There are a variety of useful and effective teaching strategies beyond the use of lecture. While lecturing if often a very effective method of conveying information to students, there are a wide variety of other strategies to convey information and keep students engaged during the class period. Determining the most effective teaching strategy will depend on the nature of the course being taught, the goals of the course, and the instructor’s comfort level. In this section, we present and explore a variety of teaching strategies, offer suggestions to integrate some of these strategies into the classroom, and provide additional information to help instructors learn more about the diversity of teaching methods.

Lectures

Presentation Skills

Discussion

Service Learning

Lab/Recitation

Active Learning

Teaching Large Classes

Further Resources

Implement Effective Instructional Strategies

Strategies for Effective Teaching in the Laboratory Class

Helpful Articles

Facilitating Group Discussions: Understanding Group Development and Dynamics – Kathy Takayama

Orienting Students to an “Inside-Out Course”: Establishing a Classroom Culture of Interactive, Coolperative Learning – Karlene Ferrante

PowerPoint: What is the Point – Eugene V. Gallagher and Michael Reder

Creating a Culture of Co-Learners with Problem-Based Learning – Kristi L. Arndt

The Phenomenon of Large Classes and Practical Suggestions for Teaching Them – Frank Gillespie

Effective Classroom Discussions – William E. Cashin

Active Learning Strategies in Face-to-Face Courses – Barbara J. Mills

Effective Lecturing – William E. Cashin

Improving Instructors’ Speaking Skills – Nancy R. Goulden

The Flipped Classroom – Anne M. Braseby