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Episode 9: 5 Strategies You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less to Break Up Your Lecture and Engage Students with Dr. Barbi Honeycutt

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In this episode, I share 5 strategies you can do in 10 minutes or less to break up your lecture, increase student engagement, and improve learning.

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from faculty and instructors is, "How do I find time to integrate active learning strategies when I have so much content to cover?"  It's a very real challenge we all face when designing courses and planning lectures. We only have so much time. 

That's why I wanted to take a moment and share a few quick - yet powerful - strategies you can use in any lecture. All of the teaching strategies take less than 10 minutes to do. You can use these ideas at any point in your lecture to re-engage students, focus attention, and assess learning. And, they work in any discipline for lectures, presentations, meetings, and other educational settings.

I start this episode by sharing some of the research about students' attention spans and how breaking up your lecture actually helps students learn how to increase their level of engagement over time. 

Show Notes:

  • Review the research: Bunce, D.M., Flens, E.A., & Neiles, K.Y. (2010). How long can students pay attention in class? A study of student attention decline using clickers. Journal of Chemistry Education. 87 (12). 1438-1443.

  • Review the research: Bradbury, N. (2016). Attention spans during lecture: 8 seconds, 10 minutes, or more? Advances in Physiology Education40 (4).

  • Review the research: Sousa, D. A. (2006). How the Brain Learns. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA.

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