4. Teaching Delivery Overview
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Your personal approach to teaching and the content delivery strategies you utilize are important components in course design and implementation. While lectures still play a large role in higher education, they too are being adapted to be in-line with the movement towards more student-centered, active-learning environments. Hence, they are becoming interactive, shorter in duration with more frequent breaks, and can include direct student involvement.1
In the traditional classroom, professors who are not natural-born presenters can be at a decided disadvantage to their "the sage on the stage" peers. Active learning strategies place less emphasis on the teacher-fronted classroom and more emphasis on student- centered strategies and student engagement.2 Using them can go a long way to retain student interest, motivation and involvement throughout the quarter.
Regardless of whether you are comfortable as "the sage on the stage," or you prefer the newer "guide on the side" approach, we have included strategies to help you improve your delivery in either context and to give you some new ideas as well.
1. Mazur, E. (1997) Peer Instruction. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Prentice-Hall
2. Frye, R., Mckinney, G. R., & Trimble, J. E. (2006). Tools and Techniques for Course Improvement: Handbook for Course Review and Assessment of Student Learning. Western Washington University: Bellingham, WA.