Lecturing is one of the most commonly used teaching strategies in a university classroom because it is an efficient way for instructors to present or summarize information, provide instructions, model disciplinary approaches, and identify patterns and problems. The following resources include strategies around designing and delivering an effective lecture, and preparing PowerPoint presentations to accompany your lecture:
- Structuring an Effective Lecture
- Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures
- How to Speak: Lecture Tips , Patrick Winston
- Life After Death by PowerPoint , Don McMillan
When lecturing remotely, you have two options – synchronous, real-time communication through a virtual tool (i.e., Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, etc.), or asynchronous communication by posting resources (PowerPoints, video lectures, etc.) and providing students with viewing and follow-up instructions.
You can choose between two University of Windsor-supported tools to host and deliver real-time, live lectures: Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams. Helpful resources include:
- Accessing Blackboard's Virtual Classroom
- Online Help Drop-In (BBCafe): Virtual Classroom
- Blackboard Collaborate Best Practices
- Office of Open Learning Workshops on Using Blackboard Collaborate
- Recording a Blackboard Collaborate Session
- Microsoft Teams: Getting Started
- Using Microsoft 365 Groups, Teams, and Stream for Courses
With both Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams, you can deliver live, interactive classes, hold real-time discussions, and record lectures. Each tool has its different strengths and weaknesses, though most instructors might opt to use Blackboard's Virtual Classroom as it is already integrated with Blackboard course sites. If you are interested in learning more about the differences between these platforms, Durham University provides an excellent comparison chart of the two tools’ features and capabilities.
Lectures can be pre-recorded and offered asynchronously, uploaded to Microsoft Streams. This option has the advantage of ensuring that students who are having technical difficulties or are living in different time zones can have ample opportunity to view all lectures. It also provides all students with a useful study tool. Resources include: