Punctuated Lectures

Ask students to listen to a lecture or demonstration then, after a portion of the lecture/demo has been completed, the instructor stops. The students then spend a few minutes writing down what they were doing during the presentation and any insights they gained. Students realise how they are processing or failing to process presented information and how their behaviour is influencing that processing. They may then be more apt to self-monitor. Lecturers will see how well students are processing information. Distractions will become apparent to both students and the lecturer.




Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross
From Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers, 2nd Ed.