Improving Students’ Interaction and Participation during Lecture Time

Dear Content Contributor,

As we are planning to resume for the 2014/2015 academic session, let us take a look at a write-up by Maryellen Weimer, on how to effectively use questions in improving students’ interaction and participation during lecture time.

However, let us consider the following questions:

How many questions will be on the test?

How long should the paper be?

Will there be extra credit? 

We've all gotten those kinds of questions from our students at one time or the other but most of the time, they are looking for information they need in order to 
(fulfill all righteousness) complete the course requirements and adequately prepare for class and examination. But these questions don't really stimulate thinking and generate learning. Let us consider these points: 

What if you could change that?

What if you could just slightly alter your approach so that you and your students ask better, more effective and critical thinking questions? 

Of course, you can, when you know what questions to ask and when and how to ask them. Find out in 
What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction? 

In just 20 minutes, you will learn how to modify your language and plan your questions so that they become effective learning tools. 
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Meanwhile, most scholars and authors of books recently developed the culture of publishing most of their teaching and learning supplementary resources including case studies, questions and their solutions on the web that will stimulate thinking and generate learning.  Feel free to search for one and you will be amazed.

However, there is a debate going on globally on Innovative Approaches to Funding Higher Education and Research in Africa, Click here for more information

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Thank you.

Dr. O. Folorunso
Director, Centre for Innovation and Strategy in Learning and Teaching