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How Do Mini-lectures Improve Student Engagement?


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Active learning is the name of the game in higher education today, but no matter how much emphasis your curriculum places on engaging students, sometimes you still have to disseminate information via lecture. Learn how to deliver effective mini-lectures that resonate with your students in How Do Mini-lectures Improve Student Engagement?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor.

Based on research in cognitive and educational psychology, and integrating best practices from business and teaching theories, this fast and focused session offers you the insights you need to upgrade your teaching and the practical guidance to help you get started.


Research reveals that while the lecture format is one of the most common teaching methods in colleges and universities, it is also one of the least effective at promoting student learning.

Addressing this issue is the key to success for instructors in higher education today. Join us for How Do Mini-lectures Improve Student Engagement? and learn how you can try motivating students with your mini-lectures. Understanding how to deliver an effective presentation, capable of engaging students and communicating essential

course content to today’s learners, will help you and your students achieve learning goals. After watching this video, you will:

  • Describe cognitive and educational psychology research in attention, engagement, learning, as well as information and memory processing
  • Distinguish between before and after examples of effective visuals and PowerPoint slides
  • Examine your methods for conveying information in order to heighten student attention, engagement, information processing, and retention of information
  • Reflect on how you might alter your methods as you apply research findings on presenting for heightened attention, engaging students, information processing, and retention


Learn proven techniques you can use immediately to transform your lectures from necessary evils to persuasive presentations. Drawing on her extensive classroom and faculty development experience, Christy Price demonstrates how educating and motivating students gets easier when you develop mini-lectures that are based on how the brain works. She will also delve into:

  • Guided practice
  • Zen presentation style
  • Relevant course content
  • Embedded classroom assessment techniques
  • Positive experiences for student learners

You will also learn how to avoid “death by PowerPoint.”