Lecturing and expertise

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Taking this module gives you competencies to:

  • Use lecturing as an activating and knowledge construction evoking teaching method
  • Support your students’ development of expertise on your lectures
  • Analyze your own experiences of lectures as a teacher and/or as a student
  • Select lecturing methods that best fit you and your students’ learning goals

Self-study materials

Follow the steps below and study the materials. Watch the video series by Professor Erno Lehtinen and take a small collaborative task after each video (links below the image). Read also articles 1-3. The collaborative tasks under the videos are not the same as as the guided study task. If you are taking an online-course, you can find instructions to the guided study task by contacting your own University.

Collaborative tasks:

TASK 1, Is lecturing outdated?

TASK 2, In a couple of words, describe your thoughts about lecturing related to approaches to learning.

TASK 3  How to support students´ knowledge construction process during a lecture? Share an example with other participants.

TASK 4 What was interesting? What did you learn?

ARTICLES: Read articles 1-3 after watching the videos and taking the collaborative tasks

  1. Charlton, B. 2006. Lectures are an effective teaching method because they exploit human evolved 'human nature' to improve learning. Medical Hypotheses 2006; 67: 1261-5.
  2. Lonka, K. & Ketonen, E. 2012. How to make a lecture course an engaging learning experience? Studies for the Learning Society, Vol, 2, Issue 2-3, 63–74.
  3. Kember, D. & Kwan, K. 2000. Lecturers’ approaches to teaching and their relationship to conceptions of good teaching. Instructional Science 28: 469–490.

READ MORE: These are extra readings about the topic of the module

  • Knight, J. & Wood, W. 2005. Teaching More by Lecturing Less. Cell Biology Education. 2005 Winter 4(4): 298–310.
  • Steinert, Y. & Snell, L. 1999. Interactive lecturing: strategies for increasing participation in large group presentations. Medical Teacher, 21(1), 1999, 37-42.
  • Jones, S.E. (2007). Reflections on the lecture: outmoded medium or instrument of inspiration? Journal of Further and Higher Education Vol. 31, No. 4, November 2007, pp. 397–406.

Guided study

Contact your own University for information regarding guided studies based on the materials.


Content: Professor Erno Lehtinen, Department of Teacher Education and Centre for Learning Research, University of Turku