Lecture Outline Handouts

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Providing students with lecture outlines provides greater student engagement than finished lecture notes or or finished presentation materials like PowerPoint slide decks.  Faculty often report that they tend to stay more on track and follow a more logical order in their lectures when they hand out lecture notes to students.  There is great educational value in this form of handout.  Mel Silberman recommends providing prepared form or skeletal outlines that prompt students to take notes during the class.   While there are a number of note-taking methods, the simplest are to fill in the blanks or fill in the outline.  And, to do that you must be engaged in the class to pick out the appropriate material for those blanks.

Please Note: These lecture outlines need to be handed out in class or made available prior to the class if they are distributed though an online platform.

Mel Liberman.  Learning: 101 Strategies to Teach Any Subject (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1996).

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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