Answer to "What makes a good lecturer?"


A number of studies have reported the features of an effective or ‘master lecturer’.


Features of the effective lecturer include:


  • Clarity of Presentation. The lecturer understands the subject and knows how to convey that understanding to others.  The lecture is clear, structured, organised and prepared and makes best use of aids such as PowerPoint.

  • Keypoints.  The lecturer addresses the required learning outcomes and identifies key points and summarises these.

  • Engagement of the learner.  The lecturer engages the audience, interests them in the lecture content and stimulates them to be active learners.

  • Emotional Stimulation.  The lecturer is excited about what they are doing. They are enthusiastic, inspiring, exciting and caring about the students.


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