When the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment released its findings in April of 2012, it addressed the ways that faculty engagement can enhance student retention and persistence. It also highlighted the importance of faculty-student engagement and expressed an increased need for professional development opportunities that facilitate instructional effectiveness through the improved use of technology. (Rhodes 2012)
While the term “lecture” can have a negative connotation in many educational circles, it remains an effective and efficient way to transmit knowledge from one expert to a room full of students within the confines of a one hour period. Luckily, the traditional lecture format is evolving to include a few techniques that can maximize the amount of content retained and increase the attention span of the modern student.