Video Course: Reinventing the Lecture: Part 1

Anne Williams

Lectures get a bad rap because they are often poorly constructed with little interaction between the presenter and students. When lectures are designed well, teach the right content at the right level, and include activities that keep learners involved they remain the most efficient and effective way to teach terms and concepts. This three-part series deconstructs and then reconstructs lectures to ensure learners stay engaged while learning important content. 

In Part One:
• Use a learning taxonomy to properly build knowledge in the right levels.
• Identify components of the cognitive domain and match them to learning levels.
• Use four methods that build context for learners in the beginning of lectures.
• Identify five methods to 'hook' learners at the beginning of lectures.
• Explain two up-on-your-feet activities that increase learner curiosity and energy before lectures.
• Discuss two methods that improve slide design to enhance the visual aspect of lectures.

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Anne Williams

Anne Williams is a licensed massage therapist, former esthetician, certified reflexologist, clinical hypnotherapist, registered counselor, aromatherapist, author, and educator. She has worked as a school director of education, massage instructor, CE provider, spa consultant, curriculum specialist, and director of education at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). She is currently the director of education at Massage Mastery Online. Her publications include Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists (2006) and Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional (2012). Learn more at and

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