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Creating Engaging Online Lectures – Superlative

We Interrupt this Broadcast…

This is the final installment of our series Creating Engaging Online Lectures. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for tagging along! We’re ending with a lecture idea that’s sure to reinforce lesson ideas as you teach. We call it “superlative.” The gist is to stop your lecture at the end of each logical unit and ask your students to identify what stuck out to them. Which facts were most important, disturbing, surprising or complex so far? They’ll be reinforcing the content without even knowing it (like a mindhack)!

As always, if you’ve got engaging lecture ideas of your own, we’d love to heard them. Shout us out on Twitter if you’ve enjoyed this series, and share it with your colleagues!


Basic Idea: Interrupt your presentation at the end of each logical unit and ask groups to identify the most important, the most disturbing, the most surprising or the most complex idea presented so far.

Application: This interactive lecture format is especially suitable when participants are taking notes on an easily segmented lecture and will have time to discuss them in groups.


  • Stop lecturing at logical points (every 5-7 minutes).
  • Ask participants to work in groups (works well in breakouts) to identify the most important concept presented so far and ask groups to share their decisions.
  • Next ask groups to identify the most disturbing or surprising concept and share. Repeat.

This engaging lecture idea is part of a series created by the Thiagi Group.

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