Interactive Lectures

Looking to boost student engagement, even in large classrooms? Want to avoid having learners passively listening and taking notes?

Here are a few ways to make your lectures and class time more interactive:

 Interactive Lecture Tools

Top interactive lecture tools.

Interactive Lecture Tips

Video tips for improving lectures.


 Simulation/Standardized Patients

Using simulation labs and standardized patients for interactive learning at UNMC.

Peer Reviewed Papers

Utilizing peer review in the classroom to increase engagement.  


Interactive Lecture Tools



Kahoot! is an educational platform that is based on games and questions. Faculty can create questionnaires, discussions, or surveys that complement academic lessons. The material is projected in the learning environment and questions are answered by students in real-time.



Nearpod is a tool that combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment into one integrated solution. With Nearpod an instructor can create a presentation containing quizzes, polls, videos, images, drawing-boards and web content.

Nearpod is not currently funded as a UNMC institutional tool, but UNMC does have a negotiated contract. The contracted license is discounted and provides users with more features/storage space than an individual license.

If you are needing a license for Nearpod, please contact Kelly Sracks to be added as an active user to the account. Kelly will be asking for a cost center for the annual billing for this license.



Padlet is an online post-it board that you can share with anyone. Users are able to access the board via QR code or link using a smartphone or computer. Whoever has the Padlet board opened can see what’s on it and what everyone is writing in real-time.

Padlet is available for individuals for a small fee. Learn more about Padlet here. 



Poll Everywhere lets your audience interact with a live presentation using their mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Students participate by accessing a web page for your event or sending text messages. Instructions are displayed on-screen. Polls can be embedded within PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides.

Log into Poll Everywhere using your UNMC NetID. UNMC has invested in a campus license, do not use the free account.  Refer to the Poll Everywhere Canvas Integration Guide for instructions on how to use within Canvas.

>>More information about how to use Poll Everywhere can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.



Quizlet helps teachers engage students of all levels through curriculum-based materials, interactive study methods and games. Learn more about Quizlet.



Zoom is a web-conferencing platform that will send your camera, microphone, and desktop to other participants in a virtual meeting. As well, you can see their camera, hear their microphones, and view any desktop content they share with you. To access Zoom in the classrooms, either sign into the Zoom app or access the Zoom meeting link in your email or Canvas. 

>>More information about teaching with Zoom can be found on Keep Teaching at UNMC.

Interactive Lecture Tips

Attention Grabbers: Tips to Keep Students Engaged 

From linking content material to students' experiences outside of the classroom to marking important material with an attention-grabbing novelty, to changing the tone of your lecture, you can keep students engaged throughout the entire class time. Watch a video on how one faculty member does it:

Adjust Your Approach to Lecture:
Learn from the experience of a faculty member

Watch this video by Dr. Eric Mazur for ways to adjust your approach to lecturing. In his own words, "I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? I will explain how I came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was my teaching that caused students to fail! I will show how I have adjusted my approach to teaching and how it has improved my students' performance significantly." 

Simulation/Standardized Patients



Simulation provides learners with risk-free training environments to practice skills and gain hands-on experience before moving on to real patient situations.

The Davis Global Center is home to iEXCEL, a bold and visionary program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center purposefully designed to transform health professions education and offer unprecedented opportunities for research and development. The Davis Global Center is a highly advanced clinical simulation facility purposefully designed to foster the practice of patient care in highly-functioning and effective interprofessional teams. The Davis Global Center provides realistic replicated health care settings in which teams can practice and experiment safely.

Davis Global Center

The iEXCEL Administrative Office
is located in the Davis Global Center
on 42nd and Emile Street.

Phone: 402-559-2442

4111 Emile St.
Omaha, NE 68105



Standardized patients give your students a chance to practice interviewing skills or physical exam skills in a safe setting without risking the comfort, modesty, or safety of a real patient. It also provides students with the experience of working in emotionally charged situations, such as domestic violence, angry patients, or delivering bad news. Additionally, you're able to showcase common clinical errors in order to teach the implications of, and how to correct, the mistakes. Encounters with standardized patients are also a way to transition students from classroom experience to the care of real patients.


Peer Reviewed Papers

Have students grade each other's papers

Students can learn a great deal about a topic and what makes a good paper by grading some themselves. See how faculty are incorporating grading written assignments into a very large class in this video: