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If an instructor delivers a lesson at too fast a pace, students may be affected in a few ways. First, the message may go by so fast that it is never fully understood. Second, while it may be understood, there may be insufficient time to integrate it with previously learned material.

The bottom line: The pace and delivery of instruction must match the learner’s ability to understand and retain presented information.

Pace may be particularly challenging for new faculty. Interviews with new and experienced faculty have found that new faculty members feel more pressure to cover a “quantity” or an “amount” of material in each class whereas more senior faculty are selective of the concepts that are important.

Senior faculty tend to present concepts in more depth. Newer faculty may opt to “cover as much as possible” in contrast of going at a pace that may encourage the most learning.