In this blog, the role of the lecture is discussed by Christine Harrington (Middlesex County College) and Todd Zakrajsek (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Over the past 25 years, higher education has shifted from a culture of teacher-centered to learning-centered education. During that time a good deal of research has shown that engaging students in learning greatly facilitates learning. This is not to say one should never lecture, but rather that students benefit from a combination of lecturing and active/engaged learning. In this blog we discuss the role of the lecture in our educational system and propose a more balanced approach to teaching.