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Prof. Eric Mazur

Harvard University

Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 11:00:00 AM  

Conference room Querzoli - LENS - via Nello Carrara 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (Florence)

Enrico Fermi Colloquium

Published on-line at 10:58:32 AM on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Tyranny of the Lecture: confessions of a converted teacher

Over the past 20 years, instructors world-wide have begun to adopt Peer Instruction to get students to think in class.

Most - if not all - of the important skills in our life are acquired outside the traditional classroom setting. Yet we continue to teach using lectures where students passively take down information. Instead, we should really focus on the assimilation of that information and shift the focus from teaching to helping students learn.

Over the past 20 years, instructors world-wide have begun to adopt Peer Instruction to get students to think in class. With the advent of new technology the process can be significantly improved. A new data-analytics driven audience response system does away with multiple choice questions and helps instructors design better questions, manage time and process flow, and optimizes the discussions in the classroom.

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For further informations, please contact Prof. Diederik Wiersma.