How to Teach – 101

Posted by cdj On May - 14 - 2012

Harvard Physics and Applied Physics Professor Eric Mazur’s videoConfessions of a Converted Lecturer provides personal, pedagogical experience centered on an established educational technique now referred to as ‘peer instruction’ – a teaching method in which a question is posed to the class and then students are asked to explain their answers to one another. Professor Mazur’s observation “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?…” leads to surprisingly compelling viewing for those teaching (or learning) higher level science and engineering classes. Techniques probably play well with growing online university courses such as at Coursera and EdX.

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