Confessions of a Converted Lecturer, Large Lectures: Thought-Provoking, Sleep-Inducing, or Both?

When: Thursday, April 05, 2012 at 4:30 pm
Where: SN 168
Speaker: Eric Mazur
Organization: Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University
Sponsor: Physics Colloquium

 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.