Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Don't Lecture Me: Teaching through Discussions

An inspiring APM documentary discussing a new method of teaching college students: discussions. The basic idea is that instead of the professor standing in front of the class and lecturing them, she would tell the students to simply discuss the material and ask each other questions about it. The students then begin discussing the material with one another, and since some of them have just understood the new concept begin taught very recently, they are more likely to explain it to those who have trouble getting it right.

The full transcript is available here and the online audio is here and the downlaodable mp3 file is here.

Eric Mazur teaching his class at Harvard. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

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