A popular physics prof agreed to pit his traditional physics lectures against the newfangled teaching techniques promoted by Nobel Prize winner Carl Wieman and his disciples.
The results were dramatic in a “learning competition” involving more than 500 first-year engineering students at the University of B.C
The students learned more than twice as much in the new “interactive” classes than they did in the lectures by the tenured prof with more than 30 years of experience, according to a report on the experiment published in the journal Science on Friday.
The study has prompted UBC to completely revamp its giant first year physics classes, suggests that academics have a lot to learn about effective teaching.
Wieman says it is “high time” to abandon long lectures and PowerPoint presentations in favour of more lively, stimulating interactive classes.
I couldn’t agree more.
Source retrieved May 16, 2011: www.vancouversun.com/technology/teaching+techniques+earn+marks+professor/4784415/story.html#ixzz1MTKN1LPN