Less Lecturing, More Learning

The current issue of Harvard Magazine includes a profile of Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics Eric Mazur, who is among those leading efforts to transform the way Harvard students learn. Professor Mazur has long been an advocate of the use of clickers and pioneered the implementation of peer instruction. (Also featured in the article were several other Harvard faculty experimenting with enhanced- or post-lecture technologies, including David Malan, Logan McCarthy, and Michael McCormick.)

Given that the Bok Blog frequently features posts on alternatives to traditional lecturing, we’re excited to see Professor Mazur’s ideas  garner the attention they deserve.  If you have a chance, check out the Harvard Magazine article – and don’t forget the reader comments at the end, which raise some pertinent issues about the pace of pedagogical change at Harvard, and elsewhere in higher education.

If you know of any faculty or TFs who are shifting their focus away from lecturing in favor of other techniques that encourage more active learning, we’d love to hear about them!

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