Assessment: The Silent Killer of Innovation- An Upcoming Talk by Eric Mazur

In titling this talk, Eric Mazur was certainly planning to jumpstart a dialogue around assessment in the 21st Century, and makes it clear where he stands on the issue.  Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 4.55.44 PM

As part of the Dudley Herschbach lecture series, which brings distinguished scientists who are also deeply involved in education to the fore, Mazur will discuss how many assessment techniques employed in today’s college classrooms are inauthentic.  In his words, “Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to students, so does assessment often focus on having students regurgitate that same information back to the instructor. Consequently, assessment fails to focus on the skills that are relevant in life in the 21st century. ”  Mazur posits that unless we rethink and reengineer assessment techniques, we will fail to make any meaningful changes in education in the future.

Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.  He will be speaking in Science Center Lecture Hall C on OCtober 29th at 4pm.  Please join us!


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