Disciplinary Expertise, Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Today’s guest post comes from Cosette Creamer, a J.D.-Ph.D. candidate and Departmental Teaching Fellow in Government, who writes about the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary teaching. A recent article in the New York Times on St. John’s College observed that “as much of academia fractures into ever more specific disciplines, this tiny college still expects —…

Around the Web: The Lecture of the Future (and the Future of the Lecture)

American Radio Works recently released a thorough reconsideration of the traditional lecture, featuring science professors, among them Harvard Physics Professor Eric Mazur, who have completely altered their classroom structures, and a school (the University of Minnesota Rochester) that stakes its radical new curriculum on what cognitive science tells us about how people learn. Called “Don’t…