Thursday, January 15, 2009

Interactive Collaborative Student-Centered Learning is Best : Universities such as MIT are Getting Smarter

According to Sara Rimer at the New York Times, they are getting smarter at MIT, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, at North Carolina State University, at the University of Maryland, at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at Harvard.

They are finally catching on that interactive and collaborative student-centered learning in smaller groups is far more effective than one-directional lectures preached from the pulpit by professors or their ilk to a multitude of young listeners in lecture halls.

We ourselves used to teach in four-hour stints to 200 students at a time in one large auditorium in a German law school and were always of the opinion that this antiquated model of teaching - prevalent in German legal education - was by no means the optimal method to exercise teaching responsibilities or to attain learning objectives.

It's a good read. Take a look: At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard.

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