On May 15, 2015, Eric Mazur visited BYU-Idaho. Dr. Mazur is a Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. He is known worldwide for his contributions to improving student learning, is the Chief Academic Advisor for Turning Technologies, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel for Allied Minds.
Dr. Mazur gave the workshops listed below:
Dr. Eric Mazur thought he was a good teacher until he discovered that his students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? He explains how he came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was his teaching that was causing his students to fail. He shows how he has adjusted his approach to teaching and how it has improved his students' performance significantly.
Workshop - Flat Space, Deep Learning
In this workshop, Eric Mazur introduces a project-based team approach that gives students ownership of their learning. This method has no standard lectures or exams, yet students' conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The approach blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding of the material.
Workshop - Peer Instruction
The basic goals of Peer Instruction are to encourage and make use of student interaction during lectures, while focusing students' attention on underlying concepts and techniques. The method has been assessed in many studies using standardized, diagnostic tests and shown to be considerably more effective than the conventional lecture approach to teaching. Peer Instruction is now widely used at the college and secondary levels. In this workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction and discuss several models for implementing the technique into their classrooms.