Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Class Size, Practice, and Learning

Universities are starting to work harder to supply a better product to the market. Instead of cramming butts into several-hundred-seat lectures, MIT and others are reducing class sizes to try to improve their product. But the move is not just for class size: the size reduction is geared towards getting students to have a more hands-on experience - to learn by doing and create a peer-collaborative learning environment.

I certainly can't say that I'm not guilty of falling into a lecture trap of the old school, but we need to think innovatively to capture students with different strengths and learning styles, and do a better job of creating a open line of communication between students and instructors as well as among the students so that they can unlock the material for themselves.

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