Prof. Eric Mazur: Flat space – deep learning
Based on the principles of backward course design (Wiggins & McTigh, 2005) Eric Mazur presented the redesign of his own course at Harvard. He promoted the backward course design approach that recommends to start “with the end in mind” by defining desired learning outcomes of a course at first.
The next step is about planning ways to measure the learning outcomes with “acceptable evidence”, and finally thinking about a suitable “instructional approach” that relies on the principle of students having the ownership of learning (November, 2012), and collaboration as a perfect way to develop knowledge and skills.
Therefore, he changed his course from a lecture into a course based on a team and project-based approach. Mazur mentioned that redesigning a course must be seen as a long-term process, and couldn’t be finished after one semester. He gave an inside view in the process of the planning process, and the realization of his didactic concept at Harvard.
Slides of the presentation:
Tool for Peer Instruction: https://learningcatalytics.com
Team Based Learning: http://tblc.roundtablelive.org
Resources concerning Mazur’s course “AP50”: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x9d9wcaoe1l5nzh/Visitor%20Packet%20Complete.pdf?dl=0
nb (notabene) – an annotation taking tool online: http://nb.mit.edu/welcome
Grant P. Wiggins & Jay McTigh (2005). Understanding by Design. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Alan November (2012). Who owns the learning? Bloomington, Indiana: Solution Tree Press.