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Two Pills Tips: Step Away from the Podium!

Give more and get more from your audience!





  • “Universities were founded in Western Europe in 1050 and lecturing has been the predominant form of teaching ever since”

  • Scott Freeman, University of Washington

  • “It’s almost unethical to be lecturing if you have this data…an abundance of proof that lecturing is outmoded, outdated, and inefficient.”

  • Eric Mazur, Harvard University 

  • Our Learners

  • Self-directed, problem-centered, prefer active involvement

  • Millennial learners are participatory and prefer assembling information

  • Need to recall extensive amounts of practical information

  • Why active learning?

  • Meta-analysis of 225 undergrad STEM studies

  • Comparing student performance when exposed to traditional lecture vs. lecture with active learning

  • Performance

  • Traditional lecture = 34%

  • Active learning = 22%

  • Exam scores ↑ 6%

  • Letter grade ↑ C+ to B-

  • Active Learning

  • Student centered

  • Knowledge structures changing

  • Contextualized knowledge

  • Small groups

  • Student dialogue

  • Transformational

  • Passive Learning

  • Teacher centered

  • Passive learning/memorization

  • Knowledge out of context

  • Individual

  • Student listening

  • Traditional