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Teaching and Learning Colloquium April 4 Focuses on The Science of Learning

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Stony Brook University’s Sixth Annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium, From Inquiry to Discovery: The Science of Learning, will be held on Friday, April 4, from 8 am to 4 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook. The featured speaker is Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics.

Eric Mazur

An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, Mazur leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard. He devotes part of his research group’s effort to education research and finding verifiable ways to improve science education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction, a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. Mazur’s teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many science disciplines. He will present his “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer workshop at the Colloquium.

Abstract: I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? I will explain how I came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was my teaching that caused students to fail! I will show how I have adjusted my approach to teaching and how it has improved my students’ performance significantly.

The day will consist of three sessions of topical presentations, a Q&A session with presenters and “table talk” to provide opportunity for discussion of ideas and collaboration. For the full agenda, click here.

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