Eric Mazur Events at University of Michigan

This semester, we are pleased to welcome peer instruction guru Eric Mazur to campus, presenting two talks and a workshop on February 14.  Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. In 1990, he began developing Peer Instruction, an active learning method, and he is the author of Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2011, he founded Learning Catalytics, a company that uses data analytics to improve learning in the classroom. We hope to see you at one or more of the events below. 

Peer Instruction: Confessions of a Converted Lecturer

Friday, 2/14/2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am 

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.


Student Learning Analytics at Michigan: Catalyzing Learning Using Learning Catalytics

Friday, 2/14/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Most -- if not all -- of the important skills in our life are acquired outside the traditional classroom setting. Yet we continue to teach using lectures where students passively take down information. Instead, we should really focus on the assimilation of that information and shift the focus from teaching to helping students learn. Over the past 20 years, instructors world-wide have begun to adopt Peer Instruction to get students to think in class. With the advent of new technology the process can be significantly improved. A new data-analytics driven audience response system does away with multiple choice questions and helps instructors design better questions, manage time and process flow, and optimize the discussions in the classroom. Register here.


Peer Instruction: A Workshop

Friday, 2/14/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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 used in a wide range of science and math courses at the college and secondary level. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will learn about Peer Instruction, serve as the "class" in which Peer Instruction is demonstrated, discuss several models for implementing the technique into the classroom, and learn about available teaching resources. Register here

The Nuts and Bolts of Peer Instruction in Your Own Classroom (A CRLT Workshop)

Thursday, 2/20/2014 - 9:00am - 11:00am

This workshop, a follow-up to the Eric Mazur events on 2/14/14, will go in-depth into best practices for implementing Peer Instruction into your class. Peer Instruction is a pedagogy that can be used in any discipline, with or without technology-based personal response systems. Both low-tech and high-tech versions of Peer Instruction will be reviewed in this workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to practice writing and receive feedback from colleagues on questions they could use for Peer Instruction. Time in the workshop will also be dedicated to creating a lesson plan for how to use your newly created questions. Register here.