Tag Archives: Clickers

Online vs In-Class Instruction

Last week, during my visit to the University of Maryland for my presentation on “The Academic Life,” I met Ryan Sochol, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who has interesting data regarding the merits of online versus in-class instruction. Here’s the story: Ryan teaches an upper level undergraduate subject on Additive Manufacturing. Because of room-size limits,… Read More »

The Large Lecture

The large lecture has been the default standard of university education for eons, not only for reasons of efficiency but also, when the lecturer is particularly skilled, for the sheer drama of the delivery, a source of entertainment as well as enlightenment. The lecture is not, however, the best place for peer-to-peer or two-way student-to-teacher… Read More »

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is the catch-phrase that wraps around virtually any voluntary educational activity that is for grown-ups, usually independent of degree credits and credentials. Many universities have lifelong-learning programs intended for older adults, and many of these have been set up by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement (HILR), to… Read More »

Intermediate Class Sizes

Intermediate class sizes start somewhere around twelve to eighteen participants, above which it becomes increasingly difficult to establish seminar-style peer-to-peer conversation as an integral component of the educational experience (see my last post and comments thereon). One only need do the math: a one hour session with 18 participants allows an average of only three… Read More »