Daily Bookmarks 01/13/2009

  • Success story of getting rid of lectures in favor of more active learning for science courses at MIT

    tags: education, highered, activelearning, science

    • The physics department has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning. Last fall, after years of experimentation and debate and resistance from students, who initially petitioned against it, the department made the change permanent. Already, attendance is up and the failure rate has dropped by more than 50 percent.
    • “Just as you can’t become a marathon runner by watching marathons on TV,” Professor Mazur said, “likewise for science, you have to go through the thought processes of doing science and not just watch your instructor do it.”
  • Web design and user interface inspiration; lots of subtle effects with jQuery to enhance the user experience without hitting you over the head with it

    tags: javascript, webdesign, jquery

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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