University lectures are ineffective for learning, analysis finds
“This is a really important article—the impression I get is that it’s almost unethical to be lecturing if you have this data,” says Eric Mazur, a physicist at Harvard University told Science magazine. Mazur was not directly involved in the study.
Active learning, which regularly engages students in discussion, call and response, or learning-related activities was found to produce much better results than lectures, resulting in as much as a 6% improvement in students’ grades. Still, Science points out, the definitions of active learning are still fuzzy and the research did not cover another emerging academic trend: massive open online courses.