Do lectures help people learn?

The links below are to articles where Harvard University physics professor Eric Mazur is championing a different model to the ‘traditional lecture’. Have a look and see what you think;

‘Will a Harvard professors new technology make college lectures a thing of the past?’ http://www.good website post

‘Ending the tyranny of the lecture?’ http://www.ecampusnews.com article, only the first page is available unless you log in

The idea is a good one, especially where learners get easily bored and would rather be doing practical activities. Of course, the other side of it is when the learner doesn’t do the ‘lecture’ by themselves, and then doesn’t get the full value of the practical activity.

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