Quote of the Day

“What’s the purpose of this institution? I would say it’s to conceive and promote teaching and learning as a public good, not as a private good. Everything we do can be informed by that question. When we look at for-profit universities that are using for-profit technologies to create new industries, it may not only be…

This Week at the Bok Center

Ever wondered what exactly goes on at the Bok Center? Here’s a quick glance at this week, by the numbers: 119  TFs (at least) will visit the Bok Center 12  sections will be videotaped for later review with a Bok Center Associate Director or Departmental Teaching Fellow. The sections represent diverse departments and Gen Ed…

Less Lecturing, More Learning

The current issue of Harvard Magazine includes a profile of Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics Eric Mazur, who is among those leading efforts to transform the way Harvard students learn. Professor Mazur has long been an advocate of the use of clickers and pioneered the implementation of peer instruction. (Also featured in the article…

Around the Web: the Who and the What

In advance of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case about affirmative action in college admissions, Census figures show that more people than ever are getting bachelor’s degrees, but the race gap is widening, and an article in Harvard Business School Working Knowledge discusses Harvard professor Michael I. Norton’s findings that people are never really…

A Reader Writes . . .

Frequent Bok Blog contributor and PhD candidate in Music Matthew Mugmon recently pointed me to a new technology, meant to facilitate classroom discussion. GoSoapBox is a customizable response tool that teachers can use to solicit real-time information from students – who no longer have to raise their hands. The idea is that students will feel less self-conscious…

Understanding By Design

Understanding By Design, Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe Reviewed by Jason Dowd, Departmental Teaching Fellow in Physics The idea is simple enough.  In teaching, you first identify the desired results. Once that’s done, you figure out what students could do that would be evidence of such results.  Finally, you plan activities and learning experiences geared…