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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Large Lectures Replaced

In the NYT, an article about how universities like MIT are replacing " .... 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 ... "

Enterprises have been doing this to a certain degree for years. Yet there is likely some learning that can be had from the University experiences. Still, in the enterprise there is a social component to classes that can also be powerful.

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