Sometimes there’s nothing better than chalk and a chalkboard

Blended classrooms, MOOCs, multi-media infotainment- are the new ways really better?
Should lectures really go the way of the dodo?
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Not so fast……
Yes, it is true that small group activities, discussion sessions and other student-centered teaching techniques are quite effective at enhancing learning and retention of material, even complex biological and neuroscience concepts. I certainly use a variety of non-lecture techniques in my courses and I think I’m a better teacher as a result. By “better” I mean that my students seem to master the course material and my course objectives and they also seem quite satisfied.

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