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Dave Pritchard to speak Thursday 9/4

September 3, 2014

What Do Students Learn, What From, What Should They Learn, An Example, Can MOOCs Help?

Thursday, Sept 4, 4 pm 10-250

David E. Pritchard, Green Professor Physics, MIT, developer of

Data from our online tutor showed tremendous learning, but little evidence that students think like a physicist. Further disquieting news comes from investigations of exactly what students learned, how much they remembered as seniors, the role of homework copying, the limitations of partial credit grading, and the great disparity between what physics teachers want to teach and what our students want to learn. I shall present evidence that a blended on-campus course can teach physics expertise. Then I’ll describe a vision of how research, development, online learning and MOOCs can be combined to spread better learning universally.

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