Instead of the using lectures (in which students are passive recipients of information), we make extensive use of newer and research-supported active teaching methods, including Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) done in groups.
This pedagogy reflects modern theories of student learning. Our guided inquiry method uses team problem-solving to build an understanding of material. The approach teaches individuals to consider problems from a number of different perspectives and to collaborate effectively -- skills that are considered valuable in the workplace.
Here is a summary of why we chose these new pedagogies. The links below show the importance of moving away from the traditional lecture format method for teaching college courses.
- Twilight of the Lecture: The trend toward "Active Learning" may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years. Harvard Magazine. March - April, 2013. A must read for students and parents!
- When will we learn? Fareed Zakaria. Time Magazine, 11/14/11 pg 42-44
- The Khan Academy: CBS's 60 Minutes
- Don't lecture me: Rethinking the Way College Students Learn. American Radio Works, September, 2011
- Five reasons getting students to talk is worth the effort. The Teaching Professor Blog
- Reboot the School: Time Magazine, 7/9/12
- A guided inquiry classroom - YouTube
- Turning education upside down: New York Time, 10/9/13
- Why we are teaching science wrong, and how to make it right: Nature 523, 272-274 (16 July 2015) doi:10.1038/523272a
Parents of first year students will also be interested in the pedagogy as well. We hope this letter helps!