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Wednesday, June 18 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Plenary I: Why You Can Pass Tests and Still Fail in the Real World

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Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to students, so does assessment often focus on having students regurgitate that same information back to the instructor. Consequently, assessment fails to focus on the skills that are relevant in life in the 21st century. Assessment has been called the "hidden curriculum" as it is an important driver of students' study habits. Unless we rethink our approach to assessment, it will be very difficult to produce a meaningful change in education.

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Eric Mazur

Harvard University
Eric Mazur is Dean of Applied Physics and Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. In addition to his work in nanophotonics, Dr. Mazur is interested in education and science policy. In 1990 he developed Peer Instruction, a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. Peer Instruction has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many science... Read More →


Wednesday June 18, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Duncan McArthur Hall, Auditorium 511 Union Street Queen's University Kingston ON Canada