Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

ERIC MAZUR: "ASSESSMENT: THE SILENT KILLER OF LEARNING" (2013 DUDLEY HERSCHBACH TEACHER/SCIENTIST LECTURE)

Date/Time Tue, 10/29/2013, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location Science Center Lecture Hall C
Description
2013 Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture

ASSESSMENT
The Silent Killer of Learning

Eric Mazur, Ph.D.
Balkanski Professor of
Physics and Applied Physics
Harvard University

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4 PM
Science Center Lecture Hall C

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.
  (Molecular & Cellular Biology)
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