Presentations

    Promoting Innovations in Learning: PBL, TBL, and Learning Catalytics, at Center for Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education Workshop, Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan), Thursday, October 10, 2013:
    The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Promoting Innovations in Learning: PBL, TBL, and Learning Catalytics
    Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior, at aller Hacia La Sociedad del Conocimiento Transformando la Educación Superior (Santo Domingo,, República Dominicana), Thursday, September 15, 2011:
    Al abrir las puertas de cualquier sala de clases en cualquier parte del mundo, podrá observar un modelo casi universal de evaluación del aprendizaje del es- tudiante. Los profesores están ubicados al frente del salón de clases, enseñan contenido, los estudiantes (eso esperamos) intentan aprender el contenido y los profesores lo evalúan a través de métodos tradicionales, tales como exámenes de opciones múltiples, exámenes cortos o tareas de investigación. La mayoría de es- tos métodos convencionales de evaluación son de una sola dimensión y no están alineados con metas amplias... Read more about Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior
    Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior, at aller Hacia La Sociedad del Conocimiento Transformando la Educación Superior (Santo Domingo,, República Dominicana), Friday, September 16, 2011:
    Al abrir las puertas de cualquier sala de clases en cualquier parte del mundo, podrá observar un modelo casi universal de evaluación del aprendizaje del es- tudiante. Los profesores están ubicados al frente del salón de clases, enseñan contenido, los estudiantes (eso esperamos) intentan aprender el contenido y los profesores lo evalúan a través de métodos tradicionales, tales como exámenes de opciones múltiples, exámenes cortos o tareas de investigación. La mayoría de es- tos métodos convencionales de evaluación son de una sola dimensión y no están alineados con metas amplias... Read more about Repensar la evaluación del aprendizaje de los estudiantes en la educación superior
    Rethinking student learning assessment in higher education, at The University in the 21st Century: From Teaching to Learning in Costa Rica, Initiative for the Development of Academic Innovation, LASPAU, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Friday, October 21, 2011:
    Open the doors to any classroom across the globe and you will observe an almost universal model for the evaluation of student learning. Instructors stand at the front of a lecture hall, teach content, students (at least we hope) attempt to learn that content, and then instructors evaluate that content learning through traditional assessments such as multiple-choice exams, quizzes, or research papers. Most of these conventional approaches to evaluation are one-dimensional and not aligned with overarching learning goals that relate to competencies students actually need to progress successfully... Read more about Rethinking student learning assessment in higher education
    Rethinking student learning evaluation in higher education, at Strengthening Teaching and Learning in STEM Fields: Uruguay, LASPAU-Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA), Friday, June 22, 2012:
    Open the doors to any classroom across the globe and you will observe an almost universal model for the evaluation of student learning. Instructors stand at the front of a lecture hall, teach content, students (at least we hope) attempt to learn that content, and then instructors evaluate that content learning through traditional assessments such as multiple-choice exams, quizzes, or research papers. Most of these conventional approaches to evaluation are one-dimensional and not aligned with overarching learning goals that relate to competencies students actually need to progress successfully... Read more about Rethinking student learning evaluation in higher education
    Rethinking student learning evaluation in higher education, at Strengthening Teaching and Learning in STEM Fields: Uruguay, LASPAU-Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA), Friday, June 22, 2012:
    Open the doors to any classroom across the globe and you will observe an almost universal model for the evaluation of student learning. Instructors stand at the front of a lecture hall, teach content, students (at least we hope) attempt to learn that content, and then instructors evaluate that content learning through traditional assessments such as multiple-choice exams, quizzes, or research papers. Most of these conventional approaches to evaluation are one-dimensional and not aligned with overarching learning goals that relate to competencies students actually need to progress successfully... Read more about Rethinking student learning evaluation in higher education
    Showcase: A team-based, project-based approach to teaching introductory physics, at 2013 9th Annual International CDIO Conference, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Thursday, June 13, 2013:
    The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Showcase: A team-based, project-based approach to teaching introductory physics
    Small decisions, big consequences, at PRISE/REU Responsible Conduct in Research Workshop, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Tuesday, June 29, 2010:
    An interactively, case-based workshop to explore the principles of responsible conduct and ethics in research.
    Teaching Physics, Conservation Laws First, at Brigham Young University - Idaho (Rexburg, ID), Thursday, May 14, 2015:
    The Principles and Practice of Physics is a groundbreaking new calculus-based introductory physics textbook that uses a unique organization and pedagogy to allow students to develop a true conceptual understanding of physics alongside the quantitative skills needed in the course. The book organizes introductory physics around the conservation principles and provides a unified contemporary view of introductory physics. In this talk we will discuss the unique architecture of the book, the conservation-laws-first approach, and results obtained with this book.
    Team-based learning in Engineering Education, at Tour de Mazur, Universiteit Twente (Enschede, Netherlands), Wednesday, November 25, 2015:
    The teaching of physics to engineering students has remained stagnant for close to a century. In this novel team-based, project-based approach, we break the mold by giving students ownership of their learning. This new course has no standard lectures or exams, yet students’ conceptual gains are significantly greater than those obtained in traditional courses. The course blends six best practices to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop important skills, including communication, estimation, problem solving, and team skills, in addition to a solid conceptual understanding... Read more about Team-based learning in Engineering Education
    The scientific approach to teaching (Using Data to Debunk Teaching Myths), at Supporting Active Learning & Technology in Science Education Workshop, Dawson College (Montreal, QC, Canada), Wednesday, May 23, 2012:
    This is a unique opportunity to hear Professor Mazur talk about the use of data to make decisions about our classroom practices. Dr Mazur will show how the same scientific approach used in laboratories can be used to inform teaching pedagogies in our classrooms. Consistent with his active learning message, the exact content of the workshop is, well... up to YOU!

    Register and fill the survey. Dr Mazur will design his active learning workshop around YOUR questions and concerns about active learning and will show that...

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    The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design, at Curso de Innovación en la Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje, Universidad de los Andes (Santiago, Chile), Thursday, August 23, 2012:
    Discussions of teaching -- even some publications -- abound with anecdotal evidence. Our intuition often supplants a systematic, scientific approach to finding out what works and what doesn't work. Yet, research is increasingly demonstrating that our gut feelings about teaching are often wrong. In this talk I will discuss some research my group has done on gender issues in science courses and on the effectiveness of classroom demonstrations.
    The Syllabus: A Blueprint for Innovative Learning Experiences in Colombian Higher Education, at Renovacion Pedagogica 2011, Universidad Del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), Friday, June 10, 2011:
    The syllabus is the blueprint for learning in higher education; it narrates the story of the larger learning experiences instructors and students should expect to encounter as they navigate the terrains of a course. It also represents the "logic" or "theory" of a course: If instructors and students use the syllabus as a guide, engage seriously in the content and activities laid out, then learning experiences should occur. Innovative syllabi bring together and make clear instructors' expectations for student learning (Learning Goals), the evidence and... Read more about The Syllabus: A Blueprint for Innovative Learning Experiences in Colombian Higher Education
    Unlocking the secrets to student success: Real strategies for your classroom, at Innovative teaching for deeper learning institute, LASPAU-Affiliated with Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Wednesday, April 11, 2012:
    Improving student success is one of the most pressing issues in higher education across the world. Too often, despite succeeding in secondary classrooms, students are entering college underprepared to engage in the rigors of undergraduate study, which results in a number of consequences for institutions. High drop out, failure, and withdrawal rates limit students’ abilities to take full advantage of their college experience and reach their highest potential. Failing to intervene in the success problem has substantial cost implications for institutions, instructors, and societies within... Read more about Unlocking the secrets to student success: Real strategies for your classroom
    Using goal-based instructional design to frame innovative learning experiences, at Renovacion Pedagogica 2011, Universidad Del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), Friday, June 10, 2011:
    Instructors are at their core, learning designers. Most begin drawing their plans for student learning using a traditional approach, considering: Which text book and readings should I use? Which topics should I cover? How should I test my students’ knowledge? Advances in learning science suggest turning this traditional approach to course planning upside down and design student learning experiences by first asking a set of different questions: What exactly do I want my students to be able to do after they take this course? What are the learning goals I have for... Read more about Using goal-based instructional design to frame innovative learning experiences
    Using Questions to Catalyze Learning: Question Design Workshop, at Weill Cornell Medical College (New York, NY), Thursday, February 20, 2014:
    Questions are the heart of engaging students in any classroom. In this workshop, we will collaborate to discover the elements of effective questions. We will practice answering different question types as a large group via a classroom response system called Learning Catalytics and contrast that experience with other classroom response systems, such as flashcards and clickers. Finally, we will work individually and in pairs on a case study to learn promising practices for developing effective questions.
    SC 541: An Introduction to Femtosecond Laser Techniques, at Photonics West 2006 (San Jose, CA), Sunday, January 22, 2006:
    General Course Description: This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of the measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we'll discuss the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we'll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.

    Benefits Learning outcomes:

    This course will enable you to

    • Explain the basis for the electronic and optical properties of...
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    SC 541: An Introduction to Femtosecond Laser Techniques, at Photonics West 2007 (San Jose, CA), Wednesday, January 24, 2007:
    General Course Description: This interactively taught half-day course provides basic knowledge of the measurements of and research with femtosecond laser pulses. Beginning with the basic principles of the interaction of light and matter, we'll discuss the interaction of intense short pulses with matter. Using worksheets we'll address a number of common conceptual misconceptions in an interactive and collaborative setting.

    Benefits Learning outcomes:

    This course will enable you to

    • Explain the basis for the electronic and optical properties of...
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    Zero-index nanophotonics, nonlinear optics, and quantum entanglement, at Nano-optics: Principles enabling basic research and applications, Centro Ettore Majorana (Erice), Saturday, July 22, 2017
    In these interactive lectures we explore how light can be manipulated at the nanoscale. We begin by describing optical propagation in ordinary materials and then show how materials can be engineered to achieve a refractive index of zero. These zero-index materials have remarkable properties and can be integrated in photonic circuits. We also give an introduction to nonlinear optics and discuss how zero-index materials can be used to accomplish phase matching in nonlinear optics and to obtain longer coherence times and lengths among entangled emitters or qubits.

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    Engaging Students One-on-One, All At Once Session 2 , at Peer Instruction Online Course, Hong Kong Polytecnic University (online) (Hong Kong, China), Friday, September 26, 2014:
    This short-course introduces participants to the ideas of Peer Instruction (PI) and Just- in-Time-Teaching (JiTT), two research-based methods for engaging students, improving conceptual understanding, increasing retention in courses and programs, and enhancing academic performance. Participants will also learn about a new approach to instructional design. Finally, participants will apply the knowledge gained to a specific course module they are (or will be) teaching, by re-designing (or designing) the syllabus for this course module and developing a plan for implementing PI and JiTT. The... Read more about Engaging Students One-on-One, All At Once Session 2 

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