Presentations

Metamaterials for extreme optics, at SAIP2021 South-African Institute of Physics Conference, North-West University, South Africa, Tuesday, July 27, 2021:

Nanotechnology has enabled the development of nanostructured composite materials (metamaterials) with exotic optical properties not found in nature. In the most extreme case, we can create materials which support light waves that propagate with infinite phase velocity, corresponding to a refractive index of zero. We have developed a variety of in-plane metamaterial designs that permit obtaining a refractive index of zero in the optical regime. We will report on some of the exotic physics of zero-index metamaterials, including strong enhancement of nonlinear optical phenomena. We can also...

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Promoting self-directed learning in a remote teaching setting, at Educamp 2021 Conference, UTEC, Peru, Tuesday, July 13, 2021:

The pandemic catapulted schools and universities into remote teaching, forcing instructors and students to scramble to adapt to a new reality. By the end of 2020, public opinion on the remote teaching and learning “experiment” had soured. The verdict in the media was crystal clear: remote teaching is a disaster. Is it really that bad? Join me in analyzing how I transitioned my team- and project-based course to remote teaching and discovered how promoting ownership of learning and self-directed learning can yield surprising results. And learn why I might not go back.

Implementing self-directed learning online and in-person, at EduCamp 2021 Conference, UTEC, Peru, Tuesday, July 13, 2021:

Learning is a social experience — it requires interactions and interactivity. The coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink our approach to teaching. Moving some tasks to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. Eric Mazur will demonstrate how to move information transfer and sense-making online and make it interactive, promoting social interactions between students. In addition, he will discuss how the use of an online

Getting every student ready for every class: How to make your pre-class assignments more socially engaging, at PAEE/ALE 2021 International Conference on Active Learning in Engineering Education, Wednesday, July 7, 2021:
Learning is a social experience — it requires interactions and interactivity. The coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink our approach to teaching. Moving some tasks to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. Through Perusall, Eric Mazur will demonstrate how to move information transfer and sense-making online and make it interactive, promoting social interactions between students. In addition, he will discuss how the platform promotes intrinsic and extrinsic... Read more about Getting every student ready for every class: How to make your pre-class assignments more socially engaging
Innovating education to educate innovators, at NMES Faculty Education Network – Distinguished Speaker Series, KIng's College, London, UK, Friday, June 25, 2021:

Education is more than just transfer of information, yet that is what is mostly done in large introductory courses -- instructors present material (even though this material might be readily available in printed form) and for students the main purpose of lectures is to take down as many notes as they can. Few students have the ability, motivation, and discipline to synthesize all the information delivered to them. Yet synthesis is perhaps the most important -- and most elusive -- aspect of education. I will show how shifting the focus in lectures from delivering information to...

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Interactive Learning, online and in-person, at IAP Symposium on Innovative Leadership: Transforming Higher Education in the Digital Age , Monday, June 21, 2021:

Learning is a social experience — it requires interactions and interactivity. The coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink our approach to teaching. Moving some tasks to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. Eric Mazur will demonstrate how to move information transfer and sense-making online and make it interactive, promoting social interactions between students. In addition, he will discuss how the use of an online platform can promote intrinsic...

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Remote Learning was a Disaster. Was it?: Reflections on a year of remote teaching, at Sthem Brasil — Formação de Gestores, Wednesday, June 16, 2021:

The pandemic catapulted schools and universities into remote teaching, forcing instructors and students to scramble to adapt to a new reality. By the end of 2020, public opinion on the remote teaching and learning “experiment” had soured. The verdict in the media was crystal clear: remote teaching is a disaster. Is it really that bad? Join me in analyzing how I transitioned my team- and project-based course to remote teaching and discovered some surprising results. And learn why I might not go back.

Getting every student ready for every class: How to make your pre-class assignments more socially engaging, at UNC Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference, Friday, June 4, 2021
Learning is a social experience — it requires interactions and interactivity. The coronavirus pandemic has been a good opportunity to rethink our approach to teaching. Moving some tasks to an online format suggests that many activities that have traditionally been synchronous and instructor-paced, can be made asynchronous and self-paced. Through Perusall, Eric Mazur will demonstrate how to move information transfer and sense-making online and make it interactive, promoting social interactions between students. In addition, he will discuss how the platform promotes intrinsic and extrinsic... Read more about Getting every student ready for every class: How to make your pre-class assignments more socially engaging
Remote Learning was a Disaster. Was it?: Reflections on a year of remote teaching, at UNC Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference, Thursday, June 3, 2021

The pandemic catapulted schools and universities into remote teaching, forcing instructors and students to scramble to adapt to a new reality. By the end of 2020, public opinion on the remote teaching and learning “experiment” had soured. The verdict in the media was crystal clear: remote teaching is a disaster. Is it really that bad? Join me in analyzing how I transitioned my team- and project-based course to remote teaching and discovered some surprising results. And learn why I might not go back.


 
Remote Teaching was a Disaster. Was it?, at LInc Exchange, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Monday, May 17, 2021
Emergencies have a tendency to fast-forward societal processes. The pandemic catapulted schools and universities into online teaching, causing instructors and students to struggle to adapt to a new reality. By the end of 2020, the public opinion on remote teaching and learning soured. The verdict in the media was crystal clear: remote teaching was a disaster. Is it really that bad? Join me in analyzing how I transitioned my team- and project-based course to remote teaching and discovered some surprising results.

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