Why You Can Pass Tests and Still Fail in the Real World

Time: 5/13/2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: SL 150

Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, will visit the Western Washington University campus Tuesday, May 13. Mazur is an oft-cited author for alternative teaching and assessment strategies.


In this presentation, Mazur addresses the following questions and issues of assessment in his talk:

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. Unless we rethink our approach to assessment, it will be very difficult to produce a meaningful change in education.


The lending library at WWU's Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment includes his book "Peer Instruction: A User's Manual," a foundational text on teaching large lecture classes interactively. His talks are inspiring and thought-provoking.



For more information please contact: Justina Brown   650-7210