A former student sent me this NPR story that describes how physics professors are learning (!) that a lecture-only approach produces a lot less learning. These professors have discovered more than new stars and black holes: they also found that small group discussions and active learning tasks work better. Compared to lectures, these approaches create [...] Click here to read more.
11 January 2012, 1:11 pm ∞
James Pennebaker has been studying the way people write for years and has drawn some interesting insights from the way we use language. Scientific American has recently interviewed Professor Pennebaker and two of his insights might be of interest. Professor Pennebaker noted that Men and women use language differently because they negotiate their worlds differently. [...] Click here to read more.
18 August 2011, 4:13 pm ∞
Social networks have become so prevalent in modern life that people have started to speculate about whether they will soon make face-to-face interactions obsolete. Here is the word from science on this assertion: hogwash. Humans thrive on being together and a great deal of research indicates that we communicate best when we are with each [...] Click here to read more.
16 August 2011, 9:17 am ∞