Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning with Prof. Eric Mazur

Event

Leacock Building Room 132, 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T7, CA

**NOTE: ROOM CHANGE. The event will be taking place in Leacock 132**

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.

The event is open to the public, and registration is free.

May 4, 2015 from 9:30-11:30am
Leacock Building, Room 132

Professor Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. Dr. Mazur is an international leader in innovative practices in higher education, and is the first recipient of the $500,000 Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education for developing a peer-instruction teaching method more than 20 years ago that is now used in classrooms worldwide. Learn more about Professor Mazur.

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Photograph by Turning Technologies, 2012

Contact Information

Contact: 
Maria Orjuela-Laverde
Organization: 
Faculty of Engineering & Teaching and Learning Services
Email: 
maria.orjuela-laverde [at] mcgill.ca
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