Eric Mazur

Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century.

Join us for a conversation with Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University.

Where: Memorial Union MU 213
When: May 15, 2014 3:00-4:30 pm.
Announcement: Download the Flyer
Contact: Jon Dorbolo

Eric Mazur (Harvard)Can we teach innovation? Innovation requires whole-brain thinking — left-brain thinking for creativity and imagination, and right-brain thinking for planning and execution. Our current approach to education in science and technology focuses on the transfer of information, developing mostly right-brain thinking by stressing copying and reproducing existing ideas rather than generating new ones. I will show how shifting the focus in lectures from delivering information to team work and creative thinking greatly improves the learning that takes place in the classroom and promotes independent thinking.

Dr. Mazur is a renowned scientist and researcher in optical physics and in education research, and a sought-after author and speaker. He joined the faculty at Harvard shortly after obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Dr. Mazur is author or co-author of over 250 scientific publications and holds two dozen patents. He has also written on education and is the author of Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual (Pearson, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2006 he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching. He is the co-founder of Learning Catalytics, a platform for promoting interactive problem solving in the classroom.