Days of the “Sage on Stage” are Over

Experiment: A test was given to physics students all over the world. Results showed that students only comprehend 14% more its basic concepts over a quarter.

Outcome: Listening someone to talk is not an effective way for humans to learn. However, if small group discussions are used to learn the same material, it was found that comprehension gains triple by the end of a semester.

The days of the ‘sage on stage’ are over. It is no longer enough to just have information. Teachers today have to be facilitators of a process that enables their students to self-learn through interactive conversations and activity. This is what I like to call “Collaborative Design”. Listen to this great interview from NPR news on how our antiquated lecture framework, an educational model that’s been used for centuries, is no longer enough.

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