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College Lectures: Not the Best for Learning, Says New Study

Active teaching, defined as engaging students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, is far more effective than passively listening to a lecture.

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Active teaching, defined as engaging students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, is far more effective than passively listening to a lecture, according to a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "The authors found that 34% of students failed their course under traditional lecturing, compared to 22% of students under active learning. This suggests that, just in the studies that they analyzed, 3,500 more students would have passed their courses if taught with active learning."

What's the Big Idea?

The authors of this study pointed out that, were it a medical study, "an effect size this large and statistically significant would warrant stopping the study and administering the treatment to everyone in the study." In other words, were this a matter of your health, boring college lectures would cease immediately and you could start actually doing something in class. You would also get better grades: "Picture a student in a traditional lecture class who scored higher than 50% of the students on the exam. If the same student were taught with active learning instead, they would score higher than 68% of the students in this lecture class."

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Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti get stuck in an infinite wedding time loop.

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Map of the World's Countries Rearranged by Population

China moves to Russia and India takes over Canada. The Swiss get Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi India. And the U.S.? It stays where it is. 

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What if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area? And the second-largest population would migrate to the second-largest country, and so on?

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David Epstein: Thinking tools for 'wicked' problems

Join the lauded author of Range in conversation with best-selling author and poker pro Maria Konnikova!

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UPDATE: Unfortunately, Malcolm Gladwell was not able to make the live stream due to scheduling issues. Fortunately, David Epstein was able to jump in at a moment's notice. We hope you enjoy this great yet unexpected episode of Big Think Live. Our thanks to David and Maria for helping us deliver a show, it is much appreciated.


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Can a quantum strategy help bring down the house?

Study finds quantum entanglement could, in principle, give a slight advantage in the game of blackjack.

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In some versions of the game blackjack, one way to win against the house is for players at the table to work as a team to keep track of and covertly communicate amongst each other the cards they have been dealt.
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What really happens in your body and brain when you orgasm?

You may be surprised at how your body and brain react to this type of pleasure.

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