Is the Classroom Lecture Becoming Extinct or Simply Evolving?

April 11 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mayser Gymnasium

  • Catherine Drennan

Catherine Drennan
HHMI Professor and Investigator, Professor of Chemistry and Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In the age of online learning, what is the future of the college classroom? Will students be watching taped lectures from their dorm room beds? Will residential campuses even exist in the future? Professor Cathy Drennan has been creating and assessing resources for the large classroom lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the past seven years, and her findings suggest that many of the cons of the big lecture can be addressed through small innovations. In this talk, she will present data that show that the big classroom lecture format retains value in this online world; that the traditional lecture can be evolved to create a positive learning environment for a diverse group of students. These data will be presented in person – come join us for a lively discussion of the future of education.

This event was proposed by Christine Phillips-Piro and is supported by the Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.