A Nobel laureate’s education plea: Revolutionize teaching

Posted on April 14th, 2016

NPR interviewed Nobel laureate Carl Wieman about his work to promote active learning as a more effective teaching model over traditional lecturing. Wieman cites research showing that active learning can dramatically boost learning and says that the data is so convincing it’s almost unethical to teach undergraduate students any other way. He notes, however, that for the most part institutions still measure and value productivity and research over the quality of their teaching. The interview highlights UBC as an institution that has broadly adopted the techniques that Wieman champions, especially in the sciences. Wieman started the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at UBC in 2007 to improve education across the Faculty of Science.