Applied Physics Professor and Dean of Applied Physics, Eric Mazur, Harvard.

Applied Physics Professor and Dean of Applied Physics, Eric Mazur, Harvard.

Winona State University will host “Making the Large Classroom Small” with Harvard physicist and award-winning STEM educator Eric Mazur Thursday, Aug. 21, Stark 103. This professional continuing education opportunity is open to WSU faculty and registered area K-12 educators.

“Confessions of a Converted Lecturer,” from 9 to 11 a.m., will cover pedagogical strategies, including peer instruction and active learning, and uses of technology to create interactive groups and capture student thinking. “Why You Can Pass Tests and Still Fail in the Real World,” from 2 to 4 p.m., will examine current K-16 educational assessment and alternative forms of teaching and assessment.

Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Dean of Applied Physics of Harvard University. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he has received numerous awards for his instructional methods, including the Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Minerva Award for Advancements in Higher Education.

Mazur is the founder of the Mazur Group, an award-winning STEM education research group. He is credited as a pioneer in Peer Instruction, a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively, and is the author of “Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual.”

For more information, contact Liberty Kohn or the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.