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A renowned researcher and scientist who was the first to win the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. Speaker Eric Mazur is a firm believer that science can only progress if education is available to all. Organizations book Eric Mazur to learn about educating the innovators of the 21st century, technology and the classroom, using clickers to turn lectures into learning, and more.
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Education speaker Eric Mazur teaches Applied Physics at Harvard University. He is a researcher and scientist who is famous worldwide and currently leads research in optical physics. His work has contributed significantly to light scattering, spectroscopy, nanophotonics, and the interaction of ultra-short laser pulses with materials.
In 2014, Eric Mazur was the first to win the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. Furthermore, he is a Member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He is also a Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands. Moreover, he has been a Visiting Professor and an honorary professor at various universities.
Throughout his career, speaker Eric Mazur has established many companies. He also patented SiOnyx with the aim to improve the infrared sensitivity of silicon-based photonics. His company, Learning Catalytics, which develops a platform for interactive teaching, was bought out by Pearson. In addition, Eric works for Turning Technologies, which is creating interactive response systems for the purpose of education.
Dr. Mazur is passionate about many aspects of science, including providing better science education for everyone. He is a firm believer that science can only progress if education is available to all.
Eric has written and co-written almost 300 scientific publications. He has also developed several patents and authored many books. One of his books, Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual, details the best ways to teach large classes in a completely interactive way. Moreover, he has written Principles and Practice of Physics, which illustrates a fresh and innovative way of explaining introductory calculus-based physics. Mazur is globally famous for his speeches on education and optics.
Mazur believes that traditional approaches to education, which focus on rote memorization and the transmission of facts, are no longer sufficient in a rapidly changing world. Instead, he advocates for a more interactive and experiential approach that encourages students to actively engage with material and to think for themselves.
In his talks, Mazur often discusses the role of technology in education and how it can be used to facilitate this more interactive and personalized approach. He also stresses the importance of providing students with real-world experiences and opportunities to apply their learning in practical contexts.
In his speaking topic, "Memorization or Understanding: Are We Teaching the Right Thing?", Eric discusses the limitations of traditional approaches to education that rely heavily on rote memorization and the transmission of facts.
Mazur believes that in today's rapidly changing world, it is more important for students to develop a deep understanding of concepts and to be able to apply them in various contexts. He argues that memorization alone is not sufficient for success in the 21st century, and that students need to be able to think critically and solve problems in order to be successful in the modern world.
In this keynote, Mazur discusses the ways in which traditional approaches to education can hinder the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and he advocates for a more interactive and experiential approach to education that encourages students to actively engage with material and to think for themselves. He also discusses the role of technology in education and how it can be used to facilitate this more personalized and interactive approach.
Eric Mazur discusses the negative impact that traditional approaches to assessment can have on student learning and motivation. Mazur, a physicist and educator, argues that traditional forms of assessment, such as multiple-choice tests and graded homework assignments, often focus on rote memorization and the transmission of facts, rather than on the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Mazur believes that these traditional forms of assessment can create a narrow focus on grades and test scores, rather than on the development of a deep understanding of concepts. He argues that this can lead to a lack of engagement and motivation among students, as they may feel that they are simply going through the motions in order to get a good grade, rather than truly learning and understanding the material.
In this speaking topic, Mazur discusses the importance of adopting a more holistic and formative approach to assessment that focuses on the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. He also discusses the role of technology in assessment and how it can be used to create more interactive and personalized assessments that encourage student engagement and motivation.
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