A new resource for CS teachers doing Peer Instruction
I’m a fan of Peer Instruction. I’m sharing this announcement that Beth Simon just made on the SIGCSE mailing list about a new resource for CS teachers who want to use Peer Instruction:
This website serves to support computing instructors implementing Peer
Instruction — a very specifically designed pedagogy developed by
Harvard physicist Eric Mazur (read more under “About”). In findings
to be presented at SIGCSE 2013, we report on Peer Instruction’s impact
in reducing class fail rates by more than half and present results
from a quasi-experimental study where students in a course adopting
Peer Instruction scored 5.7% better on the final exam than a control
section using standard lecture approaches.
We hope you might find these resources helpful and discuss them with
your colleagues. In particular: If you are interested in participating in an e-support
program for faculty adopting PI, we encourage you to sign up on our
web site. Not only can you get feedback from experienced PI
instructors, but you can also share things that worked with others and
complain about things that didn’t work!