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Interactive Lecture Demonstrations improve student learning

Students acquire significantly greater understanding of course material when traditional lectures are combined with Interactive Lecture Demonstrations. In a traditional approach, students are told correct answers and then expected to repeat them on the assessment, usually a test. By contrast, the Interactive Lecture Demonstration approach sets up an environment in which students are able to apply those concepts in new contexts.

Podcast explaining the rationale behind Interactive Lecture Demonstrations.

Each step in an Interactive Lecture Demonstration contributes to student learning.

Additional research showing that Interactive Lecture Demonstrations improve learning:

Physics education research groups have conducted the most extensive investigations of Interactive Lecture Demonstrations. Learn more about physics education research groups from the University of Maryland Physics Education Research Group.

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