lunch&LEARN: The new and improved "No-Significant-Difference-Phenomenon"


Event details

Date 14.12.2022
Hour 12:1513:00
Speaker Gerd Kortemeyer, ETHZ
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

The pandemic prompted significant shifts in the mechanisms of university teaching. 

Approaching the tail end of the pandemic, students have increasingly been given greater flexibility on how (and if) to attend lectures; whether on campus (in person), synchronously online, or asynchronously online (simply by watching recordings).

Faculty have thus rethought how they deliver lectures and blended, hybrid, or flipped scenarios are increasingly being considered.

The question now is where are we going with this, and what difference will it make? 

In this session of lunch&LEARN, Dr Gerd Kortemeyer, Director of the Educational Development and Technology (LET) department at ETH Zurich and Associate Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University, will present studies conducted with 285 students in an introductory physics course at MSU, and with 17,641 students and 639 faculty members at ETH Zurich. 

Kortemeyer will go over his findings, which indicate that there is no significant difference between in-person and online attendance, particularly when it comes to exam performance. 

Rather, the findings seem to indicate that it is our understanding of teaching and learning in higher education as we know it that may be undergoing subtle changes.

Please note that this event is internal and geared towards the EPFL teaching community. 
Registration is required to attend (click here to register)

Practical information

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