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Assessment: The silent killer of learning by world renown professor Dr. Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University.


Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Just as the lecture focuses on the delivery of information to students, so does assessment often focus on having students regurgitate that same information back to the instructor. Consequently, assessment fails to focus on the skills that are relevant in life in the 21st century. Assessment has been called the "hidden curriculum" as it is an important driver of students' study habits. Unless we rethink our approach to assessment, it will be very difficult to produce a meaningful change in education.

Dr. Eric Mazur, Area Chair for Applied Physics, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University

Mazur is a prominent Physicist known for his contributions in nanophotonics. In education he is widely known for his work on Peer Instruction, an interactive teaching method aimed at engaging students in the classroom and beyond.