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Dr. Sanford Aranoff

I cannot imagine how this can be good. The task of the professor is to explain the basic principles, using examples and counter-examples, to show how to apply the principles, to examine student misunderstandings. This does not leave time for games and clicking. See "Teaching and Helping Students Think and Do Better" on amazon.

Lloyd comments: thanks for your comments Dr Aranoff. I think few would quarrel with your general statements on teaching. However, it has often turned out to be harder than one might imagine to "examine student misunderstandings" since students turn out to be pretty good at algorithmic responses, which can disguise their lack of conceptual understanding. Active learning seems to be an effective way of forcing the discussions that lead to better conceptual learning.

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