The Boston Globe has a timely and illustrative story about the University of Vermont’s Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine and its goal of eliminating all lectures by 2019. The medical school, like most others, has been reducing the material it teaches via lectures and the funding for this ambitious goal is being driven by an alumnus gift.
So what do you think of completely eliminating lectures? Do you think it will help increase material retention or do you think the diversity of teaching styles including lectures is important?
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Most first-year students struggle to memorize everything they need to. Eliminating lectures for group work is going to mean carving out even more time to memorize this material on your own.
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