Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture


Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 4:00pm


Pfizer Lecture Room B23, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab,12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Is the classroom lecture becoming extinct or simply evolving?


Cathy Drennan

Professor of Biology and Chemistry and MacVicar Fellow at MIT
Professor and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute


In the age of online learning, what is the future of the college classroom? Will students be watching taped lectures from their dorm room beds? Will residential campuses even exist in the future? Professor Cathy Drennan has been creating and assessing resources for the large classroom lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the past seven years, and her findings suggest that many of the cons of the big lecture can be addressed through small innovations. In this talk, she will present data that show that the big classroom lecture format retains value in this online world; that the traditional lecture can be evolved to create a positive learning environment for a diverse group of students. These data will be presented in person – come join us for a lively discussion of the future of education.
The Herschbach teacher/scientist lecture series recognizes scholars who excel both as scientists and as educators.  The lecture series honors emeritus professor Dudley Herschbach, a Nobel-prize winning chemist and a devoted educator and is hosted by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning. 
Additionally, Dr. Drennan will discuss her scientific research on metallocofactors at a Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology seminar on Monday, October 1.