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GSAS Teaching Center Workshop: Sage on the Stage vs. Guide on the Side

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus 204 Butler Library
This session will consist of a conversation about teaching style and effectiveness in today's university classroom. The two poles of instruction, sometimes summarized as "Sage on the Stage" and "Guide on the Side", represent two ends of a spectrum. The former is more traditional, casting the instructor as the main holder of information and also the main instrument of its dissemination, typically via lecture and carefully led discussion. The latter is becoming more popular in contemporary teaching, sometimes considered an "inverted approach" to instruction in which student-led discovery is the primary driver of the educational experience. We will weigh the two approaches, and consider how different kinds of educational technology can enhance your teaching regardless of which approach you tend to take. Pizza will be available to registered participants.