[caption id="attachment_68713" align="alignleft" width="196"] Students need to assimilate information before they can apply it to a different context, Mazur said.[/caption]

At an educational technology conference in Boston, Harvard University physics professor Eric Mazur explained how he uses “peer instruction” to help his students engage in deeper learning than traditional lectures can provide—and he unveiled a brand-new ed-tech service that can help educators take this concept to a whole new level.

Mazur used a simple experiment to drive home his point that lecturing is an outdated—and largely ineffective—strategy for imparting knowledge.

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