“Quizzing is an absolutely critical part,” [Daphne] Koller [of Coursera] says. “If someone is explaining a complicated concept, the video will pause a few minutes into it, and ask you a simple comprehension question: “Are you getting what I’m telling you?” When we check with students, we find they consistently say they want more of these.
Quizzes. The front lines of the education revolution. You heard it here first.
To be fair, this is at least a much better argument:
“I believe that what we have is in many ways superior to face-to-face teaching in a large lecture class,” Koller maintains. In a physical classroom, she observes,”when the professor asks a question, “80% of the students are still scribbling the last thing you said, 15% are on Facebook, and then there’s the smarty-pants in the front row who blurts out the answer before anybody else has had a chance to think about it.”
This argument seems an awful lot like another story that passed through my Google Reader feed today: “John McCain: I Didn’t Pick Romney Because ‘Sarah Palin Was The Better Candidate’”
Abraham Lincoln wasn’t available? How about Richard Nixon?
Perhaps the better question in both cases is, “Why are our choices so unbelievably limited?” Ironically, in both cases the answer is the current state of the modern Republican Party.