Problems and puzzles: Boosting engagement with interactivity

Joshua GreeneJoshua Greene, Professor of Psychology, designs course sessions for maximum engagement by creating interactive opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to grapple with problems and challenge one another. “It’s not a puzzle if there are not two competing, compelling arguments. I try to use students’ natural inclinations to achieve my pedagogical purposes—if they’re not at least a little confused, then I’m not doing my job.”

The benefits: Organizing both seminar-style discussions and large lecture lessons around a practical disagreement engages students

The Benefit of Interactive Learning

A 2014 Harvard Graduate School of Education Master Class featured physics professor Eric Mazur on peer instruction, an interactive method for teaching large lectures.