Transforming our thoughts about teaching

This wonderful little video (produced by some U of M Twin Cities mathematicians) has apparently been viewed over 1 million times now, which is a lot more views than it would ever get in class. I frequently run into faculty that are very intent on holding on to their teaching ideas and techniques, and certainly not sharing them openly with the world. They see those ideas as “their property”, to be guarded and controlled as much as possible. It’s a weird attitude, because almost none of them will ever see any money from those ideas, and the potential for wider viewing and usage is just so much greater if they open up (as in this case).

A good video like this takes a lot of time to produce, but faculty often put in huge hours on their lectures, labs, and demonstrations. Get it out there!

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2 Responses to Transforming our thoughts about teaching

  1. Jane says:

    I found this fascinating and watched it all the way through even though I have only a tenuous grasp of most mathematic concepts! But I feel I could give a high-level explanation of these now … and the music was quite delightful.

  2. Phi says:

    That’s wonderful to hear, and I’m sure would be music to the ears of the people that made the video :-). You gotta love it when something like that really works.

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