New Online Social Network Supports Adherents of Interactive Teaching

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The "flipped classroom" teaching model is gaining an online following thanks to a new social networking site for educators.

The Peer Instruction (PI) Network (www.peerinstruction.net), which was recently launched by Harvard University, is a worldwide social hub for educators who use – or are interested in using – interactive teaching methods. The site, which was “designed to improve student engagement and success,” was developed by Eric Mazur, Area Dean for Applied Physics and Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

“We are amazed by the response to the initial launch of the Peer Instruction Network. By connecting people who use interactive teaching methods, we hope to cultivate a community of practice that will have a global effect on educational change.”

— Eric Mazur, Area Dean for Applied Physics and Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Already, nearly 2,000 educators are participating in PI worldwide, sharing their experiences, submitting questions, and engaging with other PI users. Some of the countries currently represented by PI members include Ethiopia, Israel, Singapore, Vietnam, Finland, Germany, Greece, South Africa, and the United States.

Learn more at www.seas.harvard.edu/news-events/press-releases/peer-instruction

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