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"I learned with lectures. Why can't my students?"

While it is true that some students can succeed in traditional courses, other students may not be able to learn from lecture presentations. By incorporating other teaching styles like collaborative learning, the door is opened for those who are often locked out.

Students come with a variety of skills, backgrounds, and learning styles. Instructors often attempt to assess students in a variety of ways to get a picture of the students' comprehension. For instance, examinations in SMET courses are often prepared with a mix of questions: Some are mathematical involving calculations while others are conceptual requiring writing. In so doing, the instructor provides an opportunity for those students who have strong mathematical skills to excel and those skilled at prose to also show their competence. The same is true with learning styles.

There are a variety of student learning styles. Some of these are compatible with a lecture-based presentation and others are not. It is this other group of students who are not reached with the traditional lecture-based course who might be reached by employing other teaching styles. For instance, some students can be classified as active learners: Active learners like to think out loud, to discuss ideas, to experiment with concepts. These students may not be reached with a lecture, but may thrive in a small collaborative group experience.

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