Just Don't Lie to Them
Instead, Bain delves into the research about what we really do know about deep learning. More importantly, he gives students some ways of determining whether a professor or a course is worthwhile to them in terms of what really matters. Here, for example, are some of the questions that Bain thinks students ought to ask when determining which professors or courses to take.
- Is the course clearly organized around identifiable questions to be answered or abilities to be mastered, and does it help students to see the importance, beauty and intrigue of these questions and abilities?
- Does the course allow students to engage in those higher order thinking activities in pursuit of those questions or abilities, receive feedback and then try again before anyone "grades" their work? Do students have a chance to collaborate with others struggling with the same questions, problems or abilities?
- Does the classroom encourage speculation and an opportunity to exercise new skills even before students are well-versed in a discipline?
- Does the course challenge existing ways of thinking and seeing the world?
- Does the instructor truly believe in the students' ability to grow and develop their dynamic powers of mind?
After all, there's still time to switch sections.