Talk is Pedagogy-focused and thus Content-free
Emphasis on way material presented, NOT on content
Approach applies to many courses, particularly at introductory level
For this talk: "Lab" = "Small-group Activity"
Lecture is Well Known to be Not Very Effective
Classic 1998 study by Hake for introductory physics:
Extensive data collection and analysis of 6542 students from 62
introductory physics courses
Conclusion 1: Lecture-based courses yield meager learning of physics concepts.
Conclusion 2: "48 courses ... which made substantial use of IE [interactive
engagement] achieved an average gain [of physics concepts] ... almost two
standard deviations ... above that of the traditional courses."