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February 2001, Vol. 4 No. 1 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Aims of Laboratory Teaching
Professor Vijay Gupta
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
The teaching of laboratory courses in engineering and science is perhaps the weakest links in the chain of education. Touted as components essential for giving a practical orientation to education, there appears to be a lot of confusion regarding their aims and objectives. Continue reading

Demonstrations and Active Learning During Lectures
Associate Professor Andrew T.S. Wee
Department of Physics
Should lectures merely transmit information that is already printed in the textbook? Do our students actually learn during class time, or do they simply feverishly scribble down everything we say, hoping somehow to understand the material later? Can large lectures be thought-provoking, or only sleep-inducing? Continue reading