“For many university professors, teaching is like being handed the keys to a car without being taught how to drive. The result? Even experienced professors can wind up driving with their pedagogical parking brakes on. They steer forward clumsily, unaware that there’s an easier way, and ignoring the smoke emerging from the tailpipe.”
So says Barbara Oakley in the Foreword to Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide, by Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent (that’s us in the picture). The unfortunate fact is that college teaching is the only skilled profession that does not routinely require its practitioners to be trained. As a result, despite dramatic pedagogical advances made in recent decades by cognitive scientists and educational researchers, most college instructors are still using obsolete teaching methods that have repeatedly been shown to be ineffective.
Education Designs, Inc. (EDI) is a company started by, run by, and consisting entirely of the two of us, with the goal of promoting the widespread adoption of research-proven teaching methods. The company produces and provides education-related resources (publications, a blog, and an assessment tool called the Index of Learning Styles) and programs (workshops and presentations and program evaluation services). This website contains lists and descriptions of the resources and links to many of them, as well as information about how to obtain the services. If you have an interest in a particular topic, you can navigate to it using the tabs on this page; otherwise, just enjoy browsing.