Elizabeth Barkley
The music I was trained to teach was not the music my students wanted to learn. They didn’t even like the way I taught! To curb this catastrophe I switched from Bach to Tupac, from lecture to multimedia and online, and from being boss to letting them choose their course activities. Then I looked for new ways to measure what they learned. The transformed course is a great success and enrollment is up from 45 students per years to 782… with even more students on waiting lists.

This Carnegie Scholar course portfolio was created as a cooperative effort between Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California and the Knowledge Media Laboratory of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It analyzes the 5-year process of turning that curricular catastrophe into a cause for celebration.

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