Teaching science in the classroom (how to get it done right)
I thought some of you might appreciate this article in Naturehttp://www.nature.com/news/why-we-are-t ... NatureNews
The active learning method seems the best way to teach science (or some science).
Penn State has a fabulous Forensics course for their undergrads. It immerses the students in a mock murder crime wherein the students are placed in teams and are tasked with investigating the crime from start to finish.
Students examine a scene that's constructed on campus, gather evidence, and examine it in a lab.
Penn State filmed one of the courses and made it available on DVD. I saw it - totally fantastic.
For undergrads that's as hands-on as you can get. Being that active with the topic is superior I think to a boring lecture in an auditorium.