From the creation of our first QuantumCamp course, we developed a set of founding principles that have guided the subsequent creation of a pedagogy that is helping lead the country into a 21st century education and out of a 19th century education. This means no textbooks, lectures, or digital versions of textbooks and lectures.
QED™ is a new way to teach,
a new way to learn.
QED™ seeks to demonstrate new practices in education that restructure how students and instructors experience the education setting and relate to each other within it.
The student is the focus of the classroom, not the instructor.
Moments of true conceptual synthesis occur when students are given the space to discover powerful ideas for themselves. In our course, "The Periodic Table" students use only the data that Mendeleev had to reconstruct the periodic table. It is in this moment that lasting knowledge is created.
New methods of instruction require new methods of student evaluation.
It took us some time to develop our assessment methodology. We were looking for ways to test long-term conceptual knowledge, not facts and simple skills.
We use our assessments to not only provide feedback to students, but more importantly to improve our performance both on the curriculum side and on the instructional side.