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# Randy Pausch Last Lecture

By Murray Bourne, 12 Aug 2008

This is a superb video.

At the time of writing, over 6 million people have viewed it. Randy Pausch was a lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University and he sadly passed away from cancer in July 2008.

There is some excellent stuff in this video:

• Education should be less about book learning and more about doing.
• His ETC (Entertainment Technology Center) has expanded to Australia and Singapore.
• His attitude to his plight (knowing that he will be dead within months) is positive and inspiring.
• Peer assessment is very powerful as a motivator and as feedback.
• A main aim of his: "Millions of kids having fun learning something hard."
• Creativity and fun are key elements of effective education.
• Education is largely about selling
• Be willing to learn from your students - they are not blank slates, after all.
• Be a Tigger, not an Ee-yore.
• Dreams can be achieved.

What a cool lecturer.

### 2 Comments on “Randy Pausch Last Lecture”

1. Li-sa says:

Excellent lecture. There were some brief silent lapses though, quite unfortunately. Should no lapses have occurred, this lecture would be more enriching. π

2. Morte e cultura (o viceversa) « In teoria says:

[...] chiamata la “Last Lecture”, l’ultima lezione di fronte ad un pubblico numeroso. Il video della lezione - intitolata “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, cioΓΒ¨ “Realizzate i Vostri [...]

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