Read WIRED: Balance Creativity and Productivity
Is letting employees telecommute a good idea? It turns out that the answer is maybe. Studies show that employees are more creative when they have opportunities to serendipitously interact with one another. On the other hand, they tend to be more productive when they are allowed to work from home. Why does this matter?
If the same is true for office workers and students, then it gives us an idea about what type of work should be done in class and at home. If students are more creative when they are with a group, then students should be assigned problems (new tasks) during class time. Homework should focus on exercise (repeated tasks designed to develop mastery) or other assignments that the student needs to get done.
The article also gives us ideas about how to study. When it comes to writing a paper, we should work with others long enough get a set of good ideas. Then we should go home and write the paper.