Learning cannot be achieved merely by providing students with a textbook. Learning occurs only when the book is given context within a wider educational framework. The instructor’s role in creating this context cannot be overemphasized. It is crucial to building a teaching structure responsive to students’ needs. My educational philosophy relies mainly on preparing students for their future careers, making use of all available resources to educate them, and fostering enthusiasm and interest in engineering. It also relies on creating a circle of trust between the students and their instructor by being fair and respectful. Students should understand the career they are training after they graduate. Therefore, I include in my courses relevant examples that reflect engineering practice so that students feel the spirit of their future career. Exhibiting enthusiasm and interest with students is a very important aspect of my lecture. I encourage students’ inquiries and class discussions and respond clearly to questions anytime during the lecture. I also promote students’ free-thinking and preparation before each lecture by asking challenging questions during lectures and awarding bonus marks for students who answer correctly. I keep my students engaged throughout the semester by providing biweekly assignments, lab exercises, quizzes, a midterm, a final project, and a final exam. I believe in the value of teamwork; therefore, I ask my students to do their final project in groups. Group work proves useful since students can sometimes put things into words that other students may better understand.
Additionally, teamwork gives the students a better understanding of their future career in the industry. I believe modern technology is shaping the future of engineering. Therefore, I use all resources available in delivering my course materials. I take advantage of full PT Classrooms (Full Presentation Technology classrooms featuring a podium, with multimedia equipment stored inside, and a ceiling-mounted data/video projector) in order to help the students understand the materials through animated presentations. I also use web site blackboard technology to include posting announcements, assignments, assignments solutions, marks, lecture notes, discussions board, and any link to a useful website that helps students. Treating students with respect and fairness is critical to the success of any academic institution. I build students’ trust and respect them by discussing different points of view from different students. It is important to me to be fair with my students; I post all the marks record on the blackboard week by week, I also make myself available to students anytime during the regular hours and after hours by email or by phone. My teaching methods were built to accommodate the needs of the next generation of engineers. While I am already a capable teacher, I have committed to continually improving my teaching ability. Throughout my academic career, I will work hard to see my students succeed.
Dr. Mohamed Marey, COE
Regarding teaching, my priorities are to convey knowledge and develop critical thinking skills. When I am in front of my class, I think of the background and diversity of students; however, when I see beyond my students, I think of motivation and open-mindedness.
I believe that to be most effective as an instructor, and one must create an interactive and collaborative environment that promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills. To create this environment, I always encourage students to ask questions and give their views on the material we are covering. My main goal for the students is to have them learn the facts and principles related to Mathematics, to learn how and when to apply them, and to understand why we are learning all this. In teaching, my overarching goal is to develop a student-centered environment. I want students to participate rather than passively learn actively.
Conducting a class that not only covers the material in a lucid manner, but that is also engaging, relevant, and enjoyable is one of my primary goals as a mathematics instructor. It enhances the mathematical education of my students, and so increases the pleasure and satisfaction that I get from the teaching. While I look forward to the further evaluation of my teaching style, I have found my current techniques to be very helpful in fulfilling these goals.
Dr. Muhammad Dure Ahmad, COH
I believe I am especially blessed because I was chosen to teach legal education, which distinguishes right from wrong and just from unjust.
I believe legal teaching helps students holding the highest professional and ethical standards. After education, they can distinguish between wrong and right on the one hand and between just and unjust on the other.
I believe mere knowledge and specialization in a specific field cannot help a man to survive in this complex socio-legal and socio-economic world. He needs to develop skill in his area of specialization. He should be able to work independently with full professional enthusiasm, whether they are sentencing a wrongdoer or defending an innocent. He must be a critical thinker while analyzing a case or a substantive legal doctrine.
I believe a lawyer without leadership quality is like a body without a soul. He does not only presents pieces of evidence to defend his clients but also answers the questions of juries and judges, examines witnesses, and crosses them in many circumstances. He must know the art of conversation and defense, the science of jurisprudence, and the science of administration of justice.
After graduating from law school, a student should effectively contribute to social reform. Social and gender inequality and discrimination, all sorts of fundamentalism and violence, and Environmental hazards put the entire civilization in great threat. In my opinion, my students should be well equipped with human rights, humanitarian, environmental and social laws to combat all the above-mentioned social evils. They must know the art of reform laws.