PhD University of Newcastle Australia, Grad Dip UNSW Australia, BSC in Engineering RUET Bangladesh
Zahid is a Professor in Computer Science. For recent information on his profile please visit his personal webpage at http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~zislam/.
I am exploring various teaching pedagogy to find the one that suits the best for me. I change my teaching approach from subject to subject. Sometimes, I concentrate to give students as much information as possible. However, in some other situations I prefer to allow my students to explore, share and learn by themselves.
For example, in a subject like data mining, graph theory and networking students need to know the theory in the background. In this type of subjects I take a research type approach for my students where my role as a lecturer is to provide them the initial knowledge about a topic. I then give them an opportunity to figure out the advantages and disadvantages of the topic, and a possible solution of the problem. The possible solution leads them towards the next topic.
After the initial introduction my role is to guide them towards the right direction. In a lecture room I allow them to work in groups for sometime so that every group can come up with a possible solution.
For example, I provide the initial information and a general introduction if I am teaching encryption techniques in Cryptography or Network Security subject. I then encourage my students to figure out the advantages and disadvantages of encryption techniques such as Playfair Cipher and Transposition Cipher. Once they figure out the drawbacks of these techniques I engage them to work out a possible solution. Once they reach a level then I provide the next level of information so that they can proceed further. We continue this in a very friendly class room environment until they reach the state of the art. I found this teaching technique as very effective to make students interested and engaged in a topic. I think this way they also learn something that they remember for long time. They get a feeling that as if they invented the state of the art technique.
However, in a practical type subject (such as web development and programing language) I encourage them to learn and code by themselves to enjoy their work. I prefer to show them example of what can be done and ask them to do similar things.
Please feel free to have a look at Centre for Enhancing Learning and Teaching (CELT), Charles Sturt University Evaluation on my teaching.
Please feel free to have a look at the evaluations made by my beloved students at Charles Sturt University and Newcastle University on my teaching style. I have to say that my students are very generous to me and they seriously love me. They are all wonderful students. .(This is still under construction as I have not uploaded all of them yet.)
The Student Evaluation on the subjects that I have taught at CSU are as follows.
The Student Evaluation on the subjects that I have taught at Newcastle University are as follows.
For all of the above subjects there were various Course Coordinators. However, I was the lecturer for those subjects and taught them for full semesters.
For the latest research activities please visit Zahid's personal webpage at http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~zislam/.
For the latest professional activities please visit his personal webpage at http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~zislam/.
For the latest list of publications please visit his personal webpage at http://csusap.csu.edu.au/~zislam/.