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Dr. Jalel Azaiez

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2008/02/08 - 4:20pm.
  • Faculty: Schulich School of Engineering
  • Department: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Email: azaiez@ucalgary.ca

Teaching Awards

Great teachers involve their students meaningfully in the course. How do you engage your students?

I believe two major aspects of a teacher contribute to successfully engaging students: first, enthusiasm, and second, interaction and feedback. It is important that the student feels that the teacher enjoys teaching and loves the subject he teaches. The teacher's excitement and enthusiasm motivate the students and catch their interest. This can be accomplished by talking about practical applications of the subject from daily life or industry, recent research developments and breakthroughs in the area, as well as prospective developments and their importance for the students' future careers. Teachers must also find ways to interact with students and give them feedback on their learning. Although it is difficult to do particularly in courses with heavy material and a short time frame, it is important to engage students in short sessions of questions and discussion. Reflection and direct discussions with the students encourage active learning and personal thinking. These periods can be also used for periodic teacher evaluation through anonymous student feedback.