Philosophy of Education
My teaching philosophy involves a passion to educate students with an interest in cybersecurity and psychology. In addition, students must also be inspired from the concepts and theories from my curriculum so that they have the foundation to apply to real world use cases. Enabling students to learn from alternative perspectives, I believe extending the curriculum's foundations with case study and service learning for maximizing the student's learning experience. Furthermore, I believe technology is an extremely important factor in a student's learning experience, however, it must not be a distraction from the core learning process.
Within my classroom, I fully endorse the use of technology tools such as laptops and tablets for improving the students' learning environment and experience. Moreover, one tool I prefer over handwritten note taking is an online wiki. Wikis are a powerful content management system when used properly and frequently by a user. Another tool I encourage is the use of ebooks instead of the printed version of textbooks. Cost savings and portability on multiple devices are just two benefits received from the use of ebooks along with the ability to search and user interface customizations. To encourage class participation, I welcome students posting questions and answers to class forums and designated internet real chat (IRC) forums for courses.
From a presentation perspective, I provide visual representations of course content rather than just textual. For example, using graphical pictures for main ideas, timelines for historical events and flowcharts for complex sequences and processes help learners make the connection between concepts and words. When a topic is too complex for general discussion, I will partition the classroom into small groups using a topic board and sticky notes for learners to flesh out main topical points from group members rather than individually. Service learning is another method I use for bridging the connection between theory and real world use cases.
In summary, my vision for a successful instructional experience is comprised of transferring a solid foundation in the course material's concepts and theories to the learners during the course. Furthermore, I encourage students to use technology tools for maximizing comprehension and increased efficiency. I, also, consider the use of visual aids, charts and graphs, as an important instructional methodology for students to better grasp the course material. Lastly, group learning and service learning are two additional methodologies I leverage within the classroom for providing students' alternative learning perspectives.