What will be important in the future? Furthermore, how can I prepare students for the jobs that are coming in the future and not merely the ones that exist now? These are the types of questions I ask myself as I contemplate how to design and deliver courses that will produce global leaders in a marketplace that is continually evolving. In general, my approach to teaching is constructivist. I create an environment that permits students to take ownership of their learning, sense of understanding, and construction of knowledge by asking critical questions and creating experiential learning opportunities.
This method requires students to critically think and puts the student in the driver’s seat as I guide their discovery of knowledge. This approach has been very effective. Students are more keenly involved in the learning process as opposed to the passive learning that occurs in classes that solely rely upon direct teaching and lecture. Essentially, I position myself as ‘guide at the side’, while we question and scrutinize a particular issue.
A large component of this learning process for the students involves me developing relationships with industry professionals and academics across the world. This allows me to offer learning opportunities such as guest lectures from leading executives and immersive lectures with students in various parts of the world. I especially enjoy the latter considering the globalized nature of the world we live in today. I also make a point to engage with people outside of my discipline. This provides students with a multi and cross-disciplinary approach to solve problems.