My philosophy of instruction in Information Systems rests on and focused around the following main areas: Independent thought is essential to the development of each student, being able to form unique independent ideas to solve problems will serve them both in and outside of the classroom, teamwork are important processes, lead the students to develop an appreciation for the subject and the material being taught in the classroom and finally, stressing the use of learned ideas and processes in new situations.
Students are urged to actively participate in the class in several ways. I believe that anyone can do well in information technology if they are willing to spend the time at it. If I provide any value added, it is in encouraging all my students to be interested enough in the subject to invest more time and to make sure they spend their time productively. I go to some lengths (individualizing computer assignments, etc.) to ensure that students know that there is no easy way out. Many students give up on computer exercises in total frustration when they reach a deadlock. I try to be available, both in scheduled lab times and in unplanned "walk around" through the labs, to ensure that students learn from the computer exercises. I believe that almost any event you can link to the business world has information technology implications. So I am using real cases to remind the students that information technology is the language of real world business.
My personal growth plan always build upon that one never develop socially, intellectually, or academically, without consistently learning new things and striving to further oneself. This can include receiving regular input from students and consistently attempting to improve my teaching style, or trying new ideas or strategies on regular basis, keep pace with developments and cutting edge in Information technology. Finally, I do not see a rigid dividing line between research and teaching. Information technology is not a collection of facts, but rather, an area of research that is still alive with puzzles, contradictions, and new areas of inquiry. I try to encourage students to discover the excitement that can be found in researching the information technology world. Following these basic principles helped me grow in my love for teaching and learning. More importantly, I have discovered that teaching with clarity, passion, empathy, and sincere enthusiasm, effectively impacts learners, ultimately connecting them to their ‘passion’ and lifelong learning.