Dr Hossein Hamidi, School of Engineering, asks what is the best way of effectively teaching a MSc subject with up to 60 students from different disciplines in a manner that remains truly interesting?

Context

"Don't bore them - excite them - engage them" constantly come into my head before entering a classroom. I always ask myself: what is the best way of effectively teaching a MSc subject with up to 60 students from different disciplines in a manner that remains truly interesting?

Activity

My experience has taught me that a combination of different teaching techniques such as using smart white boards, videos, models and graphical images in explaining and illustrating challenging concepts, instead of the traditional text filled slides only is the best solution. Furthermore, I apply experience-based learning strategies by conducting laboratory experiments and forming small
discussion groups in tutorials for theoretical subjects and introducing open-end projects for design oriented subjects.

Evaluation

As an evidence, for Well and Production engineering courses, EG50T6 & EG551W, 52.8% of 36 and 45.8% of 48 students participated in final SCEF and 100%, 95% course satisfaction was obtained, respectively. In addition, I was nominated for the University of Aberdeen Award for Excellence in Teaching 2017/18 in the 'PostgraduateScience, Engineering & Healthcare' category.

Impact

As a result, many interactive and active opportunities for learning has been generated, and students' engagement could make them technically competent in their field and excite them for their profession.

Dissemination

As the leader for UG petroleum engineering programme, all the new/innovative ideas used by my colleagues and myself in the classroom and reflected in the SCEF forms are highlighted in the Annual Programme Review (APR) forms. These ideas are usually shared within the group and colleagues are encouraged to apply them.