Education is something that should be facilitated by instructors not enforced by instructors.


Although active learning and constructivist learning philosophies are gaining in popularity, they were once much more popular than current mainstream didactic lecture-based teaching. Experiential learning, communities of practice, and peer learning are relics from a time when apprenticeships were the standard form of education. People learned by doing under the supervision of a master craftsman. Furthermore, learning was scaffolded - the apprentice would do the easy menial tasks until they proved their competence and moved on to more complicated tasks.

After the industrial revolution, this shifted and education was something that was enforced and regulated.Students sat quietly and consumed information delivered by an instructor with an intimate knowledge of the material. This approach scaled effectively for ten to thirty students which is one of the reasons that it was so popular. This model was extremely scalable for the time, but at the cost of critical thinking and the development of meta-cognitive skills.

In a modern educational landscape consisting of millions of students globally distributed this model is less scalable. These students are preparing for careers that will change multiple times over the course of a few decades. As a result, it is now more important than ever to teach students to be their own teachers and to allow them to teach each other. Teachers should now fulfill a new role as facilitators. By guiding students and scaffolding educational experiences it is possible to create scalable learning for this new massive and diverse group of learners.

My advisor and I have created a set of design decisions to improve inclusion and collaboration in the classroom. A paper about this concept was published at FIE 2018.

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Instructor of Record

CIS 4330: Introduction to Information Visualization

A course that focuses on giving students the necessary skills to ask and answer questions with data. Course projects focus on visualizing rural and urban data in and around Philadelphia. Taught as a design studio and featuring active learning and flipped classroom.

Spring 2021, Temple University

ITCS 6177 System Integration

Team-teaching with another PhD student. Our course taught students to integrate databases, sensors, machine learning, physical devices, web apps, or visualizations as needed to solve real problems. Taught as a design studio, students also held workshops to account for the customizability/open-endedness of the course topics.

Spring 2018, UNC at Charlotte.

ITCS 1610/3610 STARS Leadership Course

Service learning class taught as a startup incubtor. Each team developed a product to address a problem of societal relevance. Students were from Psychology, CS, and Management. Material included topics from psychology, marketing, management theory, history, and design.

Spring 2016, UNC at Charlotte.

Teaching Assistant

2016-17 TA of the Year Award (CS, SIS, BioInf Departments)

ITCS 3130 Human Computer Interaction

Helped guide students through active learning exercises. I provided students with design critique, helped them to develop a critical perspective about their designs, and helped guide them to use HCI techiniques including heuristic evaluation, needfinding analysis, prototyping, personas, and storyboards.

Summer II 2018, UNC at Charlotte.

ITIS 2214 Data-structures and Algorithms

Supervised Lab Assistant. Two instructors team-teach the course. I co-design peer instruction questions, verify that lab activites are correct before class, and guide students during peer instruction and lab activities.

Fall 2016, Spring 2017, UNC at Charlotte.

ITIS 1213 Intro to Media Programming II

Helped create formative and summative materials. Responsible for co-designing learning activities based on bloom's taxonomy. Supervised online peer instruction activities and held office hours on G+.

Spring 2013, Spring 2015, UNC at Charlotte.

ITCS 3182 Computer Organization and Architecture

Unsupervised lab instructor. Guided 1 sections of 50+ students through the lab portion of the course. The lab reinforced concepts from class through problem-based learning. Topics included switch level network structure, ALU, registers, buses, MIPS ISA, memory organization, pipelining and functional parallelism.

Fall 2012, UNC at Charlotte.

Adjunct Instrutor

Trilogy Web Dev Bootcamp

Substitute Instructor. Fill in for instructors when they aren't available to teach. Typically given 24 hours to review the course material and guide a 3 hour interactive active learning classroom.

Fall 2016-2017, Trilogy Bootcamp (UNCC Campus) .