Technology can be Effectively Used to Advance Education’- Aleena Qureshi, DILA Workshop Facilitator
Aleena Hasan Qureshi, a facilitator at the Designing Innovative Learning Applications Workshop, discusses how her experience of studying Electrical Engineering made her question the effectiveness of traditional pedagogical methods and eventually drew her to the field of Innovative Technologies in Education.
Q: Where are you from and what have you studied so far?
I’m from Rawalpindi. I’ve completed my BSc in Electrical Engineering from NUST and now I’m pursuing an MS program in Innovative Technologies in Education (ITE) from the same institution.
Q: What attracted you to the field of Innovative Education Technology?
While I was studying engineering, I realized that the teaching methods and were extremely out-dated and uninspiring; there was more focus on theory rather than the practical, hands-on aspect. Additionally, the education system is designed in such a way as to homogenize people instead of safeguarding, nurturing and honing the creative potential of every individual. I chose to enter this field as I wished to address this problem.
Q: Is there any defining moment or event that has shaped your experience in this field?
The realization that technology can be viewed as a tool for betterment instead of a hindrance has really helped me. Dr. Ashraf Iqbal has also been a constant source of inspiration for me since I entered this field.