“Students Should be Encouraged to Think for Themselves”- Malik Shehzad- DILA Facilitator
A facilitator at the Designing Innovative Learning Applications Workshop, Malik Shehzad talks to us about how his experience of teaching at Namal College, Mianwali motivated him to explore the possibilities of using innovation and technology to improve learning outcomes.
Q: Where are you from and what have you studied so far?
I am from Mianwali and I completed my BSc in Computer Science from Namal College, Mianwali. I’m currently doing my MS in Innovative Technologies in Education from NUST.
Q: What attracted you to the field of Innovative Education Technology?
After graduating from Namal College, I worked there for a year as a lab instructor. This experience led me to think deeply about the effectiveness of standard pedagogical techniques. Dr. Ashraf Iqbal came to Namal to each and I TA’d for him; interaction with him further pulled me towards this field.
Q: Is there any defining moment or event that has shaped your experience in this field?
We have all been instructed to design teaching methods in such a way that the teacher does not answer questions which students ask but rather encourages them to come up with the answers themselves. I subsequently tried this technique out in real classroom situations and it works wonderfully; this really bolstered my confidence in the fact that a change in teaching methodologies can make a world of a difference for students.