How do want to teach!

Teaching Philosophy

Universities have to face open-market and free competition, while at the same time deliver user-defined benefits, rather than learning objectives. Teaching is not anymore about delivering educational material, but learning programmes.

The key to higher education is to nurture a combination of knowledge, know-how and expertise:
Knowledge combines all the activities that generate new knowledge or insights in disciplines and fields, ensuring intellectual development.
Know-How is about developing capabilities to apply best methods, practices and competences across a range of real projects, ensuring professional development.
Expertise is about developing practical solutions to contemporary complex business or social problems, drawing on knowledge and know-how from a range of disciplines and fields, ensuring skills development.


10 Points Philosophy


    1. Relevance: Taught material is up-to-date (as in today) and clearly put into context of the "big picture" of today's world. Examples and illustrations should be from outside academia.
    2. Expertise awreness: Students should be aware of the different fields of expertise, how experts in these fields create knowledge and how they communicate it. Highlight the importance of explicit (technical documents, specifications... and tacit knowledge (educated guesses, professional habits and knowhow...).
    3. Practice & Process thinking: Students should be aware of the difference between practice (low level skills) and process (high level thinking).
    4. Inter-Disciplinary approach: It involves adopting a combination of methods and approaches from different disciplines. It is a collection of working methods, techniques, mind sets, processes and practices transfered from one field into another.
    5. Learn to learn: Students should become autonomous at acquiring knowledge. At the simplest level they should regularly go to the library/ download e-books, and keep up to date via online content.
    6. No stupid question: Mis-understandings and mis-conceptions should not persist, students are encouraged to ask any questions, as there are only stupid answers.
    7. Teamwork: The ability to working collaboratively is essential.
    8. Reliance on latest technologies: Latest technologies (platforms, social networks...) should be used to deliver a content richenvironment, and to facilitate knowledge and skills acquisition.
    9. Creativity: Make sure students are methodical, structured and have clear intentions in their endeavours to deliver originality.
    10. Lets turn students into: Open-minded, curious, creative, autonomous, knowledgeable & professional adults.

Further Links


I am heavily inspired from A.R. SAAVERDA and V.D. OPFER from the RAND Corporation paper on education. Another source of inspiration is the PA Consulting report : Degree of freedom: The tectonic forces shaping the future for universities. There is also a very inspiring short movie (20min) about the future of learning in a networked society, by ERICSSON.