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Beyond Data and Digits: My Teaching Experiences in the CSI Department Goutam Paul Computer Science Department SUNY Albany SKILL 2003 Conference, Nov 1,

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1 Beyond Data and Digits: My Teaching Experiences in the CSI Department Goutam Paul Computer Science Department SUNY Albany SKILL 2003 Conference, Nov 1, 2003

2 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 2 Organization of the talk BackgroundIntroductionCommunicationAcademicsPersonalism

3 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 3 Organization of the talk Warning The dark side! RewardSelf-improvementConclusion

4 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 4 Background As a Student –Bachelors in Computer Engineering –Masters in Computer Science –Doing PhD in Artificial Intelligence

5 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 5 Background As a TA –Both undergrad and grad courses –From 101 to 500 level courses –Both theoretical and programming courses –Both Discussion session and Grading

6 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 6 Background As an instructor –Taught undergrad level course –Supervised a TA

7 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 7 Introduction Complete Picture = Background + Foreground Dynamic Environment –Interactive –Extempore

8 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 8 Communication Students from different background, different countries –Be open Pronunciation –Go slow

9 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 9 Academic Lessons No copy-book teaching –Prepare before teaching Design own examples –Matrix multiplication: cost table = price table × quantity table

10 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 10 Academic Lessons Find real world analogy –Graph theory: geographical planning mapquest Encourage questions –Ask questions to generate questions: definitions proof steps

11 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 11 Academic Lessons Back theory with applications –Matrix: computer graphics –Graphs: computer networking

12 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 12 Personalism Office hours –Be professional, not official Not limited to office hours –Entertain corridor attacks

13 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 13 Personalism –Respond at least something Put yourself in their shoes –Recall your expectation from your own TA

14 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 14 Warning Help Solution –Programming: hand-coding vs loud thinking –Debugging: logical vs syntactical errors Be aware of trick questions –which may extract solutions

15 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 15 Warning Dramatic excuses –Grandpa dying twice –Computer crashing at the last moment

16 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 16 The Dark Side! Threats –Eye contacts –Facial expressions –Verbal – –Maybe physical

17 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 17 The Dark Side! In response –Your body language –Filter what is relevant, ignore rest –Inform the supervisor

18 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 18 Rewards Experience –Appreciation Observation –Attendance –Attitude Proof –Evaluation

19 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 19 Self-improvement The more you teach, the more you learn –Mock teaching Proof of learning –How well do you explain to others

20 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 20 Self-improvement Observe your own TAs – What do you expect, what you dont In one sense –Teaching is Preaching

21 SKILL Conference Nov 1, 2003 Goutam Paul Computer Science, SUNYA 21 Conclusion Teaching is at the same time –Teaching –Learning –Fun –Serious Honesty (no ego) –You may not know everything –Be aware of your limitations


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