KNU Workshop #06 - Art of Effective Lecturing

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Whether you are teaching for the very first time or are a seasoned veteran, prepare carefully for the initial class. Your preparation and attitude is contagious: students will pick up on your excitement, be more likely to commit to your class, and invest greater energy in the class.

You can also tell your students something about yourself that first day. If the class is small, you can have class members introduce themselves. If the class will require a lot of student interaction in discussions or projects, you might divide the students into pairs and give each pair five minutes to interview each other (be sure to indicate when the time is half over). The pairs then introduce each other to the rest of the group. This method has the advantage of not putting people on the spot to talk about themselves and yet making sure everyone already knows at least one other member of the group.

Also consider giving your students a minute to swap email addresses or phone numbers with at least one other person in the class—this provides a safety net for the student who misses a class or needs help with an assignment; it also minimises the number of trivial questions you’ll receive about course details.

Demonstrate your commitment to the students by making a serious effort to learn their names and their reasons for taking the course, and by letting them know when and why they should visit your office hours.

Although many teachers devote the first day merely to such preliminaries, we recommend that you make a running start—that is, that you also begin discussing material or presenting information. This signals to the students that you are serious about making their time with you worthwhile and that you expect progress to be made in every session together.

Whether designing a new course or preparing to adopt a standardised curriculum, you will find it helpful to begin your course preparation by clearly defining what you expect your students to have learned by the end of your course or section. You can then put together course materials, or select new ways of presenting course materials, that serve the learning outcomes you have chosen.

This workshop will explore the reasons and the concept behind the SCL. Participants attending the workshop will engage with the core aspects of the SCL and work in groups towards a feasible learning outcome that includes the core aspect of SCL. Furthermore they will learn to;

  1. Conduct interactive resourceful lecturing
  2. Engage with students in formal and informal education phases 24/7

A Knowledge University Workshop

By Dr Dilan M Rostam

The President of KNU


This workshop is arranged by KNU’s

Centre for Academic Research, Training and Activities (CART)

  • WORKSHOP #06
  • 11th Feb 2020, at 13:30
  • KNU Main Library

Speaker Profile

A.Prof. Dilan M Rostam
A.Prof. Dilan M Rostam

Dr Dilan Majid Rostam (Roshani), is the President of Knowledge University (KNU) (Oct 2019- Present) and a PhD holder from the University of Nottingham and an Associate Professor in Architecture/Civil Engineering. He has been a teaching member of Department of Architectural Engineering (DARE) at Koya University in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, Vice President for Scientific Affairs (VPS) of Koya University (Feb 2012 - Feb 2016), Postdoctoral research on Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the University of Nottingham (Feb 2016 - April 2018) and VPS of Bayan University (Nov 2018-July 2019) in Erbil. My research interest is in BIM and e-collaboration between AEC members, generally IT applications in Engineering and IT-based Collaboration and Knowledge Transfer Strategies as well as progressive Higher Education Leadership and advancements.

Long industrial/academic experiences from Sweden, Norway and the UK in applied IT in the working process as well as in collaboration concepts have helped me to realise the complex solution for quality education which I would like to share with you in this workshop.  

Who can participate

Participation in the workshop is open to all our members of staff, students and external guests with interest in this topic. Your attendance will be highly appreciated. Lets enjoy a relaxing session and learn something together.

About Knowledge University

Knowledge University (KNU) is a private university located in the city of ErbilKurdistan Region of Iraq. KNU provides diverse higher education, research and consultancy to all its students via such programs as Engineering, Science, Law, Business, Economy and Teacher Education. KNU is also renowned for maintaining one of the best quality campuses in Iraq with green, sustainable program objectives and outcome throughout its activities. KNU encourages its academic community to seek knowledge, affirm skills and ensure excellence in their academic and professional achievements. KNU intends to expand its program and become a leading educational institute of science and humanities. Please visit our campus on your next visit to Erbil, the hub and capital city of Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

How to get here

Knowledge University (KNU) is located in the immediate outskirts of Erbil, the capital city of Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As you are heading toward Kirkuk on Kirkuk Road, you will see KNU on your left hand side. 

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Art of Effective Lecturing - Workshop 06 KNU