Zeynep Kelani

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As a result of my experiences as a college instructor during the past nine years and my experience in business world, my goal is to find new ways to enhance student learning by creating a welcoming and stimulating active learning experience and environment.

I define teaching beyond traditional lecturing to students. To me, it is necessary
to involve students in active learning with real world examples. Above all, active learning is most likely to occur effectively when students are personally engaged and the subject matter is relevant to their lives not just textbook theory. For that reason, I purposely use a combination of traditional lectures and real-life applications. For example, price discrimination can be found by understanding
the four types of market structures in our economy and occurs with a great frequency in our daily lives. An example is that of senior citizens, who as a group are often offered discounts for movies, transportation, restaurants, and discount days at grocery stores. Students, on the other hand, are another segmented group that may be offered lower prices. Both seniors and students have a higher elasticity of demand and can generally afford to pay less than the average citizens. This is a great way to get the students to be intellectually engaged and be interested in class participation. By saying that, I particularly choose real-world cases, interesting news articles, realistic case studies, and engaging problems to be eye opening, informative and suitable for the content I teach. This method helps the students to understand the world in which they live and to be wiser participants in the economy. I want my students to realize and to understand the importance of fundamental economics in their everyday lives, even if they do not plan on making a career in economics or obtaining a PhD in it. My main goal is to help the students develop life-long learning skills that they can use in their professional and personal lives.

One challenge with implementing active learning in instruction is to engage students in classroom discussions. This can be achieved by creating a sociable atmosphere, particularly with large class sizes. I always try to create a comfortable class environment where students feel supported and respected in their opinions and participation.

Nowadays, we live in a world surrounded by amazing technologies. I believe effective teachers need to be aware of the latest technology and how to use it effectively in their classrooms or their online class settings with the new generations. By saying that, I frequently enroll in classes to renew my technology skills in order to be a more effective teacher to serve better to my students. Regardless I am teaching in class or online, I do use WebCT Vista components in order to give students opportunities to download lecture note-taking guides and materials and further their knowledge of course content through engagement in complementary online activities (e.g., simulation activities, video case studies, real world cases).

In summary, today’s students must be engaged and treated as active learners. Most of all, I believe that I must continually improve myself with the latest developments in my field with the newest technologies to serve my students better. I also want the same things for them. It is my pledge to prepare my students for real world issues and to be the best critical thinkers and the best decision makers in their everyday lives. As Dr. Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Since I believe Dr. Drucker’s statement, I will pledge to continue refining my approach to teaching for the greatest possible return in student achievement.  

I firmly believe that teaching is an opportunity to inspire, empower, motivate and challenge students to be more successful in the process of decision making by having them take on more responsibilities for their learning experiences and utilizing critical thinking skills.

 

Summer Semester Courses

Econ 1101-900 Introduction to Economics - Fully Online 8 weeks

Econ 2107-820 Introduction to Economics and Engineering Economy M/W 12:00 pm-1:50 pm

Econ 2107-820 Introduction to Economics and Engineering Economy M/W 6:00 pm-7:50 pm

 

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