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USF Professor Travels to Colombia to Share Effective Teaching Methods
August 5, 2013

Dr. Autar Kaw is an innovator in the world of virtual classrooms. Engineering students from around the world visit his website, blog and YouTube lectures as sources of supplemental instruction on complex topics. He also visits universities around the world to share his innovative methods in teaching complex material to students.

Dr. Kaw at the Universidad Del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia

Recently, Dr. Kaw traveled to Universidad Del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia to teach a two-day workshop titled Principles and Practical Applications of Effective Instruction for Engineering Educators. Over twenty professors from Universidad Del Norte’s engineering department attended the eight hour workshop. Topics included collaborative and active learning, syllabus development, and effective use of technology in and out of the classroom.

This workshop was part of the current student exchange and collaboration agreement between Universidad Del Norte and the College of Engineering. USF and Del Norte have a long standing partnership; in 2010 Dr. Kaw taught a week-long graduate-level course in Composite Materials in Universidad Del Norte and will return to Colombia in September 2013 as a keynote speaker at the World Engineering Education Forum.

Dr. Kaw is in high demand; in March 2013 he traveled to the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt, Germany to teach a week and a half long course in Numerical Methods for Engineers. And last year, he was named the 2012 Professor of the Year, the highest honor for undergraduate teaching by the Carnegie Foundation.

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