My job as a teacher is to facilitate experiential learning and to share with students the tools and skills, and the aptitude and confidence to use them, which will help them achieve their goals as professionals and citizens.
I view my role as a co-learner with my students. I want to inspire and be inspired by their curiosity, enthusiasm and collective wisdom. We should challenge each other.
As a former amateur stand-up comic, I use comedy to introduce both levity and critical thinking to the learning process. By creating an open and supportive learning environment that values the unique knowledge and life experience of each individual, my students can learn without fear, bolstering their self-confidence.
My teaching perspective is weighted towards apprenticeship and my teaching relies heavily on recent, relevant, real-life case studies. Whenever possible, I invite my students to problem-solve actual communication and environmental issues I am working on through my consulting practice. Students have identified this real-world application of theory and practice as one of the greatest strengths of my teaching.
Recent comments from anonymous student evaluations:
“The learning environment is highly conducive to learning and extremely engaging. The instructor offers opportunities for students to participate during the lecture.”
“This has been the best learning environment in my three years of Kwantlen.”
“Andrew creates an open & honest learning environment. He often asks for feedback to ensure students have the best learning opportunities.”
“The learning environment this semester has been fun, educational and engaging. I’ve loved it.”
“The instructor is visibly passionate about the course that he teaches and is open to mediate class-wide discussions on topics related to the course. He often encourages students to participate, but never pressures students to speak. The assignments are structured so that they can be as broad or as specific as the student wants. Lastly, the course load is appropriate for this course.”
“Very engaging! Enthusiastic without being irritating, zero preaching, always encouraging and thoughtful in his comments and classwork. Great at guiding discussion without being overbearing.”
“Andrew is one of the best prof’s I have had. He relates lessons to daily news articles & relevant info.”
“Most current instructor I’ve ever had. I love that the examples, discussion topics and assignments centered on real world situations that are happening right now.”
“His real world experience really helps contextualize the concepts I’ve learned in the classroom. He is clearly interested in our feedback in order to build a better course and be a better instructor.”
Advice, Guidance and Grading
“Andrew always gives good feedback that is directed to each student. He pays attention to improvements based on previous assignments.”
“The comments given in marked assignments are helpful and clear.”
“I am always amazed at how thorough Andrew is with his marking.”