This semester will present some new challenges for me. These challenges will definitely be a lot of work, but, hopefully, will also be fun and interesting. I am doing three “firsts” this semester:
- For the first time, I am teaching a course that I designed from top to bottom. The course is called Finance & Investment Law. In the first class, I told my students that I take both full responsibility and credit for this course. I love having control over the both the design and delivery, but it is a lot more work and more pressure.
- For the first time, I am teaching a course at a university. Up until now, I have only taught at the college level. Here, in Canada, post-secondary education is organized in two groups: universities and colleges. Universities focus on under-graduate, graduate, and post-graduate degree programs and research. College typically provide applied education in diploma, certificate and, some times, degree programs. I have a feeling that the teaching challenges at the under-graduate university level are very similar to those at colleges. At my first university class week, I was pleasantly surprised that most of the class arrived at least 10 minutes early and many students took copious notes throughout the class. I can get used to that.
- For the first time, I am teaching a course in a post-graduate program. The program is a post-graduate certificate in international business. The students in this program already have at least a bachelor’s degree. I am impressed with how engaged and enthusiastic my students are.
This semester will be very busy and professionally challenging – in a good kind of way. 🙂