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My teaching philosophy has its basis in my own experience and the nature of project management work. The parallels of teaching project management and any associated concepts to being a Project Manager are significant for me. I encourage a class of diverse students, not unlike a multi-disciplined project team, to participate and collaborate to get the most out of their learning. Similar to planning and executing scopes of work as project manager for commercial and government clients, my responsibility as an instructor is to develop and provide a stimulating learning experience to facilitate understanding and mastery of course objectives by the students. Therefore, my goal, as with my project clients, is to ensure that their expectations have been met - not only have course objectives as strictly written been achieved, but the value of the subject matter has been uniquely and successfully absorbed by each student. I am thrilled to see students complete a course competent in its technical content as well as confident in their ability to integrate their new skills into everyday practice.

My teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that people learn through doing – that concrete experience coupled with active reflection is one of the best approaches to learning. I believe we learn from failures as much as success, and that the classroom experience is not restricted to the classroom environment. My overall goal is to expose the students to the theory of project management and provide them with an opportunity to practice project management.

I also believe that my students have duties to me, to their fellow students, and to themselves. I believe that these duties support me in fulfilling my duties to students. Thus, I believe that it is the students' responsibility to be supportive of the instructor and fellow students by being tolerant of…...

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