Agile Teaching and Learning (ATLM) in Engineering Education
Engineering curriculums are generally intensive in nature which usually make the students fatigued at the receiving end and the instructors are stressed at the delivery end. Students frequently fail to connect the concepts with applications. Traditional methods of teaching and learning do not encourage aspiration towards an innovative, collaborative, enthusiastic and holistic mindset. Many skill sets remain unnurtured and unexplored that are required for a better performance in real life problem solving by the engineering graduates. Polls suggest that friction, in confidence, ignorance and fear among students work mostly as hindrances towards participation and collaboration. Towards expectation of attaining all the engineering graduate attributes within the students, how much is reflected through practice, will eventually shape the world around us with the associated developments. Concepts of Agile Teaching and Learning Method has been applied in this case study in the course feedback under Civil and Environmental Engineering field to foster the overall engagement, participation and collaboration among the students in the classroom.
Dr. Nehreen Majed is currently serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Asia Pacific (UAP), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Management at North South University in Dhaka.
Being an active researcher, Dr. Nehreen received multiple in-house research grants at UAP working on different issues in Environmental Engineering field including spatial and temporal variation of river water quality, waste loads from outfall discharge, evaluation of effluent treatments plants in industries, Life Cycle Assessment of waste management and waste water treatment technologies, uptake and bio-accumulation of environmental contaminants through food-chain etc. Apart from the academic responsibilities, Dr. Nehreen also holds the position of the Director of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at UAP with an aim to foster internationalization through initiating global collaborations. She is also working as a member of the self-assessment committee for quality assurance while actively participating in the implementation of the Outcome Based Education (OBE) in the department. She also serves as a certified evaluator of Board of Accreditation of Engineering and Technical Education (BAETE), Bangladesh for on-site evaluation and accreditation of BSc Engineering Programs.
Nehreen is a passionate educator with contribution in different voluntary platforms such as Agami Education Foundation, Women Architects, Engineers and Planners Association in Bangladesh etc. With great enthusiasm in Agile Scrum instructional concept, Nehreen is implementing the method in Engineering courses in Bangladesh. She aims to bring positive and innovative changes in the techniques of Engineering and Science based knowledge dissemination.