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Friday, 05 October 2018

Raeesah Chohan - Winner of the excellence in teaching award.

Raeesah Chohan, a lecturer at the School of Management Studies, teaches Digital Marketing and Services Marketing to final year Bachelor of Business Science and Postgraduate Diploma students at UCT. She received a partial scholarship from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) to attend the Experiential Classroom Workshop XIX; an initiative by the University of Florida's Warrington School of Business. The 4-day workshop was held at the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Tampa. It comprised seminars by renowned professors in the field of Entrepreneurship and the teaching thereof, with particular attention to the experiential learning and case study methods.

On the first day of the workshop, delegates received a case study to prepare to teach to a class of university students two days later. Their teaching was evaluated by the students themselves, and two experts in the field. These teaching sessions were also video recorded and later judged by a panel of experts. Based on a collation of the evaluations from the students, the two expert judges, and the panel of experts, Raeesah was selected to win an award for excellence in teaching.

"Being able to share knowledge with others is a real privilege. I thoroughly enjoy it. So, receiving the award for excellence in teaching at The Experiential Classroom workshop was such an honour and means a lot to me,” says Raeesah. “At the workshop, I gained valuable knowledge about the Entrepreneurship field and new teaching methods. The best part was meeting the esteemed professors and interesting delegates. The Experiential Classroom workshop experience has been the highlight of my academic career. I feel incredibly lucky, and cannot wait to implement what I've learnt from the workshop in my classes, to give my students a fruitful and enjoyable learning experience."   Associate Professor Suki Goodman, head of department for the School of Management Studies commented, "I am deeply proud of Raeesah’s achievement in this international context but have to say I am not surprised. Raeesah’s student evaluations are consistently excellent and her commitment to her students’ learning exemplary. We will find an opportunity for Raeesah to share her experience at the workshop with colleagues either through the CEG or at a dedicated School seminar. "

Story By : Helga Halvorson