Posted on 27/09/2013
Professor Dave Cohen
Professor Dave Cohen has been shortlisted for the Times Higher ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ 2013 Award. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 28 November 2013.
Earlier this year, Professor Cohen had already been awarded a College Excellence Teaching Prize for the redesign of our Second-Year Software Engineering strand.
“It is a real honour to be nominated,” said Professor Cohen. “I believe that the key for success in teaching is identifying and applying teaching methods that encourage self-learning. This then enables students with different learning styles to succeed.”
Professor Cohen introduced SCRUM-based agile program development, the industry standard, into Software Engineering courses. He restructured teaching of this core material, by using a problem-based approach, which has really helped students when they move into industry. Indeed, feedback has been excellent and graduates have found they can immediately apply professional skills and their practical knowledge of state-of-the-art tooling.
Professor Cohen was also the first in the UK to design and deliver a course on programming Lego robots in support of first-year teaching of Java programming. “Working in groups, students develop key professional skills and discover that programming is both necessary, and a fun activity,” he said.