Finn Aakre Haugen's
I like teaching, writing and programming,
and most of my professional time has been spent on these
activities. I have taught various university courses,
covering control and automation, signal processing,
mathematical modelling, and simulation, and courses for
practising engineers and teachers.
I once learnt the following principles, and after decades
of teaching I see that they really make sense:
- Motivating for the topics. If students
are motivated for learning they concentrate better and
find the learning more interesting, and consequently
they learn more effectively.
- Preparing for activity. If students
work with the material in exercises, they learn more
effectively. This is "learning by doing". Also, the
learning is enhanced if the students try to articulate
the knowledge with their own words - both orally and in
- Concretizing: By using concrete
examples, theory is easier to understand, and the
important parts of the theory is automatically
emphasized. Using concrete examples also motivates.
- Developing individual and cooperating
skills: During the learning process,
students should try to develop the knowledge and insight
in cooperation with other students because this gives
more well-being and also enhances the learning. On the
other hand, students must achieve an sufficient degree
of individual skills, to avoid becoming too dependent of
others to perform tasks. Individual skills are also
required to be able to contribute positively to a
Essential in the implementation of the above principles
are both theoretical exercises - including manual
calculations, computer-based calculations, and simulations
- and laboratory assignments.
August 1, 2014. Finn Aakre Haugen (firstname.lastname@example.org).