We’re so proud to share the exciting “Shout-Out” that TLT gave to Professor Leena Karambelkar on November 2nd. TLT gave the “Shout-Out” to Professor Karambelkar for inspiring her students’ creativity with problem-based learning (PBL). She attended TLT’s Faculty Technology Institute in 2012 and learned about PBL from D. John Peters. According to Professor Karambelkar, “PBL makes students the decision-makers and active participants in the process of learning while the instructor’s role is of a facilitator, guide, and mentor.” Examples of student projects included poetry, teaching materials about Indian scientists, and a book written in Hindi for young girls.
“It is pure joy to see how these enthusiastic students create beautiful pieces of knowledge using critical thinking, intuition, and an urge to learn more,” says Professor Karambelkar. And students appreciate her approach to teaching: “Ms. Leena is a fantastic teacher. Going from Hindi 101 to Hindi 202, I have learned so much. By the time you get to 202, she customizes the work to each student so that we are all working on material that matters to us.”