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Teaching approaches at ITP vs IOE

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It’s my second week in NY and I sat in on Tom Igoe’s class on Understanding Networks. I’ll do some comparisons between his class and a typical undergraduate class I took, when I was in college.

The first thing is the class size, 16 students at ITP compared to 48 students at IOE (Institute of Engineering). I was wondering how ITP came up with the number 16, did they experiment with smaller or larger groups and settled for 16 to be the optimal number. I should probably ask this the next time I run into any faculty members.

The second thing is the classroom arrangement, the students at ITP sit around tables arranged in the middle of the room, facing each other. At IOE, we’d sit on benches that were arranged in rows all facing the teacher and the energy flow would be from the teacher to the student. The energy flow in the class at ITP is more organic and involves everyone in the class, not just the teacher.

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Day 1 at ITP NYU

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On the first day at (Interactive Telecommunications Program) ITP New York University (NYU), I got to observe three amazing teachers with different teaching styles. I sat in on Tom Igoe’s Intro to Physical Communication, Daniel Shiffman’s Intro to Computational Media and Benjamin Light’s Intro to Fabrication.

I sat on Tom’s 9 am and he started with a quick activity in which the students had to introduce themselves, where they were from and what manual skill they had. The class size at ITP is relatively small compared to 48 at Pulchowk Campus, where I did my undergraduate engineering from. I was amazed by the diversity of the students. They were from different backgrounds like graphics design, industrial design, marketing, journalism, electrical engineering, computer engineering and language. I was wondering how ITP addresses the varying levels, skills and interests of this diverse group of students.

And the manual skills were also diverse: swimming, rock climbing, balance, calligraphy, water color painting, running, playing sports, setting up stages for dogs and taking pictures of the dogs, photography and making things. Mine was ‘breaking things apart’.

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