Puzzles are fun and can be exploited to ignite a students’ interest in their discipline, enhance problem solving, critical reasoning and create the opportunity for thought-provoking conversations. We share examples of how puzzles can be employed in post-secondary teaching. Participants also get the chance to design a puzzle activity suitable for their classes.
Jalal is currently a Senior Instructor and Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. He conducts research in Computer Science pedagogy, distributed computing, and virtual communities and social networks. He published a textbook, 2 edited books, and more than 55 refereed papers and book chapters.
Leslie is the Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Science and leads a wide range of educational development initiatives in the Faculty. Her scholarly interests include transformative learning experiences, teacher identity in higher education and student engagement.