Open Classrooms Episode 11: Ilya Kavalchuk

Open Classrooms is a podcast series produced by the Academic Development Group in  Science, Engineering and Health.  Each podcast features interviews and stories from our staff who have opened up their classroom doors and shared their practices, innovations and ideas.

In this episode, Natasha Taylor talks to Ilya Kavalchuk about the approaches he uses to teach our Vietnam-based first year engineering students essential employability skills.  Faced with the challenge of teaching a multi-lingual cohort of students who are culturally accustomed to a teacher-centric approach and rote-based assessment, Ilya has effectively used problem based learning and ePortfolios to give his course authenticity and relevance.

Contact Details


If you would like to contact Ilya, send him an email.

Supporting Resources

If you are interested to know more about introducing either problem based learning or ePortfolios to your teaching, here are some resources to get you started: