Dr. Anne C. Elster's Pedagogical Qualifications

Pedagogical education
Dr. Elster is completeting PEDUP, the PEDdagogical Development Program put together for new NTNU faculty
during the 2001-2002 schoolyear. This program a general part that is estimated to take 50 work-hrs and two
smaller modules that are estimated to take 25 hours each. She has selected a PBL (Problem-Based Learning)
module and "Teachling in large groups" as her special-topics smaller modules.

Teaching experience

Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) -- Assoc. Professor 
Dept. of Computer and Information Science (January 2001 - present)

  1. Special topics 5th-year (MS-level) course on Parallel Environments and Scientific Computing. Fall 2001. SIF 80BI
  2. Operating Systems part of a combined OS/Database course geared towards third year ECE Control Theory & Telecom students, Gave 10 double lectures for 133 registered students. Spring 2001. SIF8041
  3. "IT-emner", our colloquium/"Topics in Information technology course a PhD level course, including organizing the PhD conference connected with the course, Spring 2001. Gave several organizational and motivational talks including a couple of lectures on "What is Research in Computer Science" and "How to do CS Research (back ground searches, defining topics, etc). Around 20+ PhD student participated. Course description is at: DIF8916
  4. The University of Texas at Austin -- Adjunct Assistant Professor 
    Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering (June - December 2000)

  5. Taught Operating Systems (Fall 2000), a third year course for computer engineering students. Lectures, ca. 35 students. 
  6. Taught upper division course on Datastructures in C++ (CS7) (Su 2000). Lectures, ca. 40 students. 
  7. The University of Texas at Austin -- Reseach Associate/Lecturer Center for Numerical Analysis/ Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, Research Associate (April 1997 - Aug 1999)

  8. Did most of the lectures for a second semester grad. course on numerical PDEs since original instructor's health failed: Developed the syllabus, homework and final projects (no final was given) and set the final grades in the class.

  9. The class was cross-listed in both Dept. of Computer Science and Dept. of Mathematics.
  10. Gave several lectures and developed exam questions in Linear Algebra course when original instructor's health failed. The course was geared towards second year engineering students who have passed Calculus. More than 100 students.
  11. Computer Science Department -- Lecturer (Summer 1997 & 1998)

  12. Taught a second level data structures course in C++. Lectures, ca. 90 students.

  13. Projects given included a Family Tree Webpage Generator and a project involving the manipulation of graphical objects as linked lists. On-line course notes at: 
  14. Taught "Advanced Data Types", an algorithms analysis course summer 1998. Lectures, ca. 40 students.

  15. Included designing project that generates a k-ary structure of Webpages for a Website and performing network analysis on the links. On-line course notes at: 

    Cornell University - Teaching Assistant (1986-88, 1990-91)

  16. Half-time Teaching Assistant (TA) for Senior-level numerical analysis course, Cornell Department of Computer Science, fall 1991.

  17. Responsible for grading homeworks and exams as well as helping students during office hours.
  18. Half-time Teaching Assistant for Introductory programming course in PASCAL . (for first-year student both in Computer Science and other fields) Cornell Department of Computer Science, fall 1991.

  19. Responsible for grading homeworks and exams as well as helping students during office hours.
  20. Teaching Assistant for Junior-level assembly language programming course on the MC68000.

  21. Cornell Department of Computer Science, summer 1990 and spring 1986.
    Responsible for grading homeworks and exams as well as helping students during office hours. Gave several guest lectures when instructor was unable to attend. More than 100 students.
  22. Introductory digital systems course, School of Electrical Engineering, fall 1987 and spring 1988.

  23. Responsible for developing lab projects, grading, developing exam questions, student interactions and occational guest lectures. This course is generally taught to sophomores (second year students)
  24. Consultant for Junior-level assembly language programming course on the MC68000. Cornell Department of Computer Science, fall 1985.

  25. Answered quesitions related to students' projects on the MacIntosh (which used the MC6800 processor). This position led to the TA ship for this course the following spring. I was already on a fellowship and officially an Electrical Engineering graduate student, but the instructor begged me to become his TA.
Experience from the supervision of students
  1. Supervising Jøran Sandberg, a MS student I encourage to apply for our new direct-to-PhD track that just started this fall (2001). He is one of 3 students that we admitted into this trial program which goal is to attract our top student into our Ph.D. program. As I get access to more students through teaching, I expect to recruit several more Ph.D. students.
  2. Expect to be supervisor for several 5th year projects possibly leading to MS theses once I've developed and taught my parallel enviroments and scientific computing course.
  3. Supervisor, for Paul Sack's Senior Honors Project on "Multicasting for MPI" in Computer Engineering, at the University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2001.
  4. Supervized 7 indivual projects for the second semester graduate course on numerical methods for Partial Differential Equations, U of Texas, spring 1999. One of these projects were later expanded into two conference presentations. Other were work related to students MS and PhD theses.
  5. Helped supervise Charles DeVane's Master of Engineering Project student on Parallel Cholesky Factorization of the BBN, Dept. Computer Science, Cornell for Prof. Keshav Pingali.
Experience from examinations

Pedagogically related experience

Evaluation of your own teaching

Feedback from students the courses I have taught so far has generally been very positive.
A couple of student evaluations that were prepared in connection with my Lecture positions at the Univ. of Texas, may be provided on request.

I consider myself a dynamic speaker that tends to cover material up and beyond what is expected in a course. I am very passionate about the subjects I teach and can be considered demanding of the students.

Thanks to natural abilities and voice training, I have a very loud and carrying voice that projects well in large lecture halls. Sometimes, however, my voice can be considered a bit too loud for smaller settings, so I am working on toning myself down, when desirable.

Textbooks and teaching material etc. for the higher educational sector

Pedagogical research
[Participation in pedagogical research on a national or regional basis at university or college.]


Administration of education
[Experience from administration of education at university- or college level.]

Assessment of your need for further pedagogical courses
[A self-assessment of my needs for further pedagogical courses at university level.]

As mentioned in the first section, I will be completing the NTNU PEDUP program by spring 2002. Given my fairly extensinve lecturing experience, I do not believe I need any more formal training beyond that program, but look am looking forward to discuss pedagogical issues with my colleagues both here at NTNU and elsewhere.

[Pedagogical competence or pedagogically related or relevant experience which has not been covered by the points mentioned above.]