Replacing antenna on the CCGS Hudson,with CCGS Needler visible on the jetty

My name is Mylène.  I teach electronics in a 2-year technician program on the east coast of Canada. I started teaching in 2009; before that, I developed databases for accounting firms, fixed satellite phones for the Coast Guard (shown in photo), and fabricated circuit boards for tracking icebergs.  All of these things find their way into my teaching somehow.

I’m especially interested in:

  • helping people love building stuff
  • creating a learning environment of bold, yet safe, mistakes
  • helping people gain more control over their learning (and preventing classrooms from thwarting us)

Courses I teach:

  • DC Circuits
  • AC Circuits
  • Semiconductor Circuits
  • Microcontroller Programming (embedded systems)
  • Electronic Fabrication (basically Intro to Hand Tools)
  • Industrial Electronics (co-teaching)
  • Electric Machines (motors and generators)

Teaching Context

For readers who might not be familiar with the Canadian education scene, my school could be most closely compared to an American vocational/technical school, except that it’s publicly subsidized.  The entrance requirements include a high school diploma or demonstrated equivalency, and tuition is between $1000-2700 per year. The median age of students is higher than an average undergraduate classroom — many students have been in the workforce for several years and/or have children.

My school is a place where you can learn to be an electrician or a funeral director or an office assistant or a continuing care worker.  It is not the kind of place where you can take Intro Anthropology and Conversational Russian while waiting to transfer to university.

This affects my teaching in various ways.  The best thing about teaching in an adult ed program is that most students are here because they love electronics.