Getting to Know Us
Check out this interview with one of our team members.
For Mohammad Hamdallah, it’s never just about the technology
Mohammad is driven by his passion to help students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world applications, especially in online and blended learning environments.
What’s your main role at Labster?
I’m Labster’s Regional Director for Science Partnerships in the Middle East which means I connect educators at schools and universities with Labster’s science simulations and our entire ecosystem of learning resources. I’ve been living in Copenhagen for quite some time but I’m originally from Jordan. I speak Arabic and English in addition to Danish, so it’s really easy to communicate with educators in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the UAE.
Why did you leave a career in finance to work at Labster?
I like technology and I like digital solutions that empower users and improve access and offer real benefits. So it’s true there is innovation in finance, for example in online trading platforms, and there is also innovation in education, for example with Labster’s virtual science education platform. But there’s an important difference and it’s the reason I wanted to make a change in my career.
For me, the education industry has real meaning. With Labster, you’re helping the next generation to grow their knowledge within the sciences they’re studying and hopefully come up with better solutions for us in the future. I like that, with Labster, I’m able to provide a useful tool for teachers as well as students. I am able to contribute to the greater good.
What has surprised you most about working at Labster?
The people here, their focus is on how to help a student become a better student. My colleagues are really passionate about education. They could be more focused on corporate, money-making logic – but they’re not. They feel connected to the teachers and their students.
What’s one important insight you share with educators?
Right now with the pandemic, instructors have a physical barrier between them and their students. So a lot of instructors assign readings and videos. The challenge is when you’re giving students something like a video to watch, you don’t know if they saw the video or not. Maybe you just ask them some questions to try to find out how much they understand. But with Labster, you’re actually able to have some tracking of the student’s progress, you can see when they played the simulation, how many times they tried to answer a question, and which answers were incorrect.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love doing sports like running, skiing, swimming, cycling. I also like to travel. Our family is large and we’re spread out in the United States, Jordan, and my wife and I live in Denmark with our three children. We love making the time to do things together. On our last trip, we went to Miami to visit my sister and we had a great time visiting the Everglades, the Florida Keys, and Disney World. I can’t wait to travel again!
Get in touch with Mohammad and his team
Mohammad Hamdallah is Labster’s Regional Director of Scientific Partnerships for the Middle East. He speaks Arabic, English, and Danish languages, so if you are an instructor searching for a virtual lab for your science courses, get in touch with Mohammad now!
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