Increasing student engagement – measuring myself against Scott Moore

14 05 2010

I’ve been doing some reading ahead for my course.  I fell upon the article in Educause regarding Reaching and Engaging Today’s Learner.  Scott Moore is an educator that found he needed to make some changes to his approach to reflect the reality of the net generation.  His video lists the steps he took to improve student learning and engagement.

I see an opportunity to use his ideas as a measuring stick for my own teaching practices.  I have felt the same need to change my teaching approach in the past 2 years.  The MET program has been a further catalyst in this need to re-invent my approach.  When I started teaching adults, I created courses that students wanted to enroll in.  I created my own market.  Nowadays, I don’t get the sense the students are signing up for my class because they want to learn about Business.  It’s more that there are fewer courses available as a result of surplus situations in recent years.  I have managed to increase the Business sections from 5 to 11 per year.  That is a measure of success.  But I really feel I need to bring my courses in line with the increased availability of social networking in our classrooms.

I want to list Scott Moore’s suggestions and refer to them in the next few months to see how I am progressing.

Trying to make and upload a wordle

24 11 2009

Wordle: delicious tags

Very cool!  The wordle is made up from my delicious tags.  I tried to insert it into a school wiki but I can’t seem to figure it out.  I’ll keep trying.

This is my attempt at using

21 11 2009

Leon slide show

Using Flickr to make a new image

14 11 2009

KMcElman_090516_G1 R P1160110 P helipad H 5043 / elgin park I chocolate letter C letter N o45 V letter E Candy L S

Natalie G  from my course suggested this website to make letter tiles using different images from Flickr.  Here’s my attempt at it.

Here’s the website:

Re: the ToonDoo

11 11 2009

I am wondering why the comic won’t open when I click on it.  I have to use the link below it.  There must be some way to improve on that.  More research is required.


11 11 2009
cteachr On a typical day in Marketing Class, it’s hard to get the class to listen.

I created this comic strip while experimenting with software to use in my final project.  My son and I picked the images and wrote the storyline.  This was earlier in the semester when the class was hard to deal with.  Since then I’ve added the use of the wiki.  So now students don’t have to take notes, they know where all their assignments are and we can finally have some semblance of a discussion without the whole thing breaking down.  Their favourite day of the week is Thursday because we watch the Dragon’s Den together.  By the way, I don’t use the TV for that.  We watch it directly off the computer with the projector and speakers attached.  I’ve been tempted to bring in popcorn more than once.

Adventure with the BMI3C wiki

22 10 2009

Parents and the Wiki – Interviews were tonight and parents were quite happy to hear their children are now able to enter discussions without fear of ridicule or interruptions from other students, as well as get their notes (in case of absences).

The students are starting to fall into a routine. On Thursdays we watch Dragon’s Den online and then they go to the wiki to answer the discussion question.

Also of note, as expected, the nonsense remarks have stopped. Students who had posted inappropriate or immature items on the wiki asked to have that profile deleted and restart with a more serious attitude. Score one for the team!