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.