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.


29 11 2009

In trying to make some final connections between my own research on Graphic Novels, increased literacy and multimodal texts, I read a few of the projects that seemed to most relevant.  What follows are my thoughts. (Just pretend the italicized words are my thought bubbles.)

I just want to remind myself to consult Drew Murphy’s Wiki on using Digital storytelling for the reluctant reader.  It might be an interesting contrast to what I did for my project.

I turned out his project was more about engaging students in storytelling using digital media, rather than getting them to read more.  I think that would be an excellent next step to promoting reading with graphic novels and other types of visual media.  As I thought when I read the title, this is an excellent example of a further remediation of text.  As Bolter describes it, one technology building on the other.  In the same way, the skills learned using multimodal texts allow the reader to progress onto the next, more sophisticated media.  The use of digital texts also allows even more input and creativity from the writer (consumer as producer).

This quote from Noah Burdett: “With the need for speed a literate person needs to be able to think critically about the material in terms of its relevance and its authority.”  NoahBurdett_ETEC540_majorproject

“To become multiliterate “What is also required is the mastery of traditional skills and techniques, genres and texts, and their applications through new media and new technologies” (Queensland, 2004). “from Learning Multiliteracies by Carmen Chan

Philip Salembier discussed the New Literacy and Multiliteracies in From one literacy, to many, to one.

He really explains how we have to be prepared as teachers and parents to understand that literacy means more than reading and writing and that digital literacy is not just understanding how to navigate the internet.  All of these are aspects of the new literacy, along with social networking skills.

Fun interactive story by Ryan Bartlett.  Might use this style to get the seniors to do a research project on Social Injustice.

Finally, just because this one blew me away! From Tracy Gidinski I hope I can use this style at some point either with my Marketing or International Business class or perhaps even a simpler storyline for an FSL course.

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!

Created another wiki

6 10 2009

This one is

I am posting my class notes, assignments, and hope the students will enjoy this medium better than overheads.

I’ve added links to Dragon’s Den and will continue to add more links as we go on. I want to encourage them to fill in the notes with more details as we work on this.

This guy gets it!

6 10 2009

I love how this guy hardly uses textbooks anymore. I’ve been thinking the same thing for years!

dy/av : 002 : the next-gen lecturer from Dan Meyer on Vimeo.