Teaching

Matt on January 23, 2014

In 1997 I spent a year teaching English as a second language in Japan. Throughout the first semester my students would ask me, “How can I improve my English quickly?” As a young teacher, my response was vague and revolved around working hard and practicing everyday. I was trying to learn Japanese myself and I […]

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Matt on April 6, 2009

At the Tri-IT Conference on March 25, 2009, I facilitated a breakout session called “Avenues for Wiki Collaboration.”  In the session I demonstrated a Wetpaint wiki, a powerful, web collaboration tool. Participants were challenged, through a couple of thought-provoking activities to see how the wiki might be applied for academic purposes. To see the results […]

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Matt on April 4, 2009

Design Philosophy: I love to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Summary of Experience: 5 years experience in instructional design and e-learning courseware development 5 years as highly creative teacher immersed in a variety of international cultures Proven ability to produce e-learning courseware in a deadline-driven environment by managing virtual teams across international time zones and […]

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Matt on February 24, 2009

Although it may sound a bit clichéd, here is a Chinese proverb I find motivating: “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” To explain, I find that a direct approach to learning is the best. Doing things, discovering things, feeling things, this is when we learn. […]

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Matt on February 22, 2009

Workshops and training sessions at Elon University, Elon, North Carolina: Blogging in Academic Settings Avenues for Wiki Collaboration Introduction to iTunes ‘08 Photo Story 3 for Windows Semester long courses at RMIT International University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Business Computing 1 Academic Study Skills HED Final Project Effective Presentations (two hour Workshop) Semester long […]

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Matt on February 16, 2009

Here are just two examples of teaching approaches. Teaching the phrasal verb “Go up to”: Here’s one example of how to teach the phrasal verb “go up to.” The strategy is to elicit the answer from students. Click the image to open a short presentation (created in PowerPoint with iSpirng Flash conversion). Systems Thinking: Here’s […]

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Matt on February 11, 2009

Here some simple rules I follow when creating presentation materials.  Powerpoint can be death, so use it wisely: Keep It Simple: Use words, not sentences Keywords make the point Speaker fills in the details Less is more. Use Headlines in the titles: Key words explain the slide Titles should summarize slides Bullets: 4~6 Bullets per […]

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