Matt on August 1, 2017

I had the distinct pleasure of attending a film festival in Dobbs Ferry, where a handful of digital stories, created by Mercy College students, were screened.  Just a little background, these students are not filmmakers, they are aspiring educators, scientist, business leaders… a range of disciplines.  There was a Math story! After the screening students […]

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Matt on February 1, 2017

My colleagues and I were excited to present our eportfolio design to the participants at the Re-Bundling Higher Education: High Impact ePortfolio Practice Conference at Guttman Community College.  The full title for our presentation was “ePortfolio as Book-Ends in a Transformative General Education Program.”   Check out the slides here and below are some photos.  One of my faculty […]

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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 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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