What is the meaning of life?

I recently added this post to the eCampus Ontario mOOC, and thought I would share it here as well. I was asked to proctor an exam for a class that I was not teaching. Same students as I had that semester, but a totally different course. I think the subject may have been marketing, or... Continue Reading →

Post 9: Twitter

This is my final post for 9x9x25, and what fun it's been. Thank you for engaging, reading, and offering newspaper wrapped fish and chips. The best part is that this is late, and finally, after a semester of driving myself and my students crazy to get things in on time, this one last final paper... Continue Reading →

SoTL #1 – Three Keys of SoTL

I can imagine that you read the title, and are wondering, as I was, what exactly a SoTL is. Well, it seems you have come to the right place, as SoTL stands for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  I think this is a great activity because while I know alot about the subjects I teach, I... Continue Reading →

Post 8: Given a second chance

This post, the next in my series of 9 x 9 x 25, is about negotiated grading. I am currently involved in a project that uses negotiated grading and feedback for assignments. Essentially, the student hands in the homework and gets back detailed feedback without a grade. They then have the option to improve the... Continue Reading →

Post 7: Open Education Ontario Summit

I suppose my next post for 9x9x25 should be about the Open Education Summit I am attending today in Toronto. I think it's interesting to think about the tension between students and textbooks. When planning our analytics program, we purposefully decided to choose textbooks that were accessible. We could have chosen expensive and fancy books,... Continue Reading →

Post 6: Sir

This is my next post for 9x9x25. This may be a little disjointed, but that's how it happened in real life. When I first started teaching, I taught five classes a week and had a mixture of domestic and international students. Things went really well, I enjoyed teaching, and was having a lot of fun.... Continue Reading →

Post 5: Being the Nice Guy

This is my fifth post for 9x9x25. This is something I struggle with. I think a lot of other people do as well. The utopian version of what I imagine my teaching practice should be sometimes runs into the unfortunate reality of real life. The reason I like to teach is that I like to... Continue Reading →

Post 4: Drawing the impossible

In this next 9x9x25 post, I am going to share my thoughts on the impossible. Well, perhaps a more specific example, and how thinking outside the box and encourage students creativity. In a recent class we discussed a high dimensional problem (if you're interested, you can read more about it here). Since we can only... Continue Reading →

Lab Report

For this module, I experimented with a number of new technologies. I created an animated GIF without using photoshop (which was fun and easy, I will probably use these for my course material development in the future) and I also played around with http://www.googlelittrips.org/ which seems like a really neat idea. As a huge fan of... Continue Reading →

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