Video: Teaching “COM125 Intro to Internet” @ SIM

Combining Dick Hardt’s slick presentation style (on Identity 2.0), with Alex Halavais’ Facebook snooping technique, I put together an introduction of myself and the Internet course (COM125) which I am currently teaching at the Singapore Institute of Management for UB. I hope this inspires students to participate by being bloggers themselves. Credit also goes to my colleague Derek Lackaff sharing his syllabus with me. For details on this course, check out the class blog at

Frankly speaking, I dreaded how I ran my first morning class on Monday. Students were coming in late and doing their own thing, so I had to turn into someone I totally wasn’t. That made me think of teaching as performance art… the challenge being to stretch the edges of your character. At some point, I became so strict that I even scared myself watching the video. Moving on, my goal was to get students enthusiastic about the subject matter: The Social Web.

Upon reflection, I realized how I could have improved on a lot of the things I said… and I did just that with the second COM125 group which I taught today. Maybe it was because of how students came in earlier this time. I didn’t have to discipline anyone and I became much more confident, happier and funnier (at least from the class laughter). It’s too bad that I only got footage from the earlier class and not this one, but oh well… I promised to keep it real (being transparent) so here is my first performance in all it’s glory.

We’ll see if this helps or hurts me.

UPDATE: Hah, those jokers at Frontallabs…

28 thoughts on “Video: Teaching “COM125 Intro to Internet” @ SIM

  1. Whoa! I can’t imagine the “Mac Kevin” I know turning into authoritative-lecturer-Kevin.

    Break a leg! Now’s just teething problems. I’m sure your students will be dying to attend your classes in no time. =)

  2. Hi Kevin

    I really liked your lecture, and I will be waiting for the next one ๐Ÿ™‚ so please keep up the good work.


  3. Well done. Sounds like a course I’d like to attend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Perhaps I’ll just stream this convenient, compelling video tomorrow morning, rather than lecturing… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I dig the “prof’s eye view.” I’ll have to try that with my classes. Give the students an idea of what it’s like to look out onto see of student faces.

  5. You’re a brave man Kevin. Your maiden effort is more impressive than I could have guessed. Keep up the good work.

    BTW, I wasn’t expecting my cameo. I’ll be awaiting my royalty check soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Dear Kevin

    Fret not, students nowadays are so wired in the virtual world that their schedules for the physical world lag….hahha..

    You have clear articulation for speaking and communication with your students should not be an issue!

    Press on!

    Lunatic Fringe

  7. I can’t get to watch your video here in Shanghai – *@#*^% – but I am sure you will be fine. Kids from US, China and Singapore are all different. The only common denominator is that they can sense a good teacher very quickly – someone who is caring, knowledgeable, experienced and fun to be with. Relax lah :))

  8. It seems the bad cop thingy is something one has to go through and get over with during their first meeting with their charges, be it students or young kids you’re caring after. We all test waters with new authorities, and if you let them climb over you, they’ll trample you the second time. I know because we’ve done it with other lecturers. ๐Ÿ˜› We are terrifyingly critical of our lecturers. Too critical sometimes, but I guess we want our money’s worth.

    Anyway your lecture(s) arrested my attention for the first time in a long while. Maybe like you said, it’s your attention to design, maybe it is simply cos your tech-savvyness is a breath of fresh air in the white haired bearded ah-pehs we’ve come to expect to lecture our class. I’m going to enjoy this semester. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. lao shi zhao an!

    Great stuff man… keep this stuff coming and i can be on an elearning spree ๐Ÿ™‚

    Err the uni dun care about copyright huh?

  10. Dear Kevin,

    Big up for your hip lecture. You are the new generation of scholars. knowledgeable and trendy. Using the student as friends type of lecturing style and incoporating current trends such as mmorpg games and techno gadgets in your lecture materials are great moves. You are the kind of lecturers all students wished for, i am sure your students will appreciate you and your work. Keep up the good work, inspire your students to be a hip scholar like yourself.

  11. Hey dude
    i love what ya doin for ya class. And i love your style of teachin , very friendly ,easy , straight-forward. personally i agree on ur statement on “filling in the gaps” i believe its very true.. I’ll be looking forward for the next video…

    kudos to the man who started frontal..!!
    cheers dude

  12. Very inspiring speech, I love the way you describe these things. I have teachers that have been saying the same thing many times with no effect. I used to blog. I’m starting again thanks to you!

  13. Shadowskill: You watch too many Ninja flicks dude… “Hip scholar” makes me think I need to put on some blings, but I appreciate it nonetheless Mr Ninja!
    Soulgroove: I did ditch the tie later in the week… I actually asked the university program chair if I could just do with just short-sleeved shirts, but was advised against that. Formality is a way to establish authority over the class. If I were more confident of myself, I’d rather rely on my intellect rather than appearance to show people who’s boss.
    NeL: Together, we can fill in more gaps!
    Darrias: Excellent, that’s 1Up for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Like others before me, i am very much impressed by your first lecture. Teaching seems to fit you well. hahaaaa… i also finish watching finish the lecture- almost makes me feel like i am a student of yours. Very interesting things you talk about. Keep up the good work ya? Look forwards to your next lecture!

    # : v )

  15. hey, your lecture is actually quite interesting lar. am listening to it while typing this.. bwahaha.. understandable quite sian when students stroll in late. i went to the blogs for the classes also.. 60 comments for the monty python topic turned out to be 60 essays!! cool to see you have another student named “jiayi.” I’m missing the “m” there. -lol- any of ur students googled u and found ur blog yet?

  16. to kevin: LOL~ I hope u didnt brand me Mr. Ninja based on my nick. But u guess right, i do have a thing for ninjas.

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