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 http://com125.wordpress.com
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…