Showcasing Amazing Educators – Lori MacNeil
On January 21st, 2016 the Faculty of Mathematics and Science Council – Excellence in Teaching and Student Engagement Award was awarded to Lori MacNeil from Brock University. Lori has been a Professor of Biological Sciences at Brock University for less than 2 years and was surprised when her name was announced. Lori said she feels very honoured, and that “it is a fantastic feeling to win the award, because it is nominated and chosen by the students”.
“I will never teach without them again.”
MACNEIL started using Turning Technologies TurningPoint software and ResponseCards in her classroom last summer and said, “I will never teach without them again.” It didn’t take long for her to notice the increased student engagement, so she now starts all of her classes with an ice breaker question using keypads. This relaxes students and gets them ready to learn and open their minds. Notably, she has taught a Biology review class with 230 students utilizing keypads and gamification features of TurningPoint. Students were excited to be the fastest responder and to earn and wager points on questions. Lori says the interactive review session was a big hit.
We congratulate Lori MacNeil on this amazing accomplishment and wish her much future success. Turning Technologies Canada is very proud to provide tools which contribute to the success of educators and their students. It is the second consecutive year that an instructor utilizing TurningPoint in the classroom has been honoured by Brock. Last year Lydia Chen, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, received the Distinguished Teaching Award, and previously the Don Ursino Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Large Classes awarded by faculty members from each Faculty and chaired by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.
Read more about the 2015 awards from The Brock News: