Category: education

The Media Professor’s Textbook Dilemma

The Media Professor’s Textbook Dilemma

Every semester, the textbook challenge rises again. Does a specific course really need a textbook? Is there such a thing as a truly up-to-date print textbook on a media-related topic? Could we get by entirely or mostly on freely available/library-accessible online readings, tutorials, MOOC segments and other bits of vetted content? Why are there still no online, interactive …

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Multimedia Story Platforms for Students’ Projects

Multimedia Story Platforms for Students’ Projects

One of my tasks as the instructor of this spring’s Senior Capstone course is rounding up online locations and services where my 15 students can publish their final projects. (I’m also working on them with portfolios, and have blogged about those options before.) Most students’ projects emphasize creating long-form writing, video, and/or audio, as opposed to hand-coding complex …

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Using Index Cards in the Classroom

Using Index Cards in the Classroom

I was recently asked to give a short teaching presentation of a teaching technique or tool for our Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch series here at Linfield. I imagine folks are going to be somewhat surprised that I’m not presenting on something that involves technology; instead, I’m going to talk about my many uses of index …

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Quiz: The More Things Change in Journalism Education…

Quiz: The More Things Change in Journalism Education…

[playbuzz-game game=”http://www.playbuzz.com/susansivek10/opinions-on-journalism-education-1973-or-today”] How did you do on the quiz? To be sure, I selected specific quotes to include here (largely to avoid mentions of specific technologies or current j-education buzzwords that would be giveaways). Yet the range of attitudes and arguments represented in these various documents is rather similar. The more things change, the more they …

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Interdisciplinary Thinking [#OneLittleThing Series]

Interdisciplinary Thinking [#OneLittleThing Series]

If this week had a theme, it would be “interdisciplinary thinking.” Here are some of the items on my calendar from the first three days of this week: Monday afternoon: Visit tattoo photography exhibit (at a wine tasting room!), related to a course research project on tattoos in music videos conducted by my Research Methods …

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Heterarchy and Higher Education

Heterarchy and Higher Education

Someone on Twitter – forgive me, I can’t remember who! – recently mentioned the book The Sense of Dissonance by David Stark at Columbia University. I hadn’t heard of the book and requested it from the library. Just in the first chapter (available on Stark’s book website here), I’m already finding some compelling stuff. The concept …

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New MediaShift Post: Kids’ Magazines on the iPad

New MediaShift Post: Kids’ Magazines on the iPad

I have a new story up at PBS MediaShift on kids’ magazines making the move to the iPad — or, in some cases, growing up solely for the iPad. My favorite aspect of this piece is what I learned about how apps might enable kids to read socially — discussing stories with one another in …

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Basic Blogging: Workshop Notes

Basic Blogging: Workshop Notes

Tonight I’m teaching a basic blogging workshop for the high school-aged members of The kNOw Youth Media in Fresno. The students involved in this project create a magazine, videos, and photography, as well as other media projects, as you can see on their website. Here’s the Prezi I’ll use and a collection of useful links …

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