Category: teaching

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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Audio Slideshows…Still Useful?

Audio Slideshows…Still Useful?

It was this little moment in media where everyone thought the future of media was the audio slideshow. I was hired by The New York Times to make audio slideshows and to teach other people how to do that. I would make over 50 audio slideshows a year, I trained like 200 people on audio …

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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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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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Portfolio Options for Journalism and Media Students

Portfolio Options for Journalism and Media Students

I’m talking with our Senior Seminar students tonight about some options for creating portfolios to represent their work during their Mass Communication courses at Linfield. With all the links and details I need to share — and realizing others might like to have this information too! — I decided to post about the topic here. …

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End of Summer Roundup

End of Summer Roundup

Yep, another summer has ended, and I’m back in fall classes already! It was a busy and great summer, and I feel like I accomplished a lot — though I could have done with another month to wrap up summer projects and do more preparation for the semester. I’m going to keep this post short …

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Media Economics Classroom Activity

Media Economics Classroom Activity

Update, 8/3/2013: I’m honored that this activity was selected as one of the top 25 “Great Ideas for Teachers” in this year’s competition at AEJMC! I will present it in the poster session on Thursday, August 8. For those of you who stop(ped) by the poster, here’s the promised PDF of all the necessary materials for …

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Digital Tools I Wish Students Used

Digital Tools I Wish Students Used

At the start of this new academic year, I thought I’d share some of the digital tools I wish students would use. These aren’t apps requiring particular hardware, but just online tools that are free (or very cheap) and that could make the life of the contemporary student so much easier. So, dear students: here’s …

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New Models for News: PBS MediaShift Posts

New Models for News: PBS MediaShift Posts

I have two new stories up at PBS MediaShift in the last week: Gingras to AEJMC: Journalism Educators Must Embrace Change, Look Forward How National Geographic Used Cowbird Storytelling Tool to Tell a Reservation’s Whole Story The common thread between these two posts, I think, is that both exemplify the need and potential for new …

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Collecting Course Website Posts with Anthologize

Collecting Course Website Posts with Anthologize

I’ve built self-hosted websites in WordPress for two courses I teach regularly, and this semester, I added a new plugin: Anthologize. It’s a WordPress plugin that allows you to easily create PDF or ebook collections of your blog posts. Here’s the PDF that Anthologize created for my Introduction to Mass Communication (MSCM 150) course. It’s not …

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