Tag: textbooks

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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The Mass Comm Intro Class: What Worked, What We Learned

The Mass Comm Intro Class: What Worked, What We Learned

It’s the end of my first attempt to dramatically change the way I teach the introductory mass communication class at Fresno State and, as I did mid-semester, I thought I’d blog a bit about how well this new approach played out. Students’ responses at the end of the semester to our use of popular nonfiction in …

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Popular Nonfiction in the Classroom: A Mid-Semester Update

Popular Nonfiction in the Classroom: A Mid-Semester Update

Earlier this year, I posted about my intent to choose six popular nonfiction titles in lieu of a textbook for my introductory “Mass Communication and Society” course this fall, as inspired by Joshua Kim’s post at Inside Higher Ed. I followed through on the idea, and am now in the middle of the semester, about …

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Choosing Textbooks for “Mass Communication & Society”

Choosing Textbooks for “Mass Communication & Society”

I didn’t manage to blog last week, and this week’s post is going to be a bit different; it’s probably most relevant to my fellow journalism and media educators. I’ve been struggling with the question of which readings to assign for my introductory course called “Mass Communication and Society” (admittedly not the title I’d choose), …

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