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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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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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

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

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

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

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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