Category: education

The Media Professor’s Textbook Dilemma

One small part of my main office bookshelf. Some really good books here, but few I’ve actually adopted for courses. 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

Multimedia Story Platforms for Students’ Projects

By Sean MacEntee 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 presentations for content themselves. One of our challenges, then, is finding places that make publishing these projects

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 cards — low tech but effective! I think my students have come to find my multipurpose uses of index cards

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