Syllabi for Undergraduate Courses
- Community Media Education
- Digital Media & Society
- Youth Media
- Digital Literacies & Social Activism
- Social Media Strategies
- Communication, Technology, & Society
Syllabi for Graduate Courses
View a selection of student productions and activism projects.
I had my Digital Media & Society class participate in formal debates about current topics. They were a huge success, but I had trouble finding good resources to prep the students and myself. Here’s some reflections about what I did, what worked, what I will tweak, and the resources I created to help with the actual debates. Feel free to use them & provide feedback. Overall it’s a fun way to engage with topics beyond just reading, writing, and lecturing. As a result, I think the students are more equipped to critically think about digital media from various perspectives – as citizens, consumers, producers, & distributors – and to consider what’s at stake democratically, economically, and ideologically in our changing media environment.
Can you really find EVERYTHING on Google? Of course not. Yet, time and time again I have observed the extent to which students (and non-students) overly rely on search engines to find information. In fact, I have had young people basically tell me that if they can’t find the answer on Google, then it just can’t be found. Don’t get me wrong, I use Google daily (hourly?), however I also recognize its limitations and often utilize other tools and resources in order to gather information. I wanted to challenge my students to think beyond Google and force them to creatively find answers.
I had my undergrads create memes in class today. They used KnowYourMemeand QuickMeme to search the origin of memes and then create their own. I found their memes to be really creative and fun, especially the ones that reference UNT and RTVF (our university and department). So, to brag on my students a bit, I’m sharing the memes they created in about 20 minutes while working together in pairs (some teams made more than one). Enjoy!