Thursday, August 25, 2011

This blog is moving to

Hey friends,

Please visit my new site,, to access my blog, syllabi, schedules, assignments and resources for two advanced social media classes I'm teaching this fall, and other goodies.

I'll tantalize you by saying I've just posted there a vid created by some of my students this morning in our class, COMM 499 at USC Annenberg.

The students shot this vid impromptu, after kicking off class today with a discussion of prohibition of devices in the classroom, distraction and attention.

Click here to be taken right to the video.  See you at the new site!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Video Overview of COMM 499

People have emailed me to ask about "F2F in the New Media Classroom," an advanced social media class I'm teaching at USC's Annenberg School of Communication starting 23 August.

So I made this 6 min. video overview. It discusses why

  • we build and not just consume 
  • students must bring their devices to class and consult them at will
  • the class meets 65% online and 35% F2F 

Those of you who read my post about The Flipped Classroom know that I believe that everything that can be moved OL should be.  OL can deliver experiences that are themselves uniquely valuable: some killer guest speakers are slated to Skype in, for example.

What remains in the physical classroom is the unique value of F2F: embodied, thrilling, spiritual, ephemeral.  My version of the classroom is face time ++.  The students and I will amble outside classroom walls to snap photos on campus to gather assets for our first lesson in visual composition; we'll visit LACMA, view street art, engage with locative digital art in situ, wander.  Digital flaneurs.  I've had Baudelaire unshakably in my head for months as I've dreamed up this class.