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Teaching Communication and Media Studies


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1. Teaching Communication and Media Studies: Introduction 2. The 'Why' Before the 'How': Teaching Philosophy 3. Technology and Media/Communication Pedagogy 4. Categorizing Thinking, Organizing Learning 5. Goals and Assessment for Media & Communication Courses 6. Instructional Design: Mapping Media/Communication Courses 7. Ways of Learning in Communication/Media 8. Ethics and Citizenship in Teaching Communication

About the Author

Jan Fernback is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Temple University. She created a communication pedagogy curriculum for PhD students at Temple University, and her current work examines issues of privacy and surveillance online and in mobile technologies, the impact of information/communication technologies on urban revitalization efforts, institutional uses of ICTs, and the meaning of virtual community in contemporary culture.


"Teaching Communication and Media Studies is a thoughtful and useful guide to teaching that I wish I'd had when I began teaching in the 1980s. Its focus on the classroom space and agency of students should be particularly empowering to instructors, and I recommend readers dip back into it continually before, during and after the semester. The combination of insightful reflection and practical pedagogy will make it a comprehensive guide for those new to teaching communication and media studies as well as for veterans." -Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago

"At a time when our communication environment is constantly changing, and changing everything about our world and our lives, those of us who are charged with educating students need to rethink many of the premises and practices that have guided communication studies for decades. Fernback's book provides the tools to do so." -Larry Gross, University of Southern California

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