February 20th, 2017

It is wonderful when a student gets published!

Hi Roxanne!

Hope you are doing well! Since you are the reason I wrote this poem I thought you would be delighted to know it was published by Eber &Wein Publishing. I originally submitted it into a contest and later received a letter the poem would be printed in a book. It had to be changed to meet the specifications of the contest however the meaning is still there. Thank you so much for introducing me to the brilliant mind of Marshall McLuhan. Here is a picture of my name printed in a book!

— Hannah

 

February 13th, 2017

Communication & Media Studies at RWU

February 4th, 2017

Because it’s important…

 

 

February 3rd, 2017

Getting to the powerful WordPress admin dashboard

As WordPress makes it easier and easier for people to put up a fast post, it takes more and more of the important tools you need for more complex posts—especially those you need to do for my classes. So here’s a step-by-step way to get to the more powerful WP Admin dashboard for writing your assignment posts.

When you log into https://wordpress.com/ you come first to a READER page that lists recent posts from your sites and those you follow. If you choose to FOLLOW the course companion sites, you will find posts from those sites showing up here. On my Reader, it looks like this… pay attention to the left side where you can navigate to your sites.

If you click on MY SITES you get another screen that shows the stats for one of your sites… If you have more than one WordPress site (I have several) you can get to the one you want by choosing “SWITCH SITE“:

If you don’t have more than one site, then the one you are using for my class should be what you see. Down at the bottom of the left side menu you should see WP Admin. Click on that!

October 29th, 2016

The L.A.S.T. Paper Model

For several years now I have been developing and using a term long paper writing model to help my students become better researchers and writers—and it is paying dividends.

  • It breaks up the tasks students need to complete into Six Steps so that I can use Specifications Grading.
  • My colleagues report that our students’ writing has improved in the higher level courses.
  • Most of all, it yields papers that are more interesting to read at the end of the semester.

Recently, while I was explaining the process to a colleague, I realized that every step of this paper process corresponds to the flow of Benjamin Bloom’s Hierarchy of Learning Model (Bloom’s Taxonomy).  So I created a visual…

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August 25th, 2016

Best advice ever!

Many thanks to Rhett Allain and his post in Wired today…

College Won’t Train You for a Job and that’s just fine 🙂 Before you jump all over me for that, read his post. I love his “Build a time machine” comment!!

June 22nd, 2016

VisCom 30

March 14th, 2016

For Global Comm Minors and Core Concentrators

To help with what seems to be growing confusion, here is what is available in Fall 2016.

PLEASE NOTE:

COMM 390 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication is Recommended for Majors only


Requirements:

COMM 100 Introduction to Communication Studies – multiple sections offered every semester

…and any FOUR of the following (at least one must be at the 200-level and two at the 300/400-level) for Core Concentration

…and any FIVE of the following (at least one must be at the 200-level and two at the 300/400-level) for the Minor

100 level 200 level (1 req’d) 300-400 level (2 req’d)
*COMM 165 Intro to Visual Comm *COMM 250 Intercultural Comm COMM 330 International Communication Every SPRING
*COMM 265 Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture COMM 365 Digital Media in a Global Context SP 2018
COMM 375 Global Audiences, Global Consumers FA 2016
COMM 380 Visual Media in a Cultural Context SP 2017
COMM 385 Gender, Globalization and the Media FA 2016
COMM 432 SpTopics in Global Communication
COMM 465 McLuhan’s Global Village SP 2019
* OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER WTNG 300 Rhetoric and Cultural Differences  FA 2018

AVAILABLE FALL 2016

COMM 165 Introduction to Visual Communication
COMM 250 Intercultural Communication
COMM 265 Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture
COMM 375 Global Audiences, Global Consumers (???)
COMM 385 Gender, Globalization and the Media

OTHER OFFERINGS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FUTURE YEARS:

COMM 330 International Communication (SP 2017)
COMM 365 Digital Media in a Global Context (SP 2018)
COMM 380 Visual Media in a Cultural Context (SP 2017, was last offered SP14)
COMM 432 Special Topics in Global Communication (as needed)
WTNG 300 Rhetoric and Cultural Differences (FA 2018)

February 13th, 2016

Working on my 10 commandments…

  1. Thou shalt not refer to any work of non-fiction as a “novel.” You may say text, book, work… but NEVER “novel”!
  2. Thou shalt not use “pg” or “pg.” for “page” — that abbreviation does not exist in any citation style I have ever seen. If you can find one, let me know. In APA it is “p.” for a single page and “pp.” for multiple pages. Period.
  3. To be continued…
December 7th, 2015

A Word Cloud of my CV

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