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 SPRING 2019.


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 2019
COMM 375 Global Audiences, Global Consumers
COMM 380 Visual Media in a Cultural Context
COMM 385 Gender, Globalization and the Media
COMM 432 SpTopics in Global Communication SP 2019
COMM 465 McLuhan’s Global Village
COMM 490 Cultures in Contact**
* OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER
** OFFERED AS SHORT STUDY ABROAD
WTNG 300 Rhetoric and Cultural Differences

AVAILABLE FALL 2019

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 Media
COMM 465 McLuhan’s Global Village

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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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December 3rd, 2015

Learning Outcomes

November 22nd, 2015

Sometimes Doonesbury gets eerily close to my life…

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 10.41.07 AMNo one turns the table quite as astutely! How does he do it?

This is the part of the semester where the rubber really meets the road. This past week, I reminded students that we only had three weeks left to the semester and many of them were running out of time to get things they’ve been putting off done.

Some might think lowering expectations is in order — on my part. But I’m firmly of the opinion that if even one student is able to keep up the pace and do well without a significant diminishment in their overall quality of life, the rest had the same opportunity.

We all make decisions along the way that gets us to where we are now. Lowering the bar at this juncture only reinforces the notion that “If I procrastinate long enough, those that expect something of me will lower their expectations and I won’t have to do the work.” And what message does this send to those that applied themselves all along?

The question I set myself is this: “What would it be like to spend the next five (or ten) years working with one of these students, side by side, on my team?”

What kind of workmate do I want? What kind of workmate do YOU want? That’s the kind of student you want to be.