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Live tweeting activity in class provides good learning experience — and leads to #JOU3109 trending on Twitter

For about 30 minutes on Thursday afternoon, my Multimedia Writing class was trending in the United States on Twitter. #JOU3109 was Number 3 in the list of 10 trending topics in the U.S., behind #FunnyPetCards and #SleepWeek and ahead of Mardi Gras and Pokemon – and hundreds of other topics being tweeted at that time. […]

Tips for writing a teaching philosophy

A friend of mine is applying for a college teaching position. She’s been working in a science research lab for about ten years, and this is her first application for a college job. Here’s the question she emailed me: “In working through the application, I have a cover Letter and CV, but they ask for […]

UF course syllabus policies

Posting course syllabi online before start of semester helps students make informed decisions

An important part of preparing for each semester is the course syllabus. That’s true for faculty, students and their parents. Students (and often their parents) use course syllabi to make decisions about selecting classes and instructors. Students count on the syllabi to be an accurate reflection of the course — from what textbooks are required […]

recommendation letters - photo by Julie Dodd

7 tips to keep in mind as you ask faculty members to write letters of recommendation for you

I’m taking a break from writing letters of recommendations to write this post for those of you who are asking faculty members to write letters of recommendation for you. I’m writing letters for undergraduates seeking summer internships, graduating seniors seeking jobs, and doctoral students applying for faculty positions. Most students have done a really good […]

Jaclyn Sherman recording an online class at the University of Florida

Online teaching requires planning — and a great deal of course content creation even before the course starts

I observed as Jaclyn Rhoads presented the last lecture for the semester. She offered advice on how the students could apply what they had learned in the course to the workplace. She thanked the students for their effort in the course. An interesting element in this scenario is that the course doesn’t start for two […]

Instructional design and Pope Francis — incorporating current news adds relevance to class

Pope Francis helped me teach class this week. Every semester, I teach a class introducing the field of and functions of public relations. That introductory lesson then builds into a teaching unit or module on public relations. As you know if you’ve taught a course more than once, teaching a class that you’ve previously prepared […]

Session lets faculty and students share favorite apps for teaching and learning

Anyone with a smartphone knows that one of the best feature of such a phone is the apps. The challenge is determining which apps are the ones to download and use. Judy Robinson and I coordinated an App Share as a session at the Scholastic Journalism Division’s meeting to let members share apps and let […]

Panel discusses impact of Hazelwood on college student media

Julie Dodd, UF professor and Christine Eschenfelder, Ph.D. student at UF present their research paper

Research presentations highlight technology use in high school media classes

by Casey Kochey Photos by Judy Robinson The first speaker of the afternoon research session is Kevin Hull, a PhD student at the University of Florida. Kevin presented his research on “Using Facebook in Classrooms.”  To study possible applications of Facebook in the high school classroom, Kevin created a business Facebook page for his class […]

Kenny Irby

Poynter’s Kenny Irby encourages group to promote discussion of diversity in our classes

Kenny Irby is asking us to get out of our “comfort zone” to talk about diversity. “No progress without struggle, “ he reminded us. He said that in the academy,  we need to be willing to have difficult conversations about diversity. When we use a case study or example to promote discussion of diversity, here […]