Video Overview of COMM 499

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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.

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