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.