[Publication] Collaborative Learning in Media Education

I have a chapter published in this book - just out: Marcus Leaning (eds), 2015. Collaborative Learning in Media Education. Santa Rosa: Informing Science Press. ISBN: 9781932886931 Collaborative learning is a key pedagogic activity in many media education programmes in schools colleges and universities worldwide.  When well executed, collaborative work enables students to learn much from each other and gain valuable experience of working in concert - a skill central to contemporary work practices in…

UMCAT: School of Journalism, Mass Communication and Business Studies #TFBloggers

We spotted the sign for this on the first day – right next door to our guest house, so Friday morning, whilst waiting for the broken down truck to be repaired – we had an opportunity to pop into the building. Not sure many English universities would like it if you just popped in and asked to look around. We were met by the Academic Registrar, who was really pleased to show us round, ensuring…

Book Review: Cultures of Mediatization

Anyone read this book? Sounds quite hard going! More worrying, this book is dated by the use of words such as "cyberculture", "cyborgs" and "cyberpunks". While there is attention paid to the Frankfurt School (again) and the medium theory of Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan, the participatory nature of the read-write web is neglected. Certainly there is attention in chapter 3 to theories of mediation, building into a definition of mediatisation, which is described as…

Media Studies: Of Value?

Once again, media studies is in the firing line! When done well, it's an excellent course, with excellent transferable skills (as well as the intrinsic skills): Media self-hatred is fuelling the attacks on media studies, says Sally Feldman So media studies is in the firing line again. This time, the renewal of hostilities was prompted by the appointment of Les Ebdon as head of the Office for Fair Access. He has incurred the wrath of…
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