This i-Series course in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism deviates from traditional lectures, PowerPoint slides, and written exams. Based on the University of Maryland's Scholarship In Practice rubric, this course blends important concepts with the students' regular production of course-related content using a custom mobile app and social media. Goals include:
(1) extending technological literacy, (2) gaining newer professional media production skills, and (3) learning and applying more effective strategies for communicating digital content about any subject.
Students explore the behaviors of diverse audiences as they seek, select, and share digital information. The sociological and psychological effects of evolving technologies and explored including issues of privacy, online ethics, and mobile communication. The important thing is to not assume that current behaviors will remain constant. Technology will look much different a few years from today. That is why the course information 3.0 looks to the future for what will surely become a different world regardless of the field in which each student will work.
Phones and tablets are supported all semester in this new classroom model that supports a "manageable educational environment for collaboration" or MEEC.
Instead of traditional mid-terms and final exams, most of the course credit is earned by weekly "team" assignments. These include tweeting, blogging, visualizing, analyzing, and assembling up to 1,000 words with multimedia on each student's ePortfolio.
Regular composition of original, clear, accurate, evidence-based content replaces a large final written exam. Journalism courses are, of course, writing-intensive. In Information 3.0, students do not need to be "geeks" but are expected to be open to using newer technologies for research, collaboration, and learning. For more info, contact:
Ronald Yaros, Ph.D.
Philip Merrill College of Journalism