Making a wave in online education is a monumental task. Academia has a historically slow pace at adopting new practices. So we work with what we have.
In my case, it is a one-credit multimedia journalism course at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications.
I've been tasked to update the course to work with newer practices in news gathering and to better work within our curriculum.
This is both an exciting and daunting task. The previous course was meticulously designed by one of our best journalism professors, but it was designed for a much smaller class.
So like most companies, we are trying to do more with less. In this case, more students and less instructors. Sometimes this is immediately associated with poor education.
This is a tremendous opportunity to work with the every changing curriculum that is communications and try new ways to engage with our students and professionals.
So, throughout this semester I will be blogging updates with my adventures trying out shorter lectures (5 - 10 min.) from locations across the country (Gainesville, New York, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco and Lexington to name a few).
The idea is that if I want my students to be true mobile journalists - shouldn't I be a mobile educator?
My students will be learning the basics of multimedia journalism - audio gathering and editing, photography and video editing. These elements will complement their stories they work on in their reporting class and submit to WUFT.org for possible publication.
Wish me luck.