Category Archives: Social Media Tools

Dog days of summer and digital pedagogy

It is seemingly the middle of summer, but as August arrives so, too, does preparation for next semester. I’m dusting off my blog and thinking fresh about digital pedagogy– or how to more effectively integrate digital tools to support student learning outcomes.

As part of Pacific’s commitment to pursuing innovative learning methods, I am participating in a pilot program in which we have access to a slew of new technology-based tools that we can integrate into one or a few classes over the next year. This year, I am looking forward to incorporating a digital assignment into Communication 135: Principles of Public Relations. While I’m still fine-tuning the assignment I think students will be excited to work with these new tools in the context of the course.

I’m also looking forward to developing a digital hub to support Communication students during their internships. I envision an online community where students can reflect, share experiences, and connect what they’ve learned in the classroom to their practical experience.

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer and I look forward to seeing you back on campus!

SoundCloud Experiments

I’ve been absent from this blog for far too long, thus illustrating the challenge that regular blogging brings with it. It is not as easy as it looks!

This semester has been a whirlwind of activity. One new endeavor I’ve been involved in is working with a few other professors at Pacific in adapting our face-to-face courses for online delivery. As part of this process we are experimenting with some social tools that we may end up using in our online courses. One such tool is SoundCloud — a social tool for the recording and sharing of sounds.  Our faculty mentor, Don Jordan, has provided us with various creative challenges to help us become more familiar with these tools.

The first challenge I attempted was to record a sound of laughter. Here’s my response:  Child’s Laughter