Tag Archives: Online learning

Looking forward to this quarter!

I’m looking forward to the new school quarter beginning tomorrow!

Yes, things are different now than previously planned. We have moved all of our courses online. Yes, it’s a major shift in how I have been teaching and it requires a lot of adjustments from faculty and students. However, I think shaking things up now and again is ultimately good for all of us. (This is, of course, notwithstanding the public health crisis we’re all dealing with. I think we can all agree that we would rather have avoided the lessons we are so painfully learning right now through this health crisis.)

In the context of teaching and learning, however, delivering our classes online requires us to rethink what we’ve been doing and why and to reconsider how we can best support student learning in a new channel. I keep thinking about the lessons we learn in crisis communication: within every crisis the silver lining is that it causes organizations and individuals to rethink how they’ve been doing things and how they might do them better in the future.

This term I’m teaching Communication Campaigns and a First-year seminar on creativity. I’m looking forward to both courses as we’ll be doing some new and different things in each class. I will continue blogging here to share what we’re doing and how it’s going. I hope you’ll join me for the ride!

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