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EDUC 9737 Contemp Issues: Discourse Analysis (Fall/Spring/Summer: 3 )


Course Description

This course adopts a learning community pedagogy, beginning with two-weeks of orientation. Students divide into groups of 3 - 5 members, to lead the class in one of the course themes (e.g., “future cities”, “smart classrooms”). The leaders design activities that engage our community directly with new forms of media, in a workshop fashion, or on field trips, with relevant readings and homework activities that feed into class experiences. For example, one year for a mobile computing theme, a homework activity required all students to use three different phone apps within some ordinary activity like grocery shopping, exercise, or driving. We recorded our experiences on our phones, forming a basis for the in-class activities. In this way, we advanced our understandings by actually engaging with the media practices. There are also many deep discussions and small group work. For each theme, the leaders work closely with the course instructor to define homework activities and to develop a pedagogical plan (i.e., for the class meetings) with the aim of engaging the community in relevant practices and deep discussions about the role of those media within the theme. A major design project is also included, where students work in groups of 2 or 3 to conceptualize a media design for one of the course themes. This begins with a review designs from prior courses, then follow a basic design method, with focused “design days” (including peer review) punctuating the syllabus.


Instructor(s): Kristen Bottema-Beutel
James Slotta

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Apr-18