I believe that an instructor’s role in a class is to lead his or her students’ through knowledge as a tour guide through the materials. To be an effective tour guide, one must be thoroughly prepared. Before each class that I teach, I want at least three hours of preparation for every hour that I teach. To prepare, I reexamine the material and make a determination on the best way to present the information to my students. Sometimes, this is in the form of a lecture. Most of the time, I try to use a series of interactions to allow the students to become a part of the in-class learning experience. It has been my understanding that lectures, when used repeatedly, can lose the students’ attention and can make them disinterested in the material. I try to avoid full lecture classes whenever possible.

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2011 September 07
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One of the key areas that I wanted to focus on this academic year was to create classes that would be beneficial to the local community. According to the Associate Dean and other colleagues of mine that key skill set that could help the local community was to teach people how to create e-Portfolios. For […]

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Introduction to Visual Communication

2011 September 04
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Another class that I’ll be teaching this fall is “Introduction to Visual Communication,” which will be offered 1 to 3 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays this quarter at Ohio University Lancaster. The base description of the class is “A survey of visual communication theory and technology of visual communication from ancient cave drawings to digital computer […]

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Film and New Media Criticism

2011 September 03
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This is a survey course designed to introduce you to the broad range of theoretical, formal, and historiographic issues specific to cinema & new media. We will pay careful attention to how the film medium differs from other media as a condition of its stylistic and formal properties, its institutional production, and its historical reception. […]

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