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Teaching Communication and Media Studies
Pedagogy and Practice

ISBN 9780415886642
Published December 12, 2014 by Routledge
174 Pages

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Book Description

Designed for communication/media educators and graduate students, Teaching Communication and Media Studies is a practical and conceptual guide to teaching university courses in communication and media studies. Relying on her extensive experience instructing graduate students on the ins and outs of teaching, Jan Fernback discusses theoretical and applied topics central to contemporary mediated communication instruction, offering instructors at all levels strategies they can use to create a successful classroom experience.

Fernback also considers the logic, design and delivery of courses in communication and media studies, while encouraging readers to reflect on their own strategic pedagogical decisions. Supplemented with interviews of successful communication instructors and sample exercises, this book is a must-have resource for all those teaching communication and media studies courses, regardless of level of experience.

Table of Contents

1. Teaching Communication and Media Studies: Introduction  2. The ‘Why’ Before the ‘How’: Teaching Philosophy  3. Technology and Media/Communication Pedagogy  4. Categorizing Thinking, Organizing Learning  5. Goals and Assessment for Media & Communication Courses  6. Instructional Design: Mapping Media/Communication Courses  7. Ways of Learning in Communication/Media  8. Ethics and Citizenship in Teaching Communication

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Jan Fernback is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Temple University. She created a communication pedagogy curriculum for PhD students at Temple University, and her current work examines issues of privacy and surveillance online and in mobile technologies, the impact of information/communication technologies on urban revitalization efforts, institutional uses of ICTs, and the meaning of virtual community in contemporary culture.


"Teaching Communication and Media Studies is a thoughtful and useful guide to teaching that I wish I'd had when I began teaching in the 1980s. Its focus on the classroom space and agency of students should be particularly empowering to instructors, and I recommend readers dip back into it continually before, during and after the semester. The combination of insightful reflection and practical pedagogy will make it a comprehensive guide for those new to teaching communication and media studies as well as for veterans." —Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago

"At a time when our communication environment is constantly changing, and changing everything about our world and our lives, those of us who are charged with educating students need to rethink many of the premises and practices that have guided communication studies for decades. Fernback’s book provides the tools to do so." —Larry Gross, University of Southern California