About This Course

[Updated Aug. 20, 2016]

This graduate-level course in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida is designed to prod students to explore and experience digital and online media.

There’s a whole universe of stuff out there for us to look at, write about, and discuss. That’s what we aim to do in this course.

Notice I did say WRITE. There will be assigned readings as well. So everyone is expected to be comfortable with reading and writing every single week.

Reading and writing — I believe that graduate students need to read and write to be exposed to new ideas (reading) and to process those ideas (writing).

Students will also need dependable access to the Internet, because your writing will be on a blog just like this one. But not THIS one — your own individual blog. You will set it up (free) at WordPress.com.

We will also meet face to face, every week, to have discussions and share ideas.

Now, look at the top of this page, above the header. You’ll see links to several pages there — our Syllabus is one of them. The Course Schedule page shows the semester’s calendar and deadlines. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the details — and get ready to go exploring!

Links to those pages also appear at the top of every page on this blog.

Course Information

MMC 6612 | Fall 2016 | Section 1F08  |  1078 Weimer Hall
Class meets Wednesday 3–6 p.m. (periods 8, 9 and 10)

Instructor Information

Instructor: Mindy McAdams, Professor, Department of Journalism
E-mail: See this page for my UF e-mail address
Office: 3049 Weimer Hall
Office hours: Tuesday 3–5 p.m. | And by appointment | Fall 2016
(“By appointment” means any time you want — if you email me at least 24 hours in advance. If you stop by without emailing, I might be busy and unable to talk at that time. Or I might be in a meeting. Our faculty has a lot of meetings. You are welcome to come to my office any time, but please be aware that I might not be there.)
Office phone: (352) 392-8456 (NOTE: E-mail is better. Much better.)
Bio: On this page
Twitter: @macloo

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I need to do to get an A in this course?

Read the Required Work page here in the online syllabus. If you need more information about any of the assignments, please ask during class so everyone can hear the answer. Do your very best work. Graduate students are always held to a higher standard than undergrads, so you must always put in 100 percent of your effort.

Read the assignment EVERY WEEK (posted on this site). Each assignment is different. Follow the instructions.

Pay close attention to the assigned deadlines. Work that is submitted late will be graded as zero.

2. What are the deadlines for the assignments?

The blog posts and blog comments are due EVERY WEEK, with the same day and time. For the topic and assigned reading for the week, see the Course Schedule page.

The specific instructions for the week’s blog POST will appear in the Assignments category in the blog. Each week a new post will appear with instructions for the upcoming week. The title will make clear which blog post is referred to, e.g. “Blog post 1.” This corresponds to the Course Schedule page.

For the Topic Presentation, different students will have different deadlines. You will sign up for these during the second class meeting, and then you will know your personal deadline for this assignment.

3. How much reading must I do?

See this blog post for the answer.

4. Are there any required books in this course?

No.

5. May I use a blog I already set up for another class?

No.

6. May I use a blogging platform other than WordPress.com for this class?

No.

7. Can I skip the comments assignment next week, this week, or some week in the future?

Of course. But whenever you skip the comments, you forfeit points. You have an opportunity to get up to three points each week for the comments you post on the blogs of other students. These points cannot be made up later. Comments written after the deadline get 0 points.

8. I posted a comment on another student’s blog, but my comment is not visible there. What should I do?

Most WordPress blog owners use comment moderation. This prevents spammers from posting comments on your blog (so it’s a very good thing). If the student uses comment notification, he or she will receive an e-mail that says a new comment has been posted on his/her blog. Ideally, the blog author should very quickly approve that comment, and then it will appear on the blog.

Students who fail to approve the comments posted by others will lose points.

If more than 24 hours have passed since you posted the comment, and it still is not visible on the blog, contact the blog author directly (if possible). Next, repost the same comment. Finally, if the comment is not visible at 4 p.m. on Friday, send me an e-mail WITH THE URL of the specific blog POST you were trying to comment on, and I will contact the blog author.