Updates for fall 2017

The following pages have been updated for fall 2017:

The readings are 90 percent set. I might swap out one or two of the previous reading assignments and replace it, or them, with new readings. That will be decided before our first class meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 23. You can see last year’s readings. When the readings are all set, I’ll upload a new PDF.

Students will have an assignment due on Monday, Aug. 28, so it’s important to come to the first class and get the details.

Topics in this course:

  • Activism (especially online)
  • Algorithms in everyday life
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Democratic rights and freedoms
  • Foreign policy (public diplomacy)
  • Hackers/digital piracy
  • Mobile Internet
  • Privacy (Facebook, Google)
  • Remix/copyright (creative works)
  • Surveillance (by governments)
  • Twitter as a public forum / #blacklivesmatter
  • Viral media
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We’re ready to roll!

Photo by Mindy McAdams taken on Jan. 12, 2013

All pages are up to date for the Fall 2015 semester, and I’ll see you all in class on Wednesday!

Make sure you’re there so you can hear the instructions for how to set up your individual blog for this course.

Get ready by following the four links at the top of this page: About This Course, Syllabus, Course Schedule 2015, and Required Work.

The Required Work page is especially useful, because it spells out exactly what you will need to do in this course.

For all the new students: Welcome to Gator Country!

Sign up for Fall 2015

Poster Fall 2015

This course examines the relationships between communication technologies and democracy, not only in the United States but elsewhere as well. New communication technologies, such as the Internet, will not automatically lead to or improve democracy, but they do contribute to changes in the society as a whole. We will examine how changes related to communication media might enhance or curtail so-called democratic freedoms, with a particular emphasis on the relationships among the media, the public, and the government in a democracy. Please note that the media include TV, Internet, printed publications, and more. NGOs (nonprofits) also play a role in communication in today’s democracies.

This is not a course in political communication.

Graduate students from outside the College of Journalism and Communications are welcome to enroll in this course.

This course requires multiple reading assignments every week. Most readings come from scholarly journals and will be provided via UF Course Reserves. There are 12 writing assignments in this course. The student’s grade depends on the ability to think critically about the assigned readings and to write clearly, correctly and well. Active participation in class discussions also contributes to the student’s final grade.

The fall 2012 semester has ended

This is the concluding post in this blog for 2012. This blog was used to run a university course completely from a free WordPress.com blog. Fall 2012 was the second time I ran the course this way (the first was in Fall 2010).

If you are curious about this course, please have a look at these links:

  • About This Course will give you a brief overview of the purpose of the course.
  • Required Work will show you what the students had to do.
  • All posts in the Assignments category will show you exactly what students had to produce each week in their individual WordPress.com blogs.
  • The first assignment instructed students to set up an individual blog for use in this course.

Most of the readings for this course were taken from academic journals, to which students had access via our university library. To see a full reference list of the readings, view the Readings PDF (2 pages, 78 KB). Some of these will be replaced when I teach the course in the future, but some will be retained.

Where to see your grades

When I have finished grading an assignment, you’ll be able to see your own grade in e-Learning. Log in here:

https://lss.at.ufl.edu/

There are links to Gradebook and Gradebook 2 on the left side of the Sakai (e-Learning) course page. You can find your grade in either one — they have the same data.

If you have a question about your grade, you can ask me in my office, or — at your discretion — in an email message to me. But please never ask about your personal grades in the classroom or in a hallway.

Update (Sept. 6): If there’s something wrong in Sakai, that’s usually an issue for the UF Help Desk. But if it’s something like everyone else has their grades and yours are still blank, you can tell me that in the classroom — that doesn’t violate your grades privacy.  😀

All 2012 stuff is online now

I’m happy to announce that all the PDFs for this semester have been uploaded to Ares Course Reserves (see link at right). The course schedule is also up to date, and I’ll see you all in class on Wednesday!

Make sure you’re there so you can hear the instructions for how to set up your individual blog for this course!

Get ready by following the four links at the top of this page: About This Course, Syllabus, Course Schedule 2012, and Required Work.

For all the new students: Welcome to Gator Country!

Updates for Fall 2012

If you’re looking for the course syllabus for MMC 6612 at the University of Florida, you’re in the right place. I’m the professor, Mindy McAdams, and I’m finalizing the syllabus and the assigned readings now. I’ll make a new post here when everything new is online.

In the meantime, you can scan the pages linked at the TOP of this page (About This Course, etc.) — updated pages will include a note specifying the year 2012, but even the old pages (from 2010) will give you a clear idea of what the course is about and what kind of work you will be doing here. Most of the assigned readings will be NEW, but the assignments will be very similar to those from 2010.

There are no required BOOKS for this course, but there are many required readings — most of which are journal articles. Most of these will be available (free) through the Ares course reserves (see link at right). There’s little or no use of paper in this course — lots of reading, lots of writing, but not much paper!

The semester has ended

This is the concluding post in this blog for 2010. This blog was my first try at running a university course completely from a free WordPress.com blog, and it went quite well, I’m happy to say. The next time I teach this course, I will probably run it the same way.

If you are curious about this course, please have a look at these links:

  • About This Course will give you a brief overview of the purpose of the course.
  • Required Work will show you what the students had to do.
  • All posts in the Assignments category will show you exactly what students had to produce each week in their individual blogs.
  • The first assignment instructed students to set up an individual blog for use in this course.

Most of the readings for this course were taken from academic journals, to which students had access via our university library. To see a full reference list of the readings, view the print version of the course syllabus (PDF, 6 pages, 144 KB). Some of these will be replaced when I teach the course in the future, but some will be retained.

After the students had created their blogs at WordPress.com, I used the RSS Widget (shown at right) to create a linked list of those blogs; the list appears in the sidebar of THIS blog. This list made it easy for the students to find and reply to one another’s weekly posts.

Many students may have deleted their blogs now that the course has concluded.