Teaching

Seth Lewis of the University of Minnesota presents a lecture on computational thinking and computational journalism

As a faculty member at the University of Minnesota (2010–present), I teach courses in the areas of digital media, journalism, and mass communication generally. Here’s a sample of courses, with links to details and the latest syllabi:

• A graduate seminar called Digital Media Issues and Theories (last taught in Spring 2015; to be taught again in Spring 2016)

• A new (as of Fall 2014) undergraduate course called Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce (last taught Fall 2015)

• An undergraduate course called Internet and Global Society (last taught in Fall 2014)

For further details, see the teaching narrative covering my tenure at the University of Minnesota.

Previously, as an instructor of record at the University of Texas (2008–2010), I taught Writing for Online Publication, an upper-division course that attempts to the cover the future-of-journalism “beat”—the critical ideas and debates about news, its funding models, and its future in democratic society. It’s not merely about concepts, however: We took up a range of skills, including writing for blogs, using social media for journalism, and developing innovations in pursuit of venture funding. In this way, I tried to meld mind-set and skill set—that crucial combination of digital sensibilities and digital capabilities that journalists and media workers generally need to succeed in the 21st century.

You can visit my former class blog, where I posted key readings/videos and sought to engage student discussion, as well as review my teaching philosophy (written in Fall 2009) that developed around that course.

And, I appreciate this little endorsement from Jeff Jarvis, regarding my “future of journalism” course at Texas: