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Toward a More Innovative Curriculum

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Toward a More Innovative Curriculum

  1. 1. Lessons from a Year in Silicon Valley: Toward a More Innovative Curriculum Cindy Royal, Ph.D Associate Professor Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication croyal@txstate.edu cindyroyal.com @cindyroyal slideshare.net/cindyroyal
  2. 2. Why learn to code? Tweak code in a Content Management System
  3. 3. Why learn to code? Scrape data from a website
  4. 4. Why learn to code? Work with an Application Programming Interface (API)
  5. 5. Why learn to code? Work with an Application Programming Interface (API)
  6. 6. Why learn to code? Create an interactive chart
  7. 7. Why learn to code? Work on a collaborative team on an interactive project
  8. 8. Why learn to code? Work on a collaborative team on an interactive project
  9. 9. Why learn to code? Work on a collaborative team on an interactive project
  10. 10. • HTML/CSS • JavaScript • Charting Exercise • Charting Tools • Chart.js • HighCharts • D3 • Spreadsheets • Web Scraping • PHP/MySQL • News Apps with Web Frameworks • Website, tutorials, video, code repository
  11. 11. Our concept of a journalist is changing
  12. 12. Our concept of a journalist is changing
  13. 13. Our concept of a journalist is changing
  14. 14. Our concept of a journalist is changing
  15. 15. How should curriculum change?
  16. 16. Technology is Communication and Communication is Technology • All media now digital media • Social and mobile • This is what we do as communication educators and scholars
  17. 17. It’s All About the Platform
  18. 18. Data, Data, Data • Storytelling, data visualization • Location-based features and services • Web scraping and APIs • Analytics
  19. 19. Innovation • Digital changes scale, scope, economics, participation • Introduces new competition • Interactive presentation of data as a story • Seek inspiration outside immediate purview • Collaborate and share • Apply Design Thinking/Make Things
  20. 20. Innovation • Wearables • Virtual reality • Drones/sensors • Second-screen engagement • Pay attention, encourage colleagues to as well • Sharing economy • Focus on the future
  21. 21. 21st Century Careers • Advanced technology/social/community roles in media companies • Media roles in technology companies like Twitter, Facebook or Google, but also local tech-focused companies • Start-ups
  22. 22. Elements of a new curriculum • Consider core/required courses • New course formats • Collaborations or partnerships • Create new courses • data and programming • mobile • social media/analytics • entrepreneurship • Experience learning • Digital concentration to augment existing majors • New major with flipped curriculum; focus on digital with ability to concentrate in journalism, advertising or public relations
  23. 23. Re-imagine the role of professor • Research in the area of media pedagogy • Commitment to continuous learning • Experience learning • The next Nate Silvers and Ezra Kleins are in our classes, but also the next Zuckerberg, Mayer, Karp… • Give them the skills and perspectives they need to lead, innovate and disrupt, not just work.
  24. 24. • Research in the area of media pedagogy • Commitment to continuous learning • Experience learning • The next Nate Silvers and Ezra Kleins are in our classes, but also the next Zuckerberg, Mayer, Karp… • Give them the skills and perspectives they need to lead, innovate and disrupt, not just work. Re-imagine the role of professor
  25. 25. • Research in the area of media pedagogy • Commitment to continuous learning • Experience learning • The next Nate Silvers and Ezra Kleins are in our classes, but also the next Zuckerberg, Mayer, Karp… • Give them the skills and perspectives they need to lead, innovate and disrupt, not just work. Re-imagine the role of professor
  26. 26. • Research in the area of media pedagogy • Commitment to continuous learning • Experience learning • The next Nate Silvers and Ezra Kleins are in our classes, but also the next Zuckerberg, Mayer, Karp… • Give them the skills and perspectives they need to lead, innovate and disrupt, not just work. Re-imagine the role of professor

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