A Student Perspective on Journalism in the Digital Age

In his reflection on the changing nature of journalism in our digital age, UC Davis undergraduate student Josh Gelfat offers a thoughtful commentary on BuzzFeed. A third-year American Studies major specializing in Political Media and Popular Culture, Josh is particularly interested in the ways journalism and social media influence and create popular culture. Josh wrote […]

A Student Perspective on Feminism & Video Games as Art

In the below essay, UC Davis undergraduate student Melanie Manzana offers an insightful commentary on feminist criticism of video games. A Technocultural Studies & English student at UC Davis and an intern for the Davis Feminist Film Festival, Manzana wrote short stories, novels, and stage plays throughout high school and is now interested in writing […]

A Student Perspective on the way Digital Devices Influence Relationships

Steven Wade, a fourth-year Film Studies student at UC Davis, offers an interesting perspective on the way digital devices influence relationships in the below essay, which he wrote in response to the “Perfect Page of Prose” assignment for Dr. Andy’s Technocultural Studies 191: Writing Across Media. Wade aspires to be a screenwriter and illustrator for […]

Learner Analytics & Direct versus Indirect Evidence

In response to our post about Using Data in Higher Education last week, Kara Moloney, assessment coordinator for UC Davis’ Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), had some interesting comments about learner analytics: The data that fall into the “learner analytics” category provide “indirect” evidence of student learning, but do not provide actionable […]

Using Data in Higher Education

A recent post on Inform.Ed, “Big Data in Education: Big Potential or Big Mistake” discusses the potential benefits of and problems with learner analytics. The most common argument in favor of learner analytics is that it can provide students with quicker, more responsive feedback that helps them take charge of their own learning; similarly, instructors can gain […]

Multiple Intelligences versus Learning Styles

In this interesting Washington Post article, Howard Gardner (the psychologist who developed the theory of multiple intelligences) distinguishes between multiple intelligences and learning styles. He argues that the idea of a “visual” or an “auditory” learner is problematic because different sensory experiences (e.g., listening to music versus listening to a lecture) engage our brains differently; what […]

This isn’t really an iPad; it’s a “device for school.”

Thomas Philip and Antero Garcia’s harsh criticism of what they call LA school district’s “iFiasco” points out that the $1 billion spent on putting an iPad in the hands of each student would have been better spent on teachers. Their point is that technology alone will not resolve social inequalities, nor will it lead to productive […]

Interesting Article on MOOCs as Communities, not Hypertextbooks

While the MOOC (massive open online courses) hype has dimmed, there are still some interesting people probing the possibilities and pitfalls of open online learning. PhD student Michael Burnam-Fink (Arizona State) offers his two cents in his Future Tense article, “MOOCs Need to Go Back to Their Roots.” He points out that the MOOC was originally […]