The bane of almost every journ educator’s life is helping students to see that there’s more than just learning "tech" skills to make media.
Students often don’t see how their non-applied (“theory”) classes connect up with what they do in production classes.
So then, how’s prospects for also embedding theory directly into the practical teaching?
Some answers from a discussion at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications last week:
Some folk at WJEC-AMIC are focussing on how to prep students for a world of Web 2.0 and Journ 2.0 – but what about Journ-Ed 2.0?
Rosental Alves says students’ cognitive processes are changing, and so should journ-ed. “We should and must change the ways we teach and absorb in classroom, and pay attention to the new languages.” In addition, “E-learning will become a very important component, regardless of distance.” What he could have added is using ICT to harness global potential in learning.
Here at WJEC - AMIC, a group of us brainstormed some of the issues, which I’ve distinguished and elaborated a little.
Here’s the wisdom: For the digital age, journalism education should take account of:
1. What j-teachers need to know – creating an influential statement about what digital competencies are needed from ALL faculty.
2. What students need to know and do from (digital) journalism education, including preparation for jobs that don’t even currently exist