Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us – Ephesians 3:20.
This week was a week of discoveries for my art students as they learn to code by hand using HTML5. Coding can be difficult for some, as it is tedious. Figuring out errors can be frustrating at times, but it is how students learn to use the correct syntax. Yet, it is super fun to see the moment when students have the light bulb go off in their head, when their code actually works.
I have learned to step back and let students determine what they did wrong and how to go about fixing the problem by applying the right code. Programming also involves a lot of testing, so students have realized that rushing doesn’t help and frequently the tiniest mistake can cause a program to fail.
Web design continues to evolve as other new applications are created. Today’s students need to know that coding is more than just typing text on a webpage. One must discover there is a design process and various strategies that are used to build great responsive websites.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering – Friedrich Nietzsche.
First week of the semester consisted of lots new students with smiling faces who are eager to learn. We’ll see what happens after 15 weeks of college.
Two of my Marist College classes were overbooked, so I am either a real popular Professor or just that no student wanted to sign up for an 8am classes.
It is cool seeing the old Dyson Building at Marist College being torn down to make way for the new one that going to be built with technical advanced classrooms and so much more.
My classes at the Mount Saint Mary College are also totally booked, which shows the influx of students wanting education for future careers.
So it seems like things are back to normal with students being in the classroom vs. zooming online due to covid. Next week, Pace University classes will start. Yeah, only 4 more months until Christmas break!
This week students presented their research projects to the class. Most students included a survey with quantitative results as part of their PowerPoint, as a way to help prove their thesis. Several also included their literature review as part of their presentation. Some students found interesting case studies to incorporate into their research. A few even found different media theories to share with the class and many explored various methods that we discussed throughout the course.
Topics included the following: Marvel films past vs. present, Rhetoric in Pop Culture relationships, Gender Stereotypes found in Media, Artificial Intelligence’s affect on Media, Virtual Reality is the future of Media, Is Tragedy and Trauma being portrayed truthfully in today’s Media, How does War affect the Media, The Marvel in Marvel Comics Universe, Social Media influences the Media, and Does Fake News exist in Media. There are a few more students to share their research project next week. Students are working on a course reflection paper for their last assignment for this semester.
This week is the start of the Spring 2022 semester. one new class for me is Media Theory and Methods. The textbook I selected is called Media and Communication Research Methods written by Arthur Asa Berger. It is an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Chapter 1 covers – What Is Research?
Why does the author say that we all do research all the time?
We use Google all the time, as we constantly are asking questions and wanting quick answers. Research – is to search for and to find information about a small group of people or subject-based upon using methods of qualitative or quantitative methods.
What is the difference between scholarly and everyday research?
Scholarly would include historical facts and figures based on surveys and polls. Everyday research may only look for instructions or how-to videos.
What role does Cultural Studies Play in Research?
Cultural Studies – is a multidisciplinary approach using concepts from literary theory, semiotic theory, sociology, psychoanalysis theory, political theory, and other social sciences and humanities is used to analyze and interpret phenomena such as the media, popular culture, literature, social movements, and related matters.
What did Nietzsche say about the Role of Interpretation?
Friedrich Nietzsche – a German Philosopher who believed there are no facts, but Interpretations. See Video. The Problem of Certainty – Thinking isn’t evidence, One must question: How reliable is the research? How is it being used? Data – is understood to be a form of information, which can be numerical, organized, tabulated, and used for the basis of decision making. Evidence – is material that a reasonable person would find worth considering that supports some contention or theory. Evidence can be qualitative or quantitative.
What is the difference between Diachronic and Synchronic Research?
Ferdinand de Saussure – Structure of Linguistics – See Video.Diachronic = Change Over Time & Considered a Historical Focus vs. Synchronic = Change over Distance & is Considered Comparative. See Page 21 Figure 1.1 for Diagram Chart.
What role do Binary Oppositions play in the way the mind works?
The Way the Mind Works. Binary Opposites = are basically opposites like cold vs. hot, or on vs. off. You can also have either Opposition like healthy/well or a Negation like healthy/unhealthy. See Chart on Pages 23-25.
Concepts – are relational and Facts by themselves, tell us little. It is a general idea to help us understand some phenomena or in this book a theory or application of a concept.
What are the Two Systems that shape our thinking and behavior according to Daniel Kahneman?
Thinking, Fast & Slow – See Video. There are two oppositional systems as per Daniel Kahneman – a Psychologist at Princeton University. System 1 – Fast – Automatic, with little or no effort. System 2 – Slow – Complex Computations and subject to experience, choice & concentration.
What’s the difference between “Dry” and “Wet” Japanese?
Overt vs. Covert Oppositions – According to De Saussure’s Concepts having meaning differentially is correct. Example: Dry vs. Wet or Dry, not wet vs. Wet, not dry. Overt” means “done or shown openly” while “Covert” means “not displayed or openly acknowledged.”
How does Qualitative Research differ from Quantitative Research?
Qualitative vs. Quantitative Media Research – See Chart on Page 29 & Video.
What are the Five Aspects of Communication discussed in this chapter?
5 Aspects of Communication – Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Small Group, Organizational, & Mass Media. See Page 30 for the in-depth definition of each type.
Yes, it is finals we for my web design classes. This week I will be reviewing both Mercy College’s students personal art portfolio websites and PACE University’s students nonprofit group websites. I am looking to seeing how all their sites turned out. Each class will take time to critique each other’s sites and provide constructive feedback to help each other to improve their websites. The teams worked excellent together to complete the required multi-page web design assignment.
Designing an interactive portfolio website to showcase your art projects is a vital in today’s job market. The more animated and creative the better, as it is important for employers to see a potential employee skill set this way. One suggestion is to include how the website portfolio was actually built by including their website plan, mood board, wireframes, and visual style guide, as this will show that students understand the web design process. Today’s resumes are being designed as infographics to help stand out in the crowd. I am hopeful that my students will pass their final exams with flying colors.