Learning By Doing

While exploring the News and Social Media tab in the portal, I came across an article that was recently published by Dr. John Beatty (English/DArt) and Huntly Collins (Communications), Team-Teaching Online Journalism by Focusing on the Great Migration.

This article, which was published in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, explored the evolution of the Online Journalism course that they taught together. This fascinating course asked students to conduct interviews with residents of the Germantown neighborhood (which borders La Salle’s campus) in order to create multimedia blogs about the lived experiences of the Great Migration. According to the article, the Great Migration describes the migration of six million African Americans from the southern states to the northern states during the first half of the 20th century.

The Online Journalism course and the resulting 30-minute documentary, Journeys of Promise: Germantown and the Great Migration, are both excellent examples of academic experiences that are based on “learning by doing.” John and Huntly share helpful lessons in the article about the need to balance the teaching of new content with the teaching of new technologies when offering a course like this.

Thank you to John and Huntly for sharing your experiences in developing and teaching your course!

We’re always excited to feature stories in the 1900 blog about how La Salle faculty and staff are innovating and experimenting in the classroom (or beyond), so let us know if you have a story to share!

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