I'm teaching digital media at the University of Melbourne

I’m happy to let you know that I’m going to be teaching at the University of Melbourne this year in the School of Culture and Communications. In Semester 1 I’ll be teaching Advanced Editing for Digital Media, which is basically the web publishing component of the Uni’s postgraduate publishing degree.

This is exciting for me because I’ve been wanting to teach for a while, and it means I get to try to help solve a problem which I became acutely aware of when we interviewing journalism graduates for an online role at Crikey, which was that unis seem to be producing graduates who treat the net like just another publishing platform instead of getting involved with building and interacting with online content and communities. And of course, uniย courses tend to lag far a year or two behind what’s actually happening out there in the world – I’ll be trying to overcome this the best I can.

I’ve never taught a formally structured course before – and I’ll be looking around for ideas and inspiration for how to not suck as a teacher. I’ll be drawing lots of inspiriation from Dr Michael Wesch’s Digital Ethnography videos and blog – but any tips, links or suggested reading would be gratefully received. ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Comments

  1. Brianna Said,

    January 6, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    Holy crap, that is great news! Congratulations!

    How exciting! You can shape the minds of the next generation of media stars… or something like that… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ross Hill Said,

    January 8, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

    That sounds like a really interesting course – I was talking to the SEO guy at Yahoo!7 and he mentioned that re-training their news team to write for the web was a really big deal, but worth it in the end.

  3. Anthony Caruana Said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 10:37 am

    Cool! Sing out if you need any help. I was a teacher and trainer in a past life.

    Anthony

  4. sarah Said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    I didn’t know that, cool! Thanks Anthony. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Paul Montgomery Said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

    Sing out if you need guest lecturers… I can entertain them with dissertations of how Catalyst has always been much better than Farrago in every way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. sarah Said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Haha thanks for that. I have a special place in my heart for On Dit, but that’s an Adelaide Uni publication so I’m sure noone in the class will care!