Doing your research in a MOOC

September 23, 2013 § 4 Comments

Imagine research with no internet...

Imagine research without internet…

You recently started the UvA MOOC ‘Introduction to Communication Science’ (or any other MOOC) and you’re already feeling overwhelmed. So much to learn in a short period of time… Of course, the content available in the MOOC itself it’s enough for you to complete quizzes and the final exam. However, what if you want to explore the topic further? Should you read all texts recommended? Perhaps you’re a professional already and has one specific interest about what other researches are saying about contemporary rhetorical theory… Where should you look? Indeed, there are many sources – from your favorite library to the web. But because MOOCs are mainly online, today I’m going to focus on great open digital resources you can use to enrich your experience in the course.

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Highlights of history

March 4, 2013 § 1 Comment

I found this week’s UvA MOOC topic fascinating: a short history of communication science. It is interesting and also very difficult to grasp in only eight short videos – a challenge I must say. From Greeks’ sophists to modern media theories in the 19th century, the field has been through many developments. In addition, I found important that the lecturer emphasized again the scope of the course. In the very first video, Rutger de Graaf explains that yes, communication occurred before Ancient Greece, but only during this time there were proper records and studies of communication as a “science”. It is also interesting how uses a specific vocabulary to introduce the student into an academic topic. This is not easy because students have many different kinds of backgrounds. However, more complicated words and expressions such as ‘meta level’ are explained within the speech.

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