Teaching Philosophy: Forward-looking, technology-enhanced, but human-centered pedagogy
Forward-looking: Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality, 5G... Not only are advances in communication technolgies rapid, so are the changes they create in mass media, but also in societal structures and practices, and interpersonal relationships. Our students are in many ways "early adopters" of contemporary trends around media. Therefore, my philosophy is to embrace communication as a broad discipline, including interpersonal, inter-cultural, organizational, as well as mediated mass communication and networked micro communication.
To prepare for the rapidly changing professional environments, students should gain an ability to envision alternative solutions to media-related social questions, and a critical understanding of the role of analytical thinking -- whether in academic contexts, in the world of business, or in service work for not-for-profit causes.
Critical thinking in scholarly, journalistic, or business environments requires the same skills and foci: Curiosity for research and fact-checking, openness for multiple views, and ability to see the big and the small in everything. In addition, students will need in their ever-internationalizing working environments, as true cosmopolitans: Inter-cultural awareness, holistic thinking, and practical-technological skills for digitalizing working environments.
Technology-enhanced: From Blackboard to open access tools like Google Docs to social media like Instagram, technology can help to inform and connect students, inspire them to create, as well as prompt them to analyze their own practices. With the help of participatory, multi-media methods, students can develop their media literacy skills. This will give them the ability to make connections from personal to professional to social and communal, from micro to macro.
Human-Centered: The digital world is based on interaction and participation, collaboration and sharing. That is why it is paramount that students take active part in co-creating their learning environments. In my courses, whether for undergraduate or graduate students, I strive to emphasize interconnectedness, whether between global issues, or between us as individuals/ humans. That is reflected in the use of collaborative and participatory pedagogy; both face-to-face and online.