What is your style of teaching?
I encourage interactive course discussion and seminar approaches. The only exception is the occasional large lecture section of COMM 250.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Wordpress, YouTube, Twitter, Prezi, Coursekit, Google Docs and so on. I try to get away from Blackboard and PowerPoint as much as possible.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
For individual learning, a reflection essay on media engagement; for group learning, a blog activity with multimedia components.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
I look for motivation and improvement over the course of the term. Eye contact and participating in class discussions are important, so is completing readings.
What kind of student would love your class?
Students who are willing to take an active role in the learning process. As a teacher, I don't have all the answers. I learn from students constantly.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Use office hours. :-)
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Popular culture and celebrity studies; gender, feminism and queer theory; critical media studies; social media and television industries and audiences
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Helping the commnerd hashtag get started on Twitter.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I'm helping with an oral history project about LGBTQ Hampton Roads. I also serve on the editorial board for AltDaily, an alternative/activist online news site.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I watch a lot of television and spend too much time on Twitter (@daniellestern), from which I generate plenty of current discussion topics for class.