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Flexible-format film course available online or off

Professor Sidneyeve Matrix teaches FILM 240, a flexible-format course with space for 1,400 students who choose the traditional classroom experience or the online format.

A film and media studies course that deconstructs the digital world and its impact on popular culture has been redeveloped into a new flexible-format course designed for learners near and far, full- or part-time, online or off.

Students enrolling in FILM 240 Media and Popular Culture this fall choose either the traditional on-campus classroom experience (700 seats) or the online format (700 spots), with live webinars offered on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The textbook is available as an eBook and a smartphone app connects students to class on-the-go.

“This course offers an unbelievable level of flexibility for students,” says Brenda Ravenscroft, Associate Dean (Studies), Faculty of Arts and Science. “The option of online or off, and the ability to connect through the mobile app, means it is accessible to a wide range of students with varying schedules.”

FILM 240, taught by Sidneyeve Matrix, covers the latest trends in digital, social, and mobile marketing and considers the influence of digitalization on the entertainment and media industries. It provides students with current, relevant case studies, and they use Facebook, Twitter, iTunesU, YouTube and Pinterest to source and distribute lesson materials.

“Feedback from past students indicates this opportunity to connect with a large and diverse community of social media-savvy learners from across campus – and across Canada – is extremely engaging and valuable,” says Dr. Matrix.

Other instructors in the Faculty of Arts and Science are adopting blended formats as part of their plan to enhance the way students learn in large lecture classes. Blended courses encourage student engagement and promote a collaborative active learning experience.

Psychology 100 and Geography 101 were redeveloped in blended formats last year. First-year sociology, gender studies and film courses, and the second-year classics course, CLST 205 Ancient Humour, are being offered as blended courses this fall.

Most of the courses retain lectures and all have online components, but at the heart of each course is a small, face-to-face group learning experience.

“Pedagogical evidence suggests students learn better when they are engaged. With group work, they get the opportunity to apply, integrate and synthesize the knowledge they receive online and through lectures,” says Dr. Ravenscroft.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is redeveloping five more courses, including first-year biology and calculus courses, into blended formats for 2013.

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