Social Media

Course Blog: The course blog is a one-stop spot where you can find essential information about the class, participate in expansion of discussions, post-your online discussion, enhance your participation grade, and engage in topics and questions related to course materials.  Students have the option and opportunity to participate in various discussions in this space. These are optional, but can assist in bolstering your participation score. Blog address – 

Twitter: I will try to use Twitter as an “in the world” tool and also as one to help you all generate ideas and questions that will help me tailor class lecture better. This, like the blog, is a “third space” which will facilitate independent discussion and also serves as a bridge between the popular and the scholarly—which is what this class is all about. Twitter is a spot, a vehicle, a space, and a technology that allows for your quick, but thick thoughts/linkages on what we do in class and what is happening in the wider world related to our class topics. For instance, you may be watching The MTV, or Scandal or the news; you may be walking on campus and realize something, and want to link a real-world discussion/instance of race and want to comment in real-time about this moment. Our #hashtag will be #CES101WSU. I will also tweet from @CES101fall2015. I also use twitter to post comments and observations about films we are watching in class as a way to highlight key facts and arguments. I will storify these film tweets as well. Please add this whenever you’re tweeting something relevant to class. This will help to create a searchable archive or RSS feed. Tweet blog links, videos, stories. Participation in twitter can enhance participation score as well as Jeopardy ranking.[1]

Blackboard: Please note that I only use Blackboard to update exam scores, participation scores, and attendance. These will be updated monthly. It is not used as the course grade book and other course materials will NOT be posted there. All important materials, other than scores, will be on the course blog.

Email: It is your responsibility to check email and check often. I will communicate weekly via email as well as through course twitter feed. Announcement, reminders, and highlights from lecture will be sent via email. It is imperative that you not only check email and READ THEM, but also have a working email address listed for zzusis. Make sure your most up-to-date email is listed there and that you are using WSU address.

[1] Taken from syllabus of Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls


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