THST 2450

From January to April 2017 I took the Approaches to Media course at the University of Guelph, taught by Mark Lipton. All of the writing (and other work) I did for the course is available to the public here, feel free to read it and tell me what you think!

You can also use all of my work, although I don’t know what you’ll want to use it for. You can email me about it at

The course’s goals – called Lipton’s Learning Outcomes in the syllabus – explained that by the end of the course, we would have developed our skills in the following ways, paraphrased from the syllabus. Note that all of the skills are defined in terms of verbs, because actions are how we demonstrate and improve our learning:

(1) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Resolve issues related to research, reading, and writing, and to the challenges associated with collaboration.
  • Engage with the course materials in an intensive, comparative and detailed manner.
  • Engage actively in all aspects of the learning process.

(2) Reading and Viewing

  • Complete an independent reading load on a weekly basis.
  • Select appropriate readings and visual/aural texts outside of the course books for class participation and personal research.

(3) Writing and Creating

  • Write a term essay
  • Write independent analyses and reflections of readings and class experiences
  • Create across all media forms.
  • All writing will conform to minimum college standards of writing.

(4) Personal Organization, Time Management, Resource Management

  • Attend three hours of class each week and work outside of class for an additional seven hours. This includes weekly reading, research and class assignments.
  • Balance the demands of this course with other courses and outside commitments.
  • Attain the qualities and transferable skills and characteristics necessary for further study, employment, community involvement, and other activities requiring the exercise of initiative, ethical reasoning, academic integrity, social responsibility, and time management.

(5) Research

  • Engage in research that meets minimal college standards for the term essay
  • (In other words) Work at a level that is beyond what may have been required in secondary school.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the research tools available at the library and to evaluate what types of sources are appropriate to answer questions.

(6) Communicating Through Media

  • Demonstrate some proficiency in media and technology.
  • Experiment with a digital project of various kinds, for example, students may need to enhance desktop publishing skills, develop and employ web production, and/or video production.
  • All assignments must be produced and stored electronically.

These were the basis of what Mark taught us. If you read some of what I wrote, I sure hope it looks like I learned some of what he was going for!