Week 1: Introduction to the Course

We’ll gain a deep understanding what is needed to be a successful learner in this fully-online upper-level undergraduate course.

SYNCHRONOUS VIDEO CHAT AGENDA 

  1. Introductions: Renee Hobbs
  2. View and discuss “Trust Me, I’m Lying” video
  3. Student introductions
  4. Review the syllabus and review the learning outcomes and course content
  5. Review the Assignments and Grading
  6. Visit the online class Pathwright to preview your homework, access readings and understand the expectations for what is due by Wednesday, January 31
  7. Discuss the philosophy of the class and the particular learning approach used here.

Our introductory synchronous class meeting occurred online on January 24, 2018 at 4 p.m.

If you did not participate in the live video class, please watch it here. Then use the Leave a Reply function below to add your personal introduction and any unanswered questions. Please tell us about something you learned about the professor by watching this video. No duplicate information, please.

PLEASE COMPLETE Week 2 (Defining Propaganda) class assignments listed on the Pathwright website before Wednesday January 31 at 4 p.m.

21 Comments

  1. My name is Julia Ritter and I am a senior Public Relations major. I grew in a very small town in Maine about 4 hours from URI. I’m excited to get to know everyone else in the class as well as Professor Hobbs who seems very excited to teach us what she knows about propaganda!

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  2. Hi, my name is Johnna and I’m a senior. I’m double majoring in public relations and communication studies, and I decided to take this course because I think it is really interesting to learn about the role of propaganda in our society. Given the new types of media that are becoming popular and the phrase “fake news” becoming relevant, I think that it is more important than ever to learn about how propaganda can be used and how it can affect public opinion. One thing that I learned about the professor through viewing this video is that you have a new book out about digital literacy, which I think is awesome! I’m looking forward to learning more about propaganda and getting some experience through the LEAP projects this semester.

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  3. Hi, my name is Micaela Estevez and I am a senior Public Relations major from New Jersey. I’m very excited for this class, getting to know everyone and what I’ll be learning. I hope to delve into the advertising field after graduation and believe the topics I will learn through this course to be very interesting.

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  4. Hi, my name is Micaela Estevez and I am a senior Public Relations major from New Jersey. I’m very excited for this upcoming semester getting to know everyone and learning about propaganda. After graduation, I hope to delve into the advertising field, which is what initially got me interested in this course!

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  5. Hey everyone, my name is Quinna Van and I am currently a Junior majoring in Public Relations and Communications. I’m from Providence, RI but currently living in West Warwick. I love the convenience of an online class because being a commuter sometimes it’s difficult to drive to URI’s campus daily. I found all of the learning outcomes interesting specifically number 9 which is reflecting on how changing media and technologies reshape information, education, and society. The media is constantly changing and reshaping people’s perspectives so I can’t wait to learn about it more in depth. For an online course, this class seems extremely interactive which will help me understand what is propaganda and how society revolves around it. It was mentioned that we will be creating a blog and as a upcoming Youtuber that will definitely guide me into my own personal career and showcase viewers my work. Usually, I dread reading for a class however, the books assigned to this course seem relatable and intriguing. Especially seeing a snippet of “Trust Me, I’m Lying” caught my attention right away and I can’t wait to start reading it. Plus I never seen a book trailer before so that was refreshing. Overall, I’m excited for this course and getting to view everyone’s work along with knowing Professor Hobbs more this semester!

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    1. Dear Samantha: When you make a comment, be sure to follow the specific prompt. In this case, you should demonstrate that you watched the video by telling us about something you learned about the professor by watching this video. No duplicate information, please.

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  6. Hi I’m Jess Blackledge! I’m currently in my last semester at URI. I’m a communications major with a minor in writing and rhetoric. I’m really excited to take this course because I think that it will be really interesting and I’m excited to learn how to use new technologies. Also, in today’s society I think it is really important to be able to spot and be aware of any “fake news” we may come across. Something I learned from this video is how pathwright works. I was a little confused how to use this website since it is my first time, but Professor Hobbs explanation of the point system was very helpful and informative. One question I do have about the class is: Will online video chat classes affect our grades? For example, if we cannot attend multiple classes will that negatively effect our grade? I am really looking forward to taking this class!

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    1. I’m glad you’ve enrolled in the class and thanks for your question, Jess. You receive points for participating in the live synchronous class OR you can receive credit for participation in the class by contributing a post, as you have here. To get credit, your post should demonstrate that you have watched the class. You do this because you make reference to learning about how Pathwright works.

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  7. Hi i’m Michaela Vispo! I’m a senior Com Studies major! I’m from Rhode Island so I stayed pretty close to home. I’m excited to be taking this class this semester because I think the use of propaganda is extremely interesting and haven’t gotten the chance to learn about it in any other classes! I’m not sure what I want to do with my degree after graduation but I think having the knowledge of propaganda could be a useful tool!

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  8. Hi everyone, my name is Madison and I am junior at the University of Rhode Island. I am a communications major and I love what I study. I am super excited to get into this class and all of the learning that is to come!

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  9. Hi, I’m Peyton! I’m a junior here at URI and I’m majoring in communications and minoring in journalism. I am originally from Wisconsin but now live in New Jersey. Last year I took COM243G, which talked a lot about false advertising and the effects that it has on society. I think some of the information that I learned in that course could be partially similar to this propaganda course, which I am excited about! It was awesome to learn that you are currently in Brussels launching a propaganda initiative and that you are so involved in the topic that you are teaching us about this semester. Propaganda is something that I think everyone should know about, because of how relevant it is in todays society and I am looking forward to this semester!

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  10. Hi, I’m Meredith Shubel. I am about to graduate with a triple major in Writing & Rhetoric, Communication Studies, and French.

    I needed one more 400-level COM class to graduate, and I was so glad to see that “Propaganda” was an option, because it satisfies two of my main interests: writing and history (I hope to one day complete my Master’s degree in history). I enjoy discussing politics and analyzing the information delivered by the media, and I think this class will help give me a more critical eye to do so. Particularly, I was really glad to see the books that are required for this course–they look like books I actually would have picked to read on my own.

    Professor Hobbs, I’m really eager to see what you have planned for us this semester–the course site looks great–and I’m very interested to hear about your work (you said you’re currently in Belgium, used to work at the Holocaust museum, and have a new book out?).

    Thank you–I’m looking forward to the class ahead!

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  11. Hi! My name is Romanuel Percy, but my preferred name is Ro. I am a Senior at URI and I am double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies. I am from Pawtucket, Rhode Island but I am originally from Brooklynn, New York. I learned that this class was being launched from France and our Professor was working on a propaganda initiative with the European government . Firstly, I think that is it incredible that this class seems to be very interactive. I have never have had an online class designed in this format. I am very excited to see where this class goes and can’t wait to learn many amazing lessons.

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  12. Hi, I’m Meredith Shubel. I am about to graduate with a triple major in Writing & Rhetoric, Communication Studies, and French.

    I needed one more 400-level COM class to graduate, and I was so glad to see that “Propaganda” was an option, because it satisfies two of my main interests: writing and history (I hope to one day complete my Master’s degree in history). I enjoy discussing politics and analyzing the information delivered by the media, and I think this class will help give me a more critical eye to do so. Particularly, I was really glad to see the books that are required for this course–they look like books I actually would have picked to read on my own.

    Professor Hobbs, I’m really eager to see what you have planned for us this semester–the course site looks great–and I’m very interested to hear about your work (you said you’re currently in Belgium, used to work at the Holocaust museum, and have a new book out?).

    Thank you–I’m looking forward to the class ahead!

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  13. Hello everyone! Took me a while to find this, I’m not 100% proficient with wordpress. Anyways, my name is Brittany Wetherbee, I’m a senior at URI majoring in Communications and minoring in Psychology. I also work full-time at ALEX AND ANI Headquarters in Cranston, RI. I was born and raised in Rhode Island but I am hoping to move to New York after graduation to further my career. I am excited to start this class, as I believe it will be a beneficial contribution to both my educational and career goals. Can’t wait to meet all of you!

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