ERIC Number: EJ1049336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 11
Digital Democratic Voices: Intersecting Student Research, Twitter, and Presidential Debates
Tyma, Adam W.; Pickering, Barbara A.
Communication Teacher, v29 n1 p63-70 2015
A common observation on college campuses today is "students do not look up when walking on campus." It is often thought that such attachment to communication devices demonstrates a lack of connection to the "real world." This perspective exemplifies the need for faculty to connect with the "digital generation" and do so on students' terms. The semester-length activity described in this article offers one way such a connection can be made. In conjunction with the American Democracy Project (ADP, n.d.), this activity was designed as a collaborative classroom experience between two classes to introduce and discuss literature focusing on both political communication and public opinion, host a DebateWatch (established in 1992 to bring communities together to discuss the Presidential campaigns and gain insight into how audiences reacted to the televised debates) event on campus with a real-time social media component, and engage members of the university and surrounding community in the political process.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Social Networks, Computer Mediated Communication, Political Campaigns, Debate, Civics, Citizen Participation, Mass Media, Curriculum Design, Course Content, Research Projects
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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