November 2010


We are very much looking forward to the next installment of the Academic Lecture series on Stereotypes in the Media, featuring Mike Reiss — Emmy-Award winning writer and producer of the Simpsons (among other comedy and animated series).  In addition to being entertaining, it should be a neat insight into the evolution of television as a medium, from someone who has been involved in shaping and poking fun at the medium for a few decades.

For folks interested in other groups and organizations that study media and act as watch-dogs for veracity in the media, check out the Information and Communication Ethics LibGuide

For more scholarly articles  on the impact that The Simpsons have had in Media , try the Communications and Media LibGuide, and do a search for “The Simpsons” (both words in quotation marks to avoid results where Simpson is an author)  in Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)

Search Results from Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)

or in Communication Studies: Sage Full Text (CSA)

Search results from Communication Studies: Sage Full Text (CSA)

A new report from Sloan-C takes up authentication and academic integrity in the online learning environment.  While most schools are doing well with compliance on authentication, Sloan-C offers some pointers on Academic integrity for online learning (to combat the ‘perception’ of greater cheating in online course).  Note that the principles offer some sound advice for hybrid and face-to-face pedagogy as well.   The blog entry offers summary points and a link to the ” “Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education”. …[which] reflects exemplary principles and practices from online instructors and administrators from 170 higher education institutions in the United States in five core areas: Institutional Context and Commitment, Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty Support, Student Support, and Assessment and Evaluation.”  Both are worth a peek!