Inside USC Rossier Online Blog


Can Technology Enhance Social Relations?

I’ve often wondered what sort of impact technology will have on social relations.  Over the past 5 years or so, we’ve seen online social networks become incredibly popular, text messaging replace calling, and emails being the common form of written communication...

Learning from your classmates

I attended USC for my undergraduate degree, so I am accustomed to small classes of 8-12 students where each lecture depends heavily on class discussion.  The online format has not diminished the quality of my interactions with classmates.  If anything, the online format has enhanced...

Putting on my surprised face

I don’t like surprises. Gift exchanges and Secret Santas are completely lost on me. I like to know whose names everyone drew before the day we open presents. My husband threw me a “surprise” 40th birthday party last year. Please don’t tell him that I knew. Apparently...

 

Tech savvy?

When I first started considering the MAT@USC some of the first things that went through my mind were “An online program?  How will they know it’s me?  Will employers take me seriously if I’ve done an online program?”  Although I was looking forward to saving on time and gas...

Recovery and reinvention

Hi, I’m Mel and I’m a recovering journalist. For more than 20 years I’ve been a breaking news junkie and newsroom rat, but today I am happy to report I no longer twitch and break out into cold, clammy sweats when I see big news happening. I am content to sit on my couch and...

When I Grow Up…

I’ve often heard students of mine make comments like “When I grow up I’m going to be a teacher, and I’m never going to assign homework!”  I always laugh because that used to be me growing up.  I always thought I would grow up to be a teacher, and I would think of all the things...