Inside USC Rossier Blog


Equitable Education

When I enrolled at the MAT@USC I expected to learn how to teach. I have not been disappointed. My professors are enabling me to build the knowledge I need to be an effective teacher. I did not, however, expect to have my perspective on education, race, and social class...

New School

The first course of the MAT@USC was an eye-opening experience for me. I started out observing at the same high school that I graduated from, so I had many pre-conceived notions about the school, the surrounding community, and the students...

Not just another face in the crowd

When I was little, I wanted to move to New York City and become a Rockette. Seriously. The kids I knew wanted to be teachers, doctors, baseball players, or scientists. I aspired to be in the world’s most famous kick line in one of the world’s largest cities...

Connecting with classmates

As I mentioned in my last post, there is a con to taking an online course: When you attend class time, you have to stare at yourself alongside all of your classmates as you discuss the topic for the week. (I will say that this prompted me to give myself a really cute haircut…

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...