Teaching philosophy

  • I have taught undergraduate and graduate students in four institutions in the US, Spain, Hong Kong and Singapore. My teaching experience includes courses on global communication, multimedia journalism and quantitative research methods. Every summer, I teach a two week introduction to computational text analysis at the NUS-IPSA Methods School. Whenever possible, I make my learning materials freely available. Below is a (growing) collection. In some cases, these include previously recorded video lectures, while in others I share slides, assignments, or code. Since many of my classes are project-based, I've also collected some of the student work that came out of my classes: #proudprof.

  • As an adjunct professor, I taught and designed introductory courses in the East Asian Studies Department at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona including “Societies of East Asia” and “Politics of East Asia”. I also have experience in teaching smaller, upper-division courses, such as “Mass Media in East Asia.” At City University of Hong Kong, I taught the courses “Video Production” and “Crisis Communication Management”. For close to ten years, I also worked at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) as online course instructor for several subjects.

  • In my teaching, I place great importance on building a diverse and inclusive learning environment (more on this here), and on improving students' digital literacy. To do so, I like to incorporate new media and new information technologies in class. You can read more about my teaching philosophy in this teaching statement. In 2017, I was awarded the "Teaching Innovation Award" (graduate student category) by City University of Hong Kong's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). The assessment panel cited my using of technology in class as one of the reasons for granting me the recognition. To learn more about my teaching philosophy and style, you can watch the presentation I gave at City University of Hong Kong's CLASS Awards Day in May 2017 (in English).

Current courses

  • COMM6363: Media, Globalization and Social Change
  • University of Houston 2020/21 In English Instructor of Record

    Globalization is one of those words that can mean very different things to different people. To some, it describes multiple ongoing processes that have led to a shortening of time and space. To others, it is simply the cause of many of today’s societal ills. For years, mass communication scholars have been trying to make sense of these multiple competing discourses. They have also explored the role of the media in bringing about some of the political, economic, and social transformations that are often associated with the processes of globalization. The disruptive force of globalization processes has led to multiple waves of social and political resistance, from the anti-globalization movement in the 1990s to the rise of ‘nativist populism’ in the 2010s. As different as these forms of resistance are from each other, one thing that binds them together is the significant role of the media in their formation, popularization and, in some case, demise.

  • COMM6300: Quantitative Research Methods
  • University of Houston 2019/20 2020/21 In English Instructor of Record

    This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of quantitative communication research. As such, it covers essential ideas in theory, hypothesis generation, research design, instrumentation, data collection, and data analysis. Related topics on validity, reliability, and ethical issues in conducting research on humans are also covered. An important portion of the class is devoted to a survey of univariate (and basic bivariate/multivariate) statistics, which includes topics on the nature of quantitative data, the logic of statistical inference, and various statistical tests such as analysis of variance, regression, and basics of computational text analysis. A set of computer lab assignments give students extensive opportunity to become familiar with the R programming language, its application to statistical analysis, and computing the various statistics reviewed in the class. Most importantly, students conduct a research project, putting into practice the theorizing, design, instrumentation, and analysis skills acquired throughout the class.

Upcoming courses

  • Quantitative Text Analysis 1 & 2
  • IPSA-NUS Summer School National University of Singapore Summer 2019 Summer 2020 Summer 2021 In English Instructor of Record

    Over the last two decades, during which the world has seen the spread of digital technologies to almost ubiquity, and the sprawl of communication networks worldwide, humans have generated more textual data than in the previous 1,000 years combined. Not only has the production of text records grown exponentially in recent years, but also our ability to access, store and analyze them. Today we are able to seek answers to questions that we were unable to tackle previously; we can test hypotheses that require large amounts of computing power; and, we can revisit theories that were long considered settled science.

    This course introduces students to some of these advances in quantitative text analysis methods used to systematically extract information from large amounts of texts. It starts with a very brief overview of traditional approaches to analyzing texts, such as manually-coded content analysis, before moving on to computational methods that treat text as data. Students learn different automated forms of text acquisition (e.g. web scraping, API...) and pre-processing techniques (e.g., tokenization, stemming, lemmatization); dictionary-based approaches, such as sentiment analysis, as well as scaling of political texts and supervised text classifiers. The course combines lectures with hands-on labs that allow students to practice and apply newly acquired skills on a daily basis.

    If you are interested in taking this course, registrations for the 2021 online edition are open here. Below are some sample video lectures and labs.

Previously taught courses

Other teaching experience

  • GE225: Food and Fashion in Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong 2013/14 2014/15 In English Teaching Assistant
  • COM4307: Television News Production and Anchoring
  • City University of Hong Kong 2013/14 In English Teaching Assistant
  • Territori i població a la Xina i al Japó [People and the land in China and Japan]
  • Universitat Oberta Catalunya (UOC) 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 In Catalan In Spanish Course Instructor Online Course
  • Geografia física i humana de l'Àsia Oriental [Physical and human geography of East Asia]
  • Universitat Oberta Catalunya (UOC) 2013/14 In Catalan In Spanish Course Instructor Online Course
  • 17027: Japonès I: introducció a la llengua i l'escriptura japoneses [Japanese I: introduction to Japanese language and writing]
  • Universitat Oberta Catalunya (UOC) 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 In Catalan In Spanish Course Instructor Online Course