About MulinBlog J-School
What is this online J-School about?
A free, open, online school for people seeking web-based training in digital skills.
Not created solely for journalism students – it is designed for people of all backgrounds, especially people who are “absolute beginners.”
Rigorous online course format and facilitated group learning environment.
How does this online J-School work?
At this online J-school, a course is structured as a regular online class which lasts between three and five weeks. All the courses are delivered via Moodle, the same online course management system used by thousands of colleges and universities that offer online courses. In each course, there will be syllabus, readings, quizzes, assignments, group discussions, and other activities. The course materials are based on Dr. Mu Lin’s courses and selected online resources.
How was this J-School started?
The idea for this J-School was envisioned in summer 2013. Dr. Mu Lin, a journalism instructor in New Jersey, United States, believes that there is growing public demand for digital content production skills, but web-based training is few and far between.
On the other hand, on the web, there are ample free, quality tutorials and instructional materials on almost any subject. Then how about we offer web-based training that combines selected web materials with a structured online course format, and facilitated by an experienced instructor?
To test this idea, Dr. Lin developed and offered three courses in summer 2013: Writing for the Web, Audio Slideshow Storytelling, and Intro to Data Visualization. Together, these pilot courses attracted more than 600 participants from around the world.
Believing in the value of knowledge sharing and encouraged by how the pilot courses were received, Dr. Lin decided to formalize and expand the free journalism course project in 2014.
The growing influence of this project can be seen in Google search results for keywords such as online journalism courses, online journalism training, free journalism courses, digital journalism training, which, among others, usually show websites of the J-School and associated blog (www.mulinblog.com) on Page 1 or 2 of millions of results, along with some prestigious institutions that have similar offerings.