As we approach term's end, CM410 students will handle two major projects in the final days of the course:
*Students will also use this Website Checklist to make sure their website addresses all the required components for the course: See Website Checklist Instructions.
Students will be planning the layout, look and feel, and functionality of their websites. They will consider how to include:
Lots of Weebly Help can be found here: http://kb.weebly.com/training-videos.html
Fair use Statement for the "Most Interesting Man" Meme.
Students will learn Digital Photography Principles from:
***THEY WILL USE OTHER RESOURCES LOCATED IN THE STUDENT RESOURCES SITE.
Students are also exploring issues of image copyright, public domain and sharing (commons) licenses - and, at the same time, learning basics of image editing. They will be putting all this knowledge together by making five (5) mock-ups of popular internet memes like LOLCats and Feminist Ryan Gosling. (or "Bosses Be Like" or Ashley Wagner or "You Had One Job" Memes.)
They will use legal-use images in all the compositions - EXCEPT FOR ONE!
They will be working to craft a "Fair Use" statement to account for legal use of ONE IMAGE that is a copyrighted material used in and educational setting. Students will explore the issues of copyright and legal use of copyrighted materials in connection with Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Code, which reads, in part:
Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair.
While students will use, for the majority of their work, images that are in the public domain, or that are licensed under a Creative Commons license, they may, from time to time, find it is necessary to use a copyrighted image in their educational multimodal compositions. In these instances, students are expected to write and attach an explanation in keeping with the "Fair Use" section of the copyright law.
** The image in the Ashley Wagner Copyright Meme is used for educational purposes to instruct students about the nature of "memes" and the use of images and other intellectual property with respect to their designated licenses. The image is a file photo from Associated Press.The entire photo is used as it was released on the AP website. Its use in this non-profit, educational context does not affect the value or marketablility of the work.
We have done a sort of "reverse engineering" to discover what makes good blogs "good." This was a fun and interesting experiment, and, of course, inspirational and provocative towards helping us get ideas for our web and blog design. But, did you know it has some good theory behind it?
Read pages 1-8, and pages 40-53 from James Paul Gee's New Digital Media and Learning as an Emerging Area and "Worked Examples" as One Way Forward.
Make notes in your blog entry about how you practiced this sort of "remediation" in learning to compose in a new medium, and how you leveraged the examples of others to develop your own "rules" for making a "good" blog and website.
After reviewing several award-winning blogs and bloggers, (Bloggies and TIME,) the CM410 students came up with a list of features and approaches that they identified as features that help make a blog "good." Here is a list of their findings:
Students are investigating the use of color, signs and symbols in design - AND they will promptly apply what they have learned to their own blogs, and will write a reflection on the changes they made, and how these changes affect the "meaning" of their blog design. Some of the artifacts, articles and engagements they will utilize in their research are:
CM410 Students led us on a tour of viral videos and memes that, while humorous, showed us how new media killed the old media star!** New media is not about cooler technology or fancier gadgets.
New Media is about AGENCY. In new media, everyone (for good or bad) has a voice! And a publishing platform! New Media communicators have potential millions of readers, viewers, listeners, etc. through Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
This week, Cm410 students will watch and comment on a talk delivered by Professor Michael Wesch called "An Anthropological View of YouTube." (See below) They will ALSO revisit the definitions of two important terms:
We are getting underway at Limestone College with a brand new term in CM 410: Introduction to Digital Literacies!
Students will be building their websites and blogs to engage in the theory and practice of new media communication and digital literacies in individual and collaborative exercises with their colleagues. Each student blog will contain a list of links to fellow CM10 bloggers in the sidebar to the right of their blogs, as is the case with this blog.
Bloggers will be interacting with lecture materials, class labs, and digital materials at the class website - http://limestonedigital.weebly.com/cm410-resources.html
Randy is a speaker, writer, and teacher of Communications and Composition at Limestone College, where he serves as chair of the Department of Communications and Interdisciplinary Studies.