Celebration of Digital Storytelling!

Join us in for our Celebration of Digital Storytelling, an hour of multimedia presentations about the people, places, and events who have helped shaped Northeast Texas and, especially, Texas A&M-Commerce.  The video essays and multimedia exhibits presented were created by students in Dr. Shannon Carter’s English 333 course, where these undergraduate researchers spent the semester conducting original, archival research about life across the region and developing new ways to tell the stories they found.

Monday, December 8, 1:15-3:15

Sam Rayburn Student Center, Conference Room C

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Come experience these stirring, rich, informative video essays, websites, and photoessays created almost entirely from archival materials (images, oral histories) that highlight many, powerful examples of students, faculty, and community members working together to strengthen the entire region

Since Spring 2011, students in Dr. Shannon Carter’s  ENG 333 course on Digital Storytelling have been asked students to create multimedia projects about our campus’s history based on their original archival research. The current semester, we stepped up those efforts even more in preparation for this year’s celebrations of our university’s history (September 2014-August 2015). In doing so, we help commemorate two major milestones in the history of Texas A&M-Commerce, both of which will occur in 2014.

  • § 125 years ago, William L. Mayo established a teacher’s college to provide the region’s largely poor farmers and their families with access to higher education, “regardless of previous academic preparation or ability to pay” (Mayo CollegeCatalog, 1896);
  • § 50 years ago, this same campus became one of the last two public colleges in Texas to remove “White” as a primary criterion for admission.

We hope you’ll join us for this first public screening of the exciting work we’ve been doing this semester!

Agenda, December 3, 2014

FINAL PRESENTATIONS

Celebration of Digital Storytelling is December 8, 2014 (Monday), 1:15-3:15. This mandatory event will take place at the time/date the university has scheduled for Final Exams (see A&M-C’s Final Exam Schedule). Think of this final presentation as your final exam for the course.

  • FIRST: Please fill out the form here, which will give us everything we need to create the program for the Celebration of Digital Storytelling. 
  • Share this invitation with folks (doc); well do the same!
  • Peer Review Session for final presentations: “Dry run” of your 5-10 minute presentations will take place today (Dec 3) and Friday (Dec 5). Be ready to present your final project to a larger audience, including a least part of your featured text (video or photoessay). Every student will provide a “peer review” for this dry run, which should give you a good idea about what to work toward for the final presentations at the Celebration of Digital Storytelling (12/8). The peer review guide can be found here.

Your presentations should include the following components:

  • A brief introduction to your Digital Storytelling Portfolio, including its major components
  • A few words about your experiences creating this major project, especially your “Featured Text” (deep revision of DMP1 or DMP2).
  • At least a portion of your Featured Text (video essay or photo essay). Your audience will have access to your Digital Storytelling Portfolio, so they can check out more of your work beyond what you’ll have time to introduce to them.

Program for final presentations will be available asap. That program will tell you when you’ll be presenting on December 8, 2014. NOTE: You’ll all be required to stay the entire time until everyone has presented their work.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING PORTFOLIOS (DSP)

We asked you to submit a link to your final project (Digital Storytelling Portfolio) during our last class (12/1). That does not mean you need to stop working on them. Keep making revisions/changes as needed until the Celebration of Digital Storytelling on December 8. At that time, your Digital Storytelling Portfolios are officially “due.” We will grade the version you submit at that time.

In the meantime, Nirajan and I are working through a quick review of the DSPs you submitted 12/1. Before tomorrow (12/4), please look for an email from us regarding any major issues we find during our far too quick review. We will also include any additional feedback gleaned from the extensive peer review you completed the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Final, final deadline for completed DSPs: before 1:00 December 8, 2014

 FINAL GRADES

We will have an updated grade report ready for you before the end of the week. Look for those to come your way via email. This is an update to the grade report you received at the midterm conferences (see document here).

OBSERVATIONS

You’ll complete these at the end of the class next time.

Agenda, Wednesday, 11/17

DMP2 due today for instructor review. Please review the grading rubric before submitting to be sure you have everything required: DMP2 grading rubric.

Pay particular attention to the following:

  • Reflective Memo! (see syllabus or go here)
  • “Deliverables”(see “Part III: Deliverables” of the grading rubric above)

Next time, we’ll begin our Digital Storytelling Portfolio. Return to your syllabus for a complete description of this project and have questions ready for this discussion.

 

Upcoming Deadlines

  • One-Minute Video” (from your developing DMP2) due before class Friday, October 31. We will “showcase” these brief videos during class 10/31, though we can begin with any ready by Wednesday.
  • DMP2 due for peer review on Monday, 11/10
  • DMP2 due for instructor review Friday, November 14

CALENDAR

Week 10

Wednesday, 10/29: Continue working on one-minute videos, to share Friday (This is Sandbox Activity #10)

Friday, 10/31: Showcase one-minute videos

Week 11

Monday, 11/3: Finalize DMP2 for Peer Review

Wednesday, 11/5: continue workshopping DMP2 for PR

Friday: Optional Workshop

 Week 12:

Monday, 11/10: DMP2 due for Peer Review

Wednesday, 11/12: revisions of DMP2 based on feedback from peer review

Friday, 11/14: DMP2 due for instructor review

 

 

 

Agenda, 10/27/14 (Monday)

Get started on DMP2, your video essay:

  • Review the DMP2 assignment sheet and the grading rubric “Video Essay: Assignment Details
  • Create one minute of your video essay to share with the class. This can be something that might serve as an introduction or a conclusion or anything in the middle. Your video essay should have movement, some time of narration (be that text on the screen or your own voice or a friends reading the script), and appropriate music.
  • If you aren’t sure where to begin, select some images from your photoessay and the story that you wish to tell with it. The storyboard you created for your meeting with Nirajan (midterm conferences) should be very helpful in this respect. That is your starting point. Pick a place in that storyboard to guide your video development, and then go from there.
    • For music, you will need to search ccMixter. This music holds Creative Commons licensing and is, therefore, available for your work.
    • For images, begin with the ones you used for your photoessay. However, go back to the database (etc) to get the most original version you can. Each time you bring media into an editing program (Prezi, powerpoint, etc), the material loses resolution. In other words, it’ll get more and more pixelated every time you edit it. So go to the best version you have available and use that.
    • For film, begin with archive.org. Lots of public domain materials here to work with/play with.
  • You’ll be sharing these one-minute versions soon (see syllabus above). Your DMP2 is due for peer review soon after.

Agenda, Friday 10/24

  1. Discuss midterm examination, which is due before midnight Sunday, 10/26.
  2. Tackle Part II of midterm examination in pairs, selecting one image each from your DMP1, determining the creative rights associated with that item, then offering a 3-5 sentence justification for that claim. You will need to refer to our lecture on creative rights from Wednesday, 10/22, in order to complete this exercise.

Here’s the information on Part II of your midterm examination. You’ll have to complete this exercise for five images from your DMP1. 

Part II: Apply what you have learned about Creative Rights from this week’s readings and Lecture (see above) to the references list you created for your photoessay (DMP1). At your blog, create a post that includes the following:

  • complete citation for one of the 8-10 images you used in your DMP1 (in correct, MLA format), followed by
  • creative rights claimed for that image (Public Domain/Fair Use/Creative Commons*), and
  • a brief (3-5 sentence) justification for that claim, drawing directly from what you’ve learned about creative rights from materials referenced above.

Repeat above (citation, creative rights, brief explanation for choice) for at least four more of  the 8-10 images you used in your photoessay–for a total of five citations with creative rights and justification for each choice made). Then, post link to this blog entry in response to Question #11 on this exam.

Midterm Examination

You will find your midterm examination in eCollege under the “Course Home” tab. It includes two parts. We’ll begin with Part II in class today (Friday, 10/24).

Your midterm examination (Parts I-II) is due before midnight Sunday, 10/26. 

 Midterm exam includes two parts:

Part I: A set of (10) questions about Creative Rights. Use the Lecture on Creative Rights (from Wednesday, 10/22) to answer these questions (at our course blog). Everything you need can be found there! It’s “open book,” folks, so you should do great.

Part II: Apply what you have learned about Creative Rights from this week’s readings and Lecture (see above) to the references list you created for your photoessay (DMP1). At your blog, create a post that includes the following:

  • complete citation for one of the 8-10 images you used in your DMP1 (in correct, MLA format), followed by
  • creative rights claimed for that image (Public Domain/Fair Use/Creative Commons*), and
  • a brief (3-5 sentence) justification for that claim, drawing directly from what you’ve learned about creative rights from materials referenced above.

Repeat above (citation, creative rights, brief explanation for choice) for at least four more of  the 8-10 images you used in your photoessay–for a total of five citations with creative rights and justification for each choice made). Then, post link to this blog entry in response to Question #11 on this exam.