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Storytelling in the Digital Age

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 01, 2015 - July 28, 20154OnlineOpenJohn Mulligan10741

Course Description

In 2008, Nicholas Carr asked everyone on the internet, “Is Google making us stupid?” The answer seems to be yes, and no. The immediate availability of boundless stores of information gives us all a crutch to lean on when we need quick answers; if you have a smartphone in your pocket, you are a walking encyclopedia. But only so much information will fit on a smartphone screen, and our collective attention spans have shrunken to the point where I’m lucky if you’re still reading this. ;) Ninety-six percent of all clicks on Google search results go to the first 10 listings.

This course will give you an opportunity to both understand and participate in new forms of storytelling that are emerging in our digital media world. We will re-learn the art of creative self-expression in ways that both respect tried-and-true dimensions of narratology, and respond to our new, fast-paced ways of interacting with content online. We will learn from and dissect the films, stories, and interactive sites created by today’s leading digital media producers, and we will put these lessons to use as you create engaging, self-expressive narratives of your own. Learn craft, process, and how to use digital media to tell the stories that matter most to you.

Students will focus first on the written text for each project, and will be guided through a series of drafts, receiving peer and instructor feedback each step of the way. As you integrate sound and image into each project, you will explore both the technical logistics and the intellectual/aesthetic considerations inherent in producing coherent work in this medium. Students will read and view a wide range of exemplary and instructional texts, learning to read and view closely and critically.

This course provides a good introduction to the arts of storytelling and critical reading. The skills learned will give students an advantage in any introductory-level humanities college course, from English to Media Studies. In addition, the final projects produced by students can be a useful addition to any college admissions portfolio, as examples of creative ability.

"This course was academically enriching, and above all, it was fun. It was never tedious working on the project or for the course, due to the nature of the course as well as the instructor's approachability and friendliness. I would definitely recommend this to all of my friends."
- Storytelling in the Digital Age student, Summer 2014





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Course Requirements:

Time commitment: To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework. There will be an optional live online session with the instructor.

Prerequisites: none

Technical:
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
• Webcam and microphone
• Adobe Flash Player (Important elements of this course require Flash and will not work on an iPad. If you do not already have Flash installed on your computer, you will be provided with instructions on how to download it at the start of the course.)
• Digital camera with video capabilities (a smartphone is acceptable)

Supplementary materials: none


Course Fee: $1180


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