Projects & Productions

Course Assignments/Evaluation and Due Dates


This is a collaborative course–encouraging experimentation, intellectual curiosity, and creative making. We will explore new media literacies and culture through critical engagements with course texts – and through ‘hands-on’ creative production and design.

  • Attendance and Participation  

Attendance in class is mandatory and your participation is determined by your engagement with readings, your active collaboration in groups (break out rooms), and your in-class exploration of tools and models, theories and practices. If you will not be present, please notify me ahead of class. Attendance will be taken using Zoom, so please be on time for 11:30am start.

I have reduced the readings and project expectations for this ‘COVID-19’ edition of the course. Read all assigned texts (readings and videos) closely. This means creating some kind of ‘meta-text’ for each reading/text. That is, as you read, develop a note-taking, annotation and/or mind-mapping  system for yourself (or collaborate with others in reading groups of your own design). As you read: Identify new terms, central concepts and key quotes; map out your take-away points; jot down your critical reflections and/or any connections to personal experiences.

  • Intellectual Production: Course WebsitePortfolio (95% total) 

Your course website portfolio (production 1) will consists of 9 ‘Intellectual productions’. Intellectual productions will consist of either short (formal) critical essays or digital artefacts (websites, graphic stories, videos works etc).

Production expectations will be described in detail on the course website and every week I will “unlock” a production. Productions will be hosted on your personal website/portfolio unless noted otherwise (e.g., wiki, youtube, etc).

Taken together, these 9 productions make up your course portfolio, and feature the intellectual work and creative play you will engage in throughout the course. The productions are meant to be relatively low-risk opportunities for you to learn to work with new tools, play with/critically consider ideas, and experiment with different new media technologies.

Please email me when each production is completed/posted to your website so ongoing feedback can be provided.

Production 1 Website Power-up 5% Set-up by Sept 22 (with ongoing updates).
Production 2 New Literacies Reflection (Critical Essay) 10 % Posted to your website
by Sept 29
Production 3 Multimodal Critical Literacies 10% Posted to your website by October 7
Production 4 Graphic Novel  or Dual Language Graphic Text 10% PDF Posted to your website Posted to your site by Oct 20
Production 5 IBL / Multiliteracies 5% Posted to your site by Oct 27
Production 6 Video Works 15% Link posted to your site by Nov 3*
Production 7 Speculative Educational ‘Fictions’ (Wikimedia) 20% Groups Project: Due on Wikimedia by Dec 1
Production 8 Learning Principles (Games) 10 % Posted to your website by Nov 17
Production 9 Twineworks 10% Posted to your website by Dec 15

* if you are feeling ambitious and having fun with this video works project, you can ask for a due-date extension.

  • ‘Connections’ Presentations / [Tuesday December 12] 5%

For the final day of class, I will ask you to prepare, in small groups, a final (very brief!) presentation (with group slide deck) that explores individual and collective ‘take away points’ for the course, and your course ‘highlights’  documenting what and how you learned (based intellectual productions), and what you created.  This is not a ‘major’ project: presentations are simply a context and vehicle for critically reflecting on the course experience, and for making connections between course theory and your own critical/creative practices of making.


Grading

The grading scheme for the course conforms to the 10-point grading system used in undergraduate programs at York. If you have questions about grading that are course-specific, please speak with me. (For a full description of York grading system see the York University Undergraduate Website/Calendar)

Group Work:
While group projects will be given one grade for all members, a brief summary of tasks each member completed will also be required. If work was distributed inequitably, individual grades will be subject to revision.

Assignment Submission/Lateness: Proper academic performance depends on students doing their work not only well, but on time. Accordingly, assignments for this course must be received on the due date specified for the assignment. Assignments are to be handed in on your course portfolio/website (with an accompanying email to notify me), unless otherwise stated in class. Should you need to submit an assignment late, or require an extension, let me know with a week’s notice or more, if possible, so we can work together if you need support.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Technology Requirement: This course requires that you bring your own device i.e. laptop, tablet or a smartphone (although a smartphone might be more challenging to work with) to access the digital media tools explored in class. If this creates a barrier for you to fully engage in the course,  please speak with me as soon as possible.

Absences: This course involves both theoretical and hands-on work with concepts and tools surrounding new media literacies. It is important that you attend every class, as you will often be working in groups and trying out different tools in class. If you cannot attend class, please email me and, if possible, inform a member of your group (preferably before class). An attendance sheet will be distributed each class, which you will sign to indicate you are present. If you know you will be absent for a class, please let me know as soon as possible so we can work together to ensure you can make up what you will miss.

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Academic Standards, Curriculum & Pedagogy webpage (see Reports, Initiatives, Documents) – https://secretariat.info.yorku.ca/files/CourseInformationForStudentsAugust2012-.pdf

  • Senate Policy on Academic Honesty and the Academic Integrity Website
  • Ethics Review Process for research involving human participants
  • Course requirement accommodation for students with disabilities, including physical, medical, systemic, learning and psychiatric disabilities
  • Student Conduct Standards
  • Religious Observance Accommodation