LEAPS (600 pts)

Four different types of creative media production projects give you the opportunity to develop your creative, collaborative, critical thinking and communication skills. You will be creating media to apply and extend what you are learning about digital learning. You are free to choose which digital tools to use in your LEAPs. See some examples of digital creation tools here. Your cell phone and laptop are powerful production tools for digital media creative projects that you can use in your LEAP assignments. Some of your LEAP projects will require that you collaborate with a partner. Each LEAP will be described under “Assignments” and an evaluation rubric will be provided.

LEAP 1. Memoir. Your Life as a Digital Learner (100 points) – DUE September 23

LEAP 2. Summarize and Analyze (100 points) – DUE October 14

LEAP 3. Multimedia: Collaborate and Connect (200 points) – DUE November 4

LEAP 4. Multimedia: Digital Learning in Action (200 points) – DUE December 11


LEAP 4. Multimedia: Digital Learning in Action (200 points) – DUE December 11

Overview. Be a multimedia producer and learn something new by creating different forms of media, including an infographic, a blog post, a podcast or video, and an annotated bibliography.

Getting Started. Explore and learn about a topic that’s interesting and important to you. No topic is off limits. Generate an interesting question about this topic and gather a wide variety of information from popular, scholarly and professional sources.

Examine the Media Forms. Review examples of great infographics, podcasts, blog posts and videos. Study the characteristics of these forms to understand their strengths and limitations in communicating ideas.

Create. Then, using your creativity and imagination, represent what you have learned using at least four different media:

  • an infographic (created using infogr.am)
  • a well-written and well-designed 1500-word blog post
  • a podcast no longer than 10 minutes (with script) OR a 3-5 minute live-action, screencast or animated video (with script)
  • an annotated bibliography of the resources you consulted
  • at least 3 annotated PDF files demonstrating your active reading ability

Your final project, posted to your website, should be a harmonious collection of at least four of these five elements, designed to inform a target audience of college-educated adults.

Work Process. There are some intermediate deliverables associated with this project:

  • Nov 12: An inquiry question with a rationale about why this question is interesting or important to you, along with a description of a target audience who may also be interested in this topic. Please submit your answers here.
  • Nov 19: A preliminary annotated list of resources that you have selected from popular scholarly and professional sources. Learn more about creating an annotated bibliography here. Post this document as a Google Doc and invite the instructor to view/edit (reneehobbs2002@gmail.com)
  • Dec 3: A written list of key informational messages that your work will emphasize, with a description of what you want your target audience to know, feel and do after reading and viewing your work.
  • Dec 10: Your work is completed and posted to your website. You have tweeted a link using the #COM410 hashtag.

Criteria for Evaluation.

  1. You have developed an an authentic inquiry question on a topic that is meaningful and important to you. You have gathered information to advance your own knowledge and then created four different forms of multimedia to represent what you have learned. Your work activates and holds interest of a specific target audience. The reader/viewer learns something new by encountering the four different media messages you have designed.
  2. Your work demonstrates that you have made effective choices of information sources. You have comprehended and synthesized information. You have used remix creativity to create something new, using bits of the materials you have read, viewed and listened to. Your completed work is original and has a distinctive point of view unlike any other.
  3. You have used the four multimedia formats creatively and appropriately to attract and hold the attention of a reader/viewer while informing them. Your work shows evidence that you have applied what you have learned about digital literacy and learning as explored in the course.
  4. Your work is professional and appropriate for upper-level undergraduate work. There are no spelling, grammar or other errors. You have used APA citation to acknowledge the materials you used in the learning process. You have completed the stages of work on time. You have designed a webpage that effectively integrates all four multimedia forms using good design principles and you have tweeted a link using the #COM410 hashtag.

LEAP #3. Overview. Collaborate and Connect. This project requires you to work collaboratively with another student in this class using our LEAP 3 Basecamp, a professional project management tool used in the workplace. In this assignment, you’re responsible for documenting the work of an educator who is exploring digital literacy and making connections between their work and the work of another scholar who is writing about issues that are aligned with and relevant to the work of the individual you interview. To accomplish this task, you must interview an educator who is exploring digital literacy and gather information about their work using an F2F or online interview. Get access to a carefully vetted list of educators (former students of Renee) who may offer you an interview. Then, use library research to do some deep reading in the scholarly and professional literature in the field to develop your understanding of topics and issues that are relevant to the ideas and experiences shared by your interview source. Here’s a research guide about digital literacy in higher education. Here’s a great database to explore digital literacy in K-12 education. Then you compose some combination of writing and multimedia (in any genre or format) to represent the educator’s work, making a meaningful connection to the new ideas you have explored.

Criteria for Evaluation

  1. You have selected an appropriate individual to interview who is actively exploring digital literacy and used a F2F or online interview to gather information about their work and experiences. You have identified key information, ideas and themes and you have summarized and documented their work with high levels of accuracy and precision.
  2. You have selected an appropriate scholarly resource (book, journal article, or other material) that offers information that is highly relevant to the ideas and information provided by your interview source. You summarize, analyze and make connections between the ideas shared by your interview source and the information you gained from your scholarly source.
  3. You present your work in a professional manner, using a combination of writing and multimedia. Your work has a strong thesis statement and makes use of effective design to present your ideas attractively on your website. Your work accurately represents the experience of your interview source as well as the scholarly resources you examined. The work is attention-getting, well-organized, and with no spelling, grammar or usage errors. When you reference your scholarly source, you have used internal (author, date) and APA formatted citation.
  4. You have worked collaboratively with your partner, sharing the work load and taking advantage of the power of brainstorming, good work flow management and attention to the revision process to complete the project under deadline pressure. You post your completed project to your website and tweet the link with the #COM410 hashtag.

LEAP #2. Summarize and Analyze. Select an interesting subset of ideas from among the course readings. Then use still and/or moving images with some language to explain these ideas in a video of no more than 2 minutes in length. Use any format, genre or style appropriate for your intended target audience of college-educated adults, non-specialists with an interest in digital learning. Be sure to identify the author(s) whose work you summarize and analyze in your video. Learn more about the steps in the process of creating a simple video and some simple free digital tools to use. See an example of LEAP 2 created by a URI student. Upload to YouTube or Vimeo and embed or post your video on your blog. Then tweet about your work, sharing the link and using the hashtag #COM410.

Criteria for Evaluation

1. You have selected a key set of ideas from the course readings and explained these ideas in a way that demonstrates a solid understanding of the concept(s).

2. The video has a thesis statement and uses visual and verbal modes of expression to express a small set of ideas and their relevance to your life, work and/or professional interests.

3. The video attracts and holds viewer interest, is well-organized, and uses image, language and sound effectively to inform the target audience. You have identified the author(s) whose work you summarize and analyze in your video.

LEAP 1. Memoir. Your Life as a Digital Learner.  Compose a short memoir that takes us back to some vivid experience as a young person in learning with or about digital media texts, tools and technologies. Learn more about writing a memoir here. Post your memoir to your blog and tweet a link using the #COM410 hashtag.

Criteria for Evaluation

1. The writing tone is authentic and personal and you use rich descriptive writing to capture the sights, sounds, and feelings of some aspect of your experience learning with or about digital media.

2. The memoir has a thesis statement that shows how and why a particular form of digital learning was meaningful to you when you were young and how it may have affected your personal and social identity. The memoir helps us get to know you as a human being.

3. The memoir attracts and holds the reader’s interest and is well-organized, with no spelling, grammar or usage errors.

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