In years past for orientation we’ve had streams of first years coming through the media center before being whisked off to their next event, small groups pop in for couple hours with just enough time to make a quick iMovie mashup, and even a group sing along in one of our podcast rooms. This year we got to work with a group of enthusiastic first years over four days to create radio stories as part of the Pre-Orientation program.
Our program included an interview technique Q and A session with Tony Moore and Joseph O’Neill from Market and Communication, audio production session, a DJ booth practice run with WDCV technician Tyler Garrett, and quick study session of our favorites like This American Life, Planet Money, and RadioLab. The result was five great stories which the aired live on WDCV during orientation.
Check out the programs below and the full stories with pictures on WDCV.
Below are some our favorite projects from the Mass Media and American Politics course this semester. All of these videos were done as course assignments and in no way reflect any views by the college or necessarily the students that created them. Also, despite the content of some the videos these were all student projects none of the videos were paid for by any outside entity.
I am currently taking Todd Arsenault’s Digital Studio course this semester. For our second project we were presented with the task of shooting a stop motion video. Listed below is my final submission:
I’m not too satisfied with the results. I think I got too caught up with the technical aspects of filming that I neglected other important aspects such as editing and audio. At least I know for next time!
Equipment used: Tripod, Flip Video Camera, Canon EOS 5D (Mark II)
Students in The Cold War in Southern Africa created podcasts profiling a twentieth-century Southern African leader. Sarah Koch, Weston Hayes, and Luke Kaledin chose Nelson Mandela because they had learned about his leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, the founding of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (“spear of the nation” in isiZulu) following the government’s decision in 1960 to ban the ANC, and Mandela’s subsequent arrest and imprisonment. Mandela became a symbol of apartheid’s injustice until his release from prison in 1990 and election as South African president in 1994. Mandela died at the age of 95 at the end of the fall semester 2013.
Writing in and for Digital Environments (WRPG 211) is a new course designed to encourage students to think about how to convey a thought or point of view using more than just letters and words on a sheet of paper. Of course, there is no substitute for well thought-out and aptly articulated writing, and first and foremost the course uses the electronic environment to challenge and develop students’ writing skills. But it also teaches basic proficiency in WordPress and other common online platforms (Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.), and course assignments require regular reflection on the writing process, and on the tailoring information to specific audiences and media. Each student will design, build, and begin regularly posting to her or his own blog.
Here is a list of the student’s blogs for the semester. Click through to see what topics they chose to write about.
Part of an on going project created during the class Greek 112: Introduction to Greek Poetry, taught by Christopher Francese that consist of a passage from Homer’s Iliad discussed, translated into English, and then recited in Greek.
Michael Fratantuono’s class create mini video lectures on current global economy topics.
The Keystone XL Pipeline, by Brooke Watson, Christine Gannon, Mike Hughes, and Eleonora Vaccori
Qatar 2030 Vision, by Rogelio Cerezo, Abby Glascott, Chloe (Ruijiao) Ma, Danette Moore
Megacities: A New Perspective, by Steven Haynes, Mike Adams, and Mike DeVivo
Final Projects for Todd Arsenault’s Digital Imaging course