MDIA 2336 - Digital Storytelling

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course looks at the development, production, and use of digital stories. Digital story has become an avenue of expression leading to new forms of social networking and a means through which story is re-made for different media. The course examines techniques of story production through a range of digital media which will lead to the development and production of stories by students. The capacity for digital storytelling has developed through the availability of convergent communication technologies, particularly consumer grade technologies such as those in smart phones and tablets. The availability of these technologies has meant that new skills and techniques of writing and producing are necessary which fit with computer screen technologies and other parameters of these new media forms. The subject will cover the relatively short history of this new field of media production, linking it to older forms of story-telling in terms of connection to comparative and indigenous precursors and uses. Building on theory covered in first year core Media courses, this course will cover an analysis of the 'produser' as an autonomous media producer and the development of a computer mediated aesthetics. Theories of narrative form, visuals, sound, music, subjectivity and identity will form part of the course with an examination of forms of collective and political engagement that develop out of digital story. New mainstream genres which grow out of older forms such as the diary or the journal will be discussed. The course has a practical component which will encourage the production of new forms of narrative through exercises and the use of skills developed in class.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MDIA 2336
    Course Digital Storytelling
    Coordinating Unit Media
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MDIA 1002, MDIA 1007 and MDIA 1004
    Incompatible MDIA 1006
    Course Description This course looks at the development, production, and use of digital stories. Digital story has become an avenue of expression leading to new forms of social networking and a means through which story is re-made for different media. The course examines techniques of story production through a range of digital media which will lead to the development and production of stories by students. The capacity for digital storytelling has developed through the availability of convergent communication technologies, particularly consumer grade technologies such as those in smart phones and tablets. The availability of these technologies has meant that new skills and techniques of writing and producing are necessary which fit with computer screen technologies and other parameters of these new media forms. The subject will cover the relatively short history of this new field of media production, linking it to older forms of story-telling in terms of connection to comparative and indigenous precursors and uses. Building on theory covered in first year core Media courses, this course will cover an analysis of the 'produser' as an autonomous media producer and the development of a computer mediated aesthetics. Theories of narrative form, visuals, sound, music, subjectivity and identity will form part of the course with an examination of forms of collective and political engagement that develop out of digital story. New mainstream genres which grow out of older forms such as the diary or the journal will be discussed. The course has a practical component which will encourage the production of new forms of narrative through exercises and the use of skills developed in class.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kim Barbour

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    There is only one in-person lecture for this course, scheduled for 10am Monday 23 July (Week 1). All students must attend this lecture.

    Weekly workshops are compulsory, and your participation is assessed.

    Timely completion of the online modules is compulsory, and assessed.

    Please note that it is a requirement of entry that students have successfully completed two prerequisites: MDIA1002 Introduction to Media and MDIA1007 Digital Platforms. It is highly recommended that students also complete MDIA1004 Exploring Radio and Television before taking Digital Storytelling.

    Additionally, this course is incompatible with successful completion of MDIA1002 Story/Technology: Writing Techniques.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate developed knowledge of the principles and concepts of framing, sound, composition, visual storytelling, digital storytelling, and culture
    2. Demonstrate a sense of aesthetics and skills in communicating through both static and moving images
    3. Demonstrate creativity and originality in effectively developing and managing a visual story production
    4. Communicate and critique project ideas with classmates in workshop activities, consultations and screenings
    5. Demonstrate critical thinking around digital storytelling, online media production, and the social and cultural media environment
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, diffuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no textbooks or books of readings that are required to be purchased for this course. All materials will be available for download from MyUni/Canvas, which students will need to access on at least a weekly basis.

    Considerable use is made of mobile technologies, particularly the cameras on smart phones, during class time. Where a student does not have access to technologies of this type, loan equipment is available.

    Please note that it is a requirement of entry that students have successfully completed  two prerequisites: MDIA1002 Introduction to Media and MDIA1007 Digital Platforms. It is highly recommended that students also complete MDIA1004 Exploring Radio and Television before taking Digital Storytelling.

    Additionally, this course is incompatible with successful completion of MDIA1002 Story/Technology: Writing Techniques.
    Recommended Resources
    Membership of the South Australia Libraries network (free for all residents of SA including international students) is strongly encouraged to enable students to access Lynda.com
    Online Learning
    Online modules will provide the bulk of the theoretical material in the course. Following a flipped classroom model, students will prepare for the practical classes by completing the fortnightly modules prior to attending in person. With a mix between recorded presentations by the course co-ordinator, use of online video, and directions to complete parts of the set readings, the online modules will cater to a range of learning styles and speeds. This will allow students to proceed at their own pace through the modules, and engage in self-directed learning. Modules will be made available on a fortnightly basis in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10.

    In addition, the use of an ePortfolio system to collect in-class activities will allow students to maintain a record of their own practical learning and development, while also providing a platform for the submission of their final assessment.

    MyUni will host the online modules, readings, help sheets, and be used for contacting students through the announcements function.

    Lynda.com, an online skills training platform run by LinkedIn, will also be utilised to allow students to extend their practical learning outside of the classroom by using the online tutorials. Students will need to join their local library (for free) to take advantage of the included Lynda access. When students successfully complete Lynda training, they can include the confirmation badge on their LinkedIn page, which will be useful to inform potential employers of their skills when job-searching, as well as maintaining an external record of their progress.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses three teaching modes.

    In week one, the whole class meets for a one-off orientation lecture.

    In weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10, online modules will be released for students to work through in their own time. These modules need to be completed prior to the workshops.

    From week 2, weekly workshops will provide the practical and group work components of the course, allowing for the development of production skills for the digital storytelling environment along with critical class discussion and activities about key theoretical concepts.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.


    WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 1 hour lecture 1 hour per semester
    5 x 2 hour online module 10 hours per semester
    10 x 2 hour workshop/tutorial 20 hours per semester
    2 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester
    3 hours research per week 36 hour per semester
    3 hours assignment prep per week 36 hours per semester
    1 hour online module reflection 5 hours per semester


    Learning Activities Summary
    WEEK LECTURE TOPIC
    1 Course orientation, introduction to digital storytelling
    2 How stories work, and how they inform our lives
    3
    4 Technologies for digital storytelling: software, hardware, film-making techniques, sound and music
    5
    6 Case studies – digital storytelling in practice: education, marketing, journalism
    7
    8 Digital storytelling in a global media environment
    9
    10 Giving voice to ourselves
    11
    12 Digital storytelling futures
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Workshops are designed around small group work. Students will work cooperatively to respond to course content, producing media objects and/or engaging in research led discussion around key issues.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Weighting Course Learning Outcomes
    Online module tests 5 x 2% (10% total) 1, 2, 5
    1800 word multimedia research essay 30% 1, 2, 5
    Digital story production 50% 1, 2, 3
    Workshop participation 10% 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory at workshop/tutorials and in the introductory lecture in week 1. All assessments must be attempted in order to be eligible to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Online Module tests
    Online multichoice tests based on the key concepts explored in online modules, available after completion of each module. Total weighting 10%

    1800 word multimedia research essay
    Students to research and write 1800 word essay based around theoretical concepts explored in the initial lecture and first two online modules. Students required to read widely of academic literature, and also make informed and critical use of alternate forms of knowledge production, such as podcasts, blogs, and online talks. The essay itself is a digital object, with embedded video, images, and links. Total weighting 30%

    Digital story production
    Students will write and produce a short (2-3 minute) digital story, submitting for assessment their planning and production documents along with the final object. Total weighting 50%

    Workshop participation
    Students to engage with workshop/tutorial tasks, and maintain record of progress and achievement via ePortfolio system which will be used to determine grade. Total weighting 10%
    Submission
    Assessments will be submitted using the MyUni online assignment submission system.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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