TECH1505 Documenting Media

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Module Description

The ability to document and record issues of social concern are well established in media forms such as documentary radio, photography, cinema and television. These practices of investigation, research and mediated storytelling are widely used by journalists and media producers, archivists and researchers. However, with the introduction of new digital media capture production tools and platforms, it is now possible for many different forms of communications practice to be undertaken using emerging forms of new media documenting practice. These evolving practices make use of the affordances of new media technologies, using new collaborative and social tools, and sharing them through network media platforms.

This module introduces learners to the process of collecting and documenting stories and discussions of social concern using digital media capture techniques, using documenting and information manage-ment processes, and sharing and exchanging digital media stories using networked distribution plat-forms that enable these stories to be shared and discussed for socially relevant and developmental purposes. This module prepares learners with the skills and capabilities to undertake potential DMU Local and DMU Global activities as active and independent producers of media content. Learners will work on live-project briefs developed in collaboration with DMU Local and DMU Library Archive & Collections Services.

Module Tutor

John Coster

Office: Q1.25 Queens Building.

john.coster@dmu.ac.uk

@DocMediaCentre

www.docmediacentre.org

Module Handbook

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Assessment

Assessment Outline

Component A – Documenting Media Platform Set-Up (5%)

An assessment of your ability to:

  • Set-up your blog site on the DMU Commons, to personalize your site and to post a set of entries related to the lectures and your interest in community media.
  • Set-up your personal profile page on the DMU Wiki, and to write objectively about yourself in the style of a Wikipedia entry.
  • Set up DMU Talk (Discourse).
  • Link your blog to the http://diy.our.dmu.ac.uk/ site.
  • Link your blog to your Twitter Account, Google, YouTube, Facebook accounts.
  • Minimum Work: Four blogs and one wiki entry, site personalisation, adding social media accounts, working feed for DIY-DMU site.
  • Deadline: Week Six, 10am Monday XXX November 2018.
  • Submission: Individual Links clearly marked on your DMU Commons Wiki Profile.
  • Marking & Feedback: 10am Monday XXX December 2018.

Component B - Investigation (15%)

For this assignment, you will research and write about XXXX.

Your blogs will summarise the key issues of concern, and will use quotes, links and screengrabs to demonstrate what is being discussed in these articles and threads.

The final blog post of this section of your coursework portfolio should be a three-minute reflective video, posted either to the blog directly, or embedded into your blog as a YouTube video. This vlog will give a basic overview of what you discovered in your investigation and in what way your group will take this information and use it in the next assignment, and turn this into a practical project. You should aim to incorporate a wide variety of content such as podcasts, videos, blogs and wikis, or whatever forms of media you are asked to experiment with and try out. We want you to experiment with creativity and innovation, so your media skills will be something you want to show off as you learn new skills and use new platforms.

So, you will submit five blog posts, the last blog being a three-minute video blog that reflects on what you have learnt so far.

It is essential that you establish the habit of blogging regularly, so you will be expected to post a blog each week, with an updated link on your wiki profile page, and an explanation of what is distinctive and innovative about the blog post. Time will be put aside in the workshop sessions for this.

  • Minimum Work: Five weekly blog posts published from Week 6 to Week 11.
  • Deadline: Week 12 (1st week of Christmas break), 10am Monday XXX December 2018.
  • Submission: Individual Links clearly marked on your DMU Commons Wiki Profile.
  • Marking & Feedback by: 10am XXXX January 2019.

Component C – Group Project (30%)

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You will be undertaking the following tasks:

  • Planning, researching, and producing a .................
  • Researching topics and issues of discussion to include in this ..............
  • Interviewing people and finding out what they want to discuss, then writing these interviews as stories to be included in ...............
  • Writing about topics and issues that are important to the social and civic development of the identified communities.
  • Formatting and presenting stories that are interesting and engaging, and which tell these stories in an engaging way.
  • Using media to enhance these stories, such as producing video or audio, taking photographs, using social media, and so on.
  • Using social media to share these stories, and as a way to promote your final newspaper.

What you will actually be marked on is your blog journal. You are expected to keep a journal that records your involvement and level of participation through the process of developing and putting into practice your Community Media Reporting Group Project.

Entries will be posted to your blog each week and listed on your personal wiki profile page as done in the previous assignment.

The final blog post will consist of a video presentation lasting no longer than three minutes, that reflects on what you have personally learnt about this community media reporting project, how you have improved and developed your creative media skills, and how this relates to the content that you will have posted to your own blog site and the module wiki.

  • Minimum Work: Ten blog posts published, at least one each week 15 to Week 22.
  • Deadline: Week 22, 10am Monday XXXX March 2019.
  • Submission: Individual Links clearly marked on DMU Commons Wiki Profile.
  • Marking & Feedback: Thursday XXXX April 2019.

Component D – Report (50%)

This assignment tests your ability to plan, research and write an academic report that answers a specific question of concern related to community media, and which draws on the academic reading recommended for the module. Therefore, you will:

  • Relate your answer to the specific reading material listed as essential or recommended in the module reading list.
  • Use evidence gathered from legitimate sources.
  • Use academic language and analysis conventions.
  • Structure your report according to academic standards and conventions.
  • Provide suitable objective and verifiable examples that illustrate your points.
  • Use suitable academic arguments that will explain your points.

Choose one of the following questions: XXX XXX XXX XXX

Minimum Work: 2000 Word Report. Deadline: 10am XXXXday XXX May 2019. Submission: Turnitin via TECH1502 Blackboard. Marking & Feedback: 10am XXXXday XXX June 2019.

Reading

It is expected that learners will read all of the material from the essential reading list, to broaden and deepen understanding of the subject beyond the basic, and thus enhance performance in assessments. Students do not need to read all items on the recommended list; since many items listed may be alternative sources covering the same subject matter.

Essential Reading

Recommended Reading

  • National Geographic - Collection
  • Journalism - Joe Sacco (2012)
  • Lens On Life - Stephanie Calabrese Roberts (2012)
  • Rethinking Documentary : New Perspectives, New Practices
  • Remediating Transcultural Memory : Documentary Filmmaking As Archival Intervention - Brunow, Dagmar (2016)
  • Animated Realism: a behind the scenes look
  • True Stories? documentary drama on radio
  • Documentary
  • New Documentary: a critical introduction
  • Cinema of me: the self and subjectivity
  • Documentary Handbook
  • Documentary: witness and self-revelation
  • Documentary and the mass media
  • Lies, damn lies and documentaries
  • Documentary: the margins of reality
  • New Challenges for documentary
  • Documentary storytelling for film and video
  • Documentary storytelling: making stronger....

Essential Viewing

Recommended Viewing

  • Learning on Screen (BoB)
  • BFI Archive

Study Skills

  • Cottrell, S., & Morris, N. (2012). Study Skills Connected - Using Technology to Support Your Studies. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • McMillan, K. & Weyers, J. (2012) How to Improve Your Critical Thinking & Reflective Skills (Smarter Study Skills), Harlow, Pearson.

DMU Library Resource List

The list of learning resources can be accessed at the DMU Library, which has links to any additional electroinc resources associated with these books.

Learning Skills

If you want to share and discuss the topics and ideas explored in the module on social media, please use the hashtag #tech1505

Social Learning

In this module emphasis will be placed on collaboration, sharing, discussion and participation. The idea is that learning is enhanced if it is shared and collectively developed. Each person has a responsibility to play their part in the activities and the tasks, and to encourage and support other learners as the module unfolds.

As a community of learners and practitioners this approach recognises that there is more to be gained from a non-hierarchical approach and by spreading-out the tasks using social media tools that encourage everyone to participate and to share their ideas, thoughts and observations in a constructive, non-judgemental, and practical way.

Face-to-Face Interaction

While the subject of this module is community media, the primary approach of the learning activities will be based on face-to-face interaction. This takes places in lectures, labs and arranged tutorials. A typical workshop session will consist of a short introduction presentation, the distribution of instructions via the module page on the DMU Commons Wiki, and then short discussions with individuals and small groups throughout the remainder of the session. This takes an informal approach to interaction between the learner and the tutor.

Verbal Instructions

While many of the tasks and coursework assignments are specified in detail in this handbook, learners are encouraged to listen to the verbal instructions of the tutor, and to ask questions based on the notes that they take. Any questions that relate to the practical work, the reading work, or the assignments associated with this module should be noted by learners and asked during the practical sessions. This is why attendance is essential, and why good listening skills and a distraction-free environment are important. The assignments described here are starting points and are not prescriptive. Learners are encouraged to go-beyond the tasks and activities that are set here, and to investigate for themselves different ways that social media might be used.

Notetaking

Lecture notes and lab worksheets will be provided as PDF documents, with any essential information, links, diagrams, references and source material. However, learners are expected to keep notes for themselves, and to record information that is not given in the handouts. Notetaking is an essential skill and it is important to develop the habit and routine practice of writing notes, sketching diagrams, doodling and so on. You never know when these notes might be useful.

Attendance

A register will be kept of attendance at labs and attendance will be monitored. Non-attendance without good reason can often lead to failure of the module.

If you are ill or are away from the university due to an unavoidable or urgent matter please email FOTAC fotadvicecentre@dmu.ac.uk who will inform your tutors, who will mark you as absent. The university may require you to provide evidence to corroborate your absence at some point in the future.

Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) aims to provide an equal learning experience for every DMU student.

The principles of UDL are the product of decades of research about how people learn, and are based on more than 800 different research studies. At the heart of the UDL approach is the idea of embedding inclusivity and choice for both lecturers and students.

1. Flexible ways of learning

Examples include: •Taught sessions that get you participating in inventive and innovative ways •Using imaginative teaching aids

2. Flexible study resources

Examples include: •Using modifiable handouts so that you can can edit the font or background to your own preference •Recording lectures in audio format for you to access before or after their lecture and to support you with your revision and assessments

3. Flexible ways of testing learning

Examples include: •Providing you with different methods of assessment to challenge you in different ways •Offering a wide range of ways for you to demonstrate your learning and understanding of your subject, this could be through presentations or video

Study Hours

Seminar: Two Hours

The lecture will consist of an examination of ideas and concepts associated with the use and development of community media platforms and practices. The lectures run for no more than fifty minutes, and will start promptly on the hour and finish at ten minutes to the hour.

Media examples will be given, along with suggested reading and links to other media. It is expected that learners take notes during the lecture to supplement any notes that are made available by the lecturer. Learners are expected to adhere to the norms of academic practice during lectures, and not disturb or distract other students.

LAB: Two Hours

Labs will take the form of a workshop in which you will actively explore and produce content for your blog, experimenting with different types of community media, and applying problem solving and creative thinking techniques in order to get the best from them.

The LAB will cover:

  • Discussions of issues covered in lectures.
  • Experimenting with different forms of community media.
  • Setting up blogs and wiki pages.
  • Writing blogs and wiki entries.
  • Sharing content and ideas.
  • Reflecting on feedback.
  • Planning for future work.
  • Sharing media content.

The LAB will take the form of a mixed session that will use different learning techniques and blended learning practices. Short-bursts of lecture-style presentations will be intermixed with discussions, online searches, practical production and project work. Some sessions will take place in different locations and away from the campus.

Personal Study: Eight Hours

As well as attending your classes you are expected to spend time each week working on coursework, background reading, independent investigation, group work and getting to know different social media platforms. Typically, this might be divided into:

  • Weekly blog planning & writing - One Hour
  • Weekly wiki planning & writing - One Hour
  • Media investigation - One Hour
  • Personal Journal - One Hour
  • Group Work - One Hour
  • Academic Reading - Three Hours
  • Total Minimum Study Time - Eight Hours

Tutor Contact

Your tutor will not answer queries and questions about coursework, the lectures or the workshops by email or any other forms of electronic communication.

Instead, you are expected to make a note of your questions in your notebook and bring them to your weekly lab session, where time will always be given to answer any ESSENTIAL questions that you have.

Your tutor has allocated time each week to see students for personal tutorials if required. These are listed at the front of this handbook, on your tutor's wiki profile, and on the door of your tutor’s office.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate that you can:

  • Create and present a range of forms of documentary and documenting media content.
  • Use documentary media production techniques (such as photography, audio, video and interactive media) to tell stories and relate information relevant to emerging media documenting practices.
  • Evaluate issues of social concern and communicate the relevance of these issues using a range of documenting media practices.
  • Take personal responsibility for the research, design and planning of documenting media projects.

Useful Links

Media Source Material

Film Source Material

Photography Source Material

Audio Source Material

New Media Source Material

Key Words

Documentary, documenting, community, social impact, convergence, participation, audio, radio, collaboration, attention, critical consumption, social media, community development, DIY-Media, Web 2.0, technology, media, culture, mediation, media technology, new media, film, photography, video, digital literacies, archive.