Syllabus

Instructor(s)

Brad Hinson

Ben Kalb

Class Agility and Flexibility

  • We are flexible and agile with the course details and will work with you to make accommodations, as needed.
  • If you get stuck, speak-up and let's get unstuck.
  • If an assignment feels like busywork or is boring, let's re-construct it.
  • If you have a particular area of interest, let's incorporate it.
  • If you have a busy week or necessary absence, let's work it out.
  • If you need more points, let's construct some extra-credit.
  • If something... , let's figure it out.

All of this requires that we communicate openly, honestly, and respectfully.  So let's keep an open-dialogue about the state of the class.

#inte5340 is our hashtag.  Whenever you publish anything related to the course, include this hashtag so we actually see it.  If we don't see it, it doesn't count.

Description

"This course reviews the uses of digital storytelling (DST) for learning. Develop and publish a short digital story that tells something important about you and your interests. Explore ways of creating or using digital stories that can aid learning and personal growth." ~ CU Catalog

Objectives

  • Critically examine and critique multiple forms of digital storytelling and participatory learning experiences;
  • Iteratively and rapidly produce multiple digital stories by leveraging a variety of tools, methods, and design principles;
  • Stretch beyond your comfort-zone (Zone of Proximal Development) to discover emergent educational practices, ideas, and systems;
  • Develop a critical stance toward digital storytelling as a social learning platform and community of practice.

3-Act Timeline

This course is structured as a story might be, with 3 ACTS that will take us on a hero's journey.

Each ACT is 5 weeks in length and focuses on distinct aspects of digital storytelling.

  • Orientation / Preface: Aug 17th - Aug 30th
  • Act 01: Remixing Story  Aug. 31st -  Sept. 27th
  • Act 02: Remixing SVVSD  Sept. 28th  - Oct. 25th
  • Act 03: Remixing... Oct. 26th - Dec. 13th

For each ACT you are expected to

  • read, watch, and annotate materials;
  • actively participate in group-activities;
  • produce a digital story;
  • critique/review digital stories.

Artistry

Success is based on effort, participation, and engagement, not artistic ability.  The concepts and ideas we explore are what count, not the aesthetics of the media you make.  

Communicating

  • Personal blogs and social media (maybe).  Tag all related posts with #inte5340.
  • Slack is our home base. You will need to check-in to Slack multiple times a week to actively participate.  Join us at https://inte5340-sv.slack.com as soon as class begins.
  • Hypothes.is is an annotation tool that enables discussion in the margins of web pages and pdfs. You will receive an invite for a private hypothes.is group. You may setup your account here https://web.hypothes.is/start/.
  • Zoom is available for dialogues and other video discussions, as-needed. All @ucdenver faculty and students have Zoom-Pro accounts - just claim it.

Materials & Media

  • No Textbook.  We will read articles, watch videos, and explore digital stories on the open web.
  • The Interwebs.  You need a good computer with persistent internet access and capable of basic media editing and playback. You will need  a webcam/microphone for video discussion and assignment production. You may need to download and install software to complete assignments.
  • Diverse Media. You will be challenged to work with a diverse collection of digital media.  We will be remixing and mashing-up elements of audio, video, graphic, web, and social media.
  • Diverse Tools. You will be challenged to seek-out and try different tools.  I will offer a storytelling-toolbox of options, make recommendations, and offer help as needed.

Weekly Work

  • Participation.  This is a collaborative course, requiring persistent presence and contribution.  A typical week involves some combination of reading journal articles, watching videos, exploring tools/stories, making things, and discussing any/all of the above.
  • Activities.  Notes, resources, and tasks will be posted at the beginning of each week in the course blog and in Slack.
  • WeeklyThings.  Each week will present a low-stakes creative activity where we play with media and ideas, relevant to our focus of study. On Tuesdays, a StoryThing challenge will be posted in Slack; you will have until Friday to make it and share it with the class.

Projects & Publishing

Throughout the course we will work on one or more digital stories (on your own or in a group).  One or more of your digital stories could be published in a public venue. You can be anonymous if you like, but the stories will be told publicly.  This may be on your own blog, on social media, in a podcast, a newsletter, or something yet to be determined.

#inte5340 is our hashtag.  Whenever you publish anything related to the course, include this hashtag so we actually see it.  If we don't see it, it doesn't count.

Working publicly does not mean we forsake privacy. If you'd like to retain anonymity on the open web, you may use a pseudonym for your public works.  Let us know your alter-ego if you go this route.  

Assessment

We will focus on authentic learning over gaming the grade.  That is, we will worry less about rubrics, point systems, level-ups, and what-not; and focus instead on your individual interests, growth and discovery relative to our topic.

While you will get a grade at the end of each ACT and at the end of the course, we will not be grading individual assignments. We will simply take note of tasks completed, or not.  We will simply take note of presence, or not.  We will simply take note of effort, or lack thereof.

We will assess participation and effort.

  • 2 - Fully engaged and demonstrating effort (doing well)
  • 1 - Occasionally checking-in; moderate participation/effort; (doing ok)
  • 0 - Largely absent; minimal participation/effort (not ok)

Points & Pitches

At the end of the course you will complete a reflective self-evaluation / reflection in which you are asked to grade yourself.  This is called the pitch.

You will be asked to assess your own participation, effort, and growth; citing/linking evidence thereof.  Your final reflection prompt could also be tailored to you individually, based on your interests and choices within the course.

We'll have a conversation about it and agree upon your grade for that ACT.  As the instructors, we do have the final say.

  • ACT01: 100 possible points
  • ACT02: 100 possible points
  • ACT03: 100 possible points

Final grades will be based on this scale:

  • A  288 -300 pts
  • A- 270 - 285 pts
  • B  258 - 267 pts
  • B- 240 - 255 pts
  • C  228 - 237 pts
  • C- 210 - 225 pts
  • D  198 - 207 pts
  • D- 180 - 195 pts
  • F below 177 pts

Policies & Procedures (EULA)

Late work. Assignments are to be turned in on or before their due dates. Late assignments are penalized 10% per day.

Participation. You are expected to be fully engaged and participate actively in the course activities each week of class – especially interactions with other students.

Academic integrity. You should feel free to help one another and collaborate in the learning process. However, you are responsible for completing your own work. Any form of academic dishonesty or its facilitation will be subject to disciplinary action. Institutional policy specifics are published in the UCD Catalog – you are responsible for knowing them. A creative and enjoyable environment is a better learning environment. If, for some reason, you are not enjoying this class, bring it to my attention. Use of others’ work without providing proper acknowledgment is not acceptable and will lead to failing the course.

Special needs. If you have a disability, including a learning disability, please contact your instructor via phone or email to discuss any necessary accommodations.

Technology use. Using UCD email and networks require adherence to usage policies – e.g., avoiding commercial profit-making enterprises or inappropriate personal or political uses. You are responsible for knowing the standards and rules governing computer use. For more info see the IT Services policies page.

Accommodations. The University of Colorado Denver is committed to providing reasonable accommodation and access to programs and services to persons with disabilities; see the University of Colorado Denver Accommodations website for specifics. Students with disabilities who want academic accommodations must register with Disability Resources and Services (DRS), North Classroom 2514, Campus Box 118, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364, 303-556-3450, TTY 303-556-4766, FAX 303-556-4771, email DisabilityResources@ucdenver.edu. I am happy to provide approved accommodations, once you provide me with a copy of DRS’s letter.

Incomplete Grade Policy. Incomplete grades (I) are not given to replace low grades. To be eligible for an incomplete grade, students must (1) successfully completed at least 75% of the course requirements, (2) have special circumstances (verification required) that preclude the student from attending classes and/or completing graded assignments, and (3) make arrangements to complete missing assignments with the original instructor before more than one year has elapsed since the end of the semester in which the course was taken.

Incomplete Grade Process. Students must be in close communication with the instructor PRIOR to the end of the semester regarding special circumstances precluding them from successfully completing the remainder of the course. Faculty may assign students an incomplete grade of “I” to signify that special circumstances beyond the student’s control prevented the student from completing a small portion of the course (no more than 25%) and that a final grade cannot yet be assigned.

IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO COLLABORATE WITH THE INSTRUCTOR TO COMPLETE AN INCOMPLETE AGREEMENT FORM prior to the end of the semester for which the incomplete is given. A copy of the form, signed by both the student and the instructor should be submitted to the SEHD Student Services Center (LSC 701). Both the student and instructor should also keep a copy. The instructor sets the conditions under which the course work can be completed and the time limit for completion. The student is expected to complete the requirements within the established deadline. If the missing assignments are not completed within the allotted time, the “I” converts to an F on the student’s transcript. Students making up an incomplete should not re-register for the course.

Upon completion of the missing course work, a Change of Record Form is completed by the original instructor to change the “I” to a letter grade. Faculty should work with the Faculty Services Center to complete the Change of Record Form.

Students with Disabilities. The University of Colorado at Denver is committed to providing reasonable accommodation and access to programs and services to students with disabilities. UCD strives to comply with the portions of the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) dealing with students. The Disability Resources and Services Office (DRSO) serve the needs of the diverse community of students with disabilities attending UCD. For information, please visit this site.

CU Denver Honor Code. As members of the CU Denver community, students are expected to uphold University standards, which include abiding by state, civil, and criminal laws and all University policies and standards of conduct. These standards assist in promoting a safe and welcoming community. The full UCD Student Code of Conduct can be found here.

SEHD Honor Code. The School’s honor code is currently under review by faculty in the Student Committee.

Ombuds Office. The CU-Denver Ombuds Office offers free, voluntary, and confidential consultation and information. It’s a safe place to discuss any conflicts, questions or concerns you may have about University expectations, policies or procedures. It’s located in the CU-Denver Building, Suite 100. For further information, call them at (303)-315-0046 or visit their website.

Support from the Writing Center. The UCD Writing Center offers individual and small group consultations for students seeking to strengthen their writing. Students meet with a consultant live for a 50-minute appointment, just like they would face-to-face. More information is available at their website. An informational video, appointment video, and pdf brochure are available at their website as well. See also their APA style guide.

What about post-term access?

The course is open during the teaching term, but not indefinitely after that. Remember that you will present projects in your portfolio from different classes – always back up your data and collect all needed files from all courses as you complete the work. You will be responsible for having access to these files as you prepare your portfolio.

Change Clause

This syllabus is subject to change, and it very likely will.

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