IDeaL Initiative

    Integrating Digital Literacies (IDL) Program

    ITech Specialists work with faculty to re-imagine existing text-based assignments or create unique curricular projects for students that integrate digital skills and methods in pursuit of media scholarship and digital publishing.  Specialists will create and deliver in-class instruction to suit specific assignments or learning goals unique to the course. Depending on the complexity, Specialists may also coordinate additional support sessions outside of class, utilizing trained Student Media Consultants (SMC’s).

    IDL sessions are not just technology workshops. While often centered around a particular software or application, the sessions aim to dig deeper into the conceptual components of successful media scholarship.

    Do you have an idea you would like to discuss? Contact your ITech liaison!

    Examples or Modules to consider adopting:

    Multimedia narrative – a written script annotated in a video timeline by images audio and video.

    • Format 1: Research based, documentary -style
    • Format 2: Personal/reflective style

    Multimedia blog – a public publishing forum for text, image, audio and/or video

    Graphic Novel – understanding and creating narratives in graphic novel format

    Radio Journalism or Oral History – Audio only based research and publishing

    Recent IDeaL course project examples

    IDeaL courses for 2014 -15

    • CS 270: – script, storyboarding and video editing basics for compositing computer generated image into video and animations.
    • ENGL 364: – using InDesign for book/publication layout and printing.
    • THEA 305: – using Photoshop for costume design.
    • RLFR 101: – creating graphic novels with Comic Life.
    • ARTS 237: – 3D modeling with Rhino and 3D printing in the Makerspace
    • ENVI 302/303: – intro to GIS for planning
    • MUS 012: – appropriating media for creating mash-ups in Premiere

    IDeaL courses for 2013 -14

    • CHIN  404:  Chinese Cultural and Social Issues – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
    • ENGL 213: Radio, Radio – students engaged in broadcast journalism; recording & editing.
    • AMST 301: Theories & Methods in American Studies – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
    • MUS 111: Music Cultures of the World – Course blog site.
    • REL 104: Religious Conflict/Cooperation – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
    • AFR 323: Africana Graphic Novels – presenting research/narrative  in graphic novel format.

    IDeaL courses for 2012 – 13

    • AMST 301: Theories & Methods in American Studies – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
    • HIST 359: Presidential Leaders to 1860creating campaign commercials relevant to historical issues & candidates.
    • AFR 200: Introduction to Africana Studies – presenting research in graphic novel format.
    • MUS 138: Introduction to 20th Century Music – creating 60 minute radio broadcasts.
    • DANC 207: Anatomy for Movers – producing mini-documentary style videos.
    • AFR 323: Africana Graphic Novels  – presenting research in graphic novel format.
    • AFR 315: Blackness 2.0 – presenting research in graphic novel format.
    • ENGL 213: Radio, Radio – students engaged in broadcast journalism; recording & editing.
    • JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese – students re-voice dialogue to anime films; recording & editing.

    IDeaL courses for  2011-12

    • THEA 228: Self Production – using iPads and class blog site to research, write and produce a show.
    • AMST 310: Theories & Methods in American Studiescreating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
    • PSCI 337: Digital Political Theory – using Android tablets to collaborate and enhance discussion.
    • HIST 359: Presidential Leadership, 1776 to 1860creating campaign commercials relevant to historical issues & candidates.
    • AFR 316: Sacred Cinema – creating Multimedia Narrative(video) projects.
    • AFR 200: Introduction to Africana Studies – presenting research in graphic novel format.
    • DANC 207: Anatomy for Movers – producing mini-documentary style videos.
    • GERM 104: Intermediate German II – graphic novel production of written and spoken language.

    IDeaL courses for  2010-11

    • ENVI/ENGL 257: Imagining Contamination – students will use a blog to publish commentary, reflect on class topics and share research.
    • ENGL 127: Film Montage: students will dissect and reassemble footage from published films to explore the impact of editing on story telling.
    • GERM 101: Students will create graphic novels to practice written and spoken language.
    • DANC 207: Anatomy for Movers – students will have option of creating a mulitmedia narrative (video) as their final project/presentation
    • RUSS 252: Continuing Russian – students will use the multimedia narrative format to relate a personal story in Russian.