Syllabus

DTC 355: Multimedia Authoring

Spring 2021

Section: 01 
Location: Zoom
Class Time: T 5:45pm-7:30pm (mandatory)
Workshop Time: TH 7:30pm-8:00pm (optional)
Instructor: Will Luers
Phone: 503-975-3254
Email: wluers@wsu.edu

Office Hours: M-TH 12-1pm on Zoom
Site: http://dtc-wsuv.org/wp/dtc355/
TA: Natalie Lusk (find her on Slack) will be available to help you in this class on Wednesdays at 1-2pm

NOTE: All matters associated with this course are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to students.

Course Rationale

DTC 355 Multimedia Authoring focuses on “writing for new computer-based media, multimedia authoring, and new rhetorics of information technology.” Students will learn how to hand-code web pages by designing, building and publishing four websites using HTML5 and CSS3. Students will also develop basic skills in interface and narrative design: typography, layout, color, imagery and media integration. This course is integral to the overall vision for the DTC program and so is aligned with the 10 Program Goals

COVID-19 Online Class Experience

It is my experience in teaching this class for over ten years, that some come to DTC 355 with very little web coding experience, while others will have had some coding and or digital design experience. While I would rather we meet in person, I have arranged to have our online class experience meet all your learning needs and goals no matter what background you have. My lectures tend to move very slowly in the beginning so everyone can keep up. The advantage of pre-recorded video lectures is that you can each pause, play, reverse or fast-forward to fit with your own speed as you follow along in building the projects.

We will meet weekly for a mostly mandatory (attendance taken) Zoom class for small-group assignments, workshops and general clarification about the posted lectures and schedule. Many students like time with me to work through particular coding problems, so I have made plenty of time for weekly zoom sessions (office hours) with me (or my TA if I am not available).  

Most of our communication (about due dates, updates to the site, posted lectures, questions from you) will happen on Slack and not through email. Please turn on notifications for our class Slack channel. 

The CMDC aims to achieve three main goals: to 1) provide students with knowledge and skills for developing their own knowledge-making, 2) facilitate exploration, and 3) prepare students for the field and the world beyond. As best professional practice and to achieve these goals, students are expected to be engaged with their CMDC classes via video and audio whenever possible. That said, the program understands that at certain times students may need to leave their screens to deal with any number of issues, including stress. We also ask that when in class students are not to be in motion—driving a car or walking for exercise. We ask you to pay attention and treat your classes as you would any class in “normal” times. Know that CMDC faculty teach because they want to make a positive difference in their students’ lives, so please know that they will approach any conversation about Zoom in that spirit.

 

Learning Goals

Required 
Course Activities University 
Learning Goals University 
Learning Objectives CMDC 
Goals & Objectives
1. Format and Design a Page (HTML5 and CSS3) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)Communication (ULG4) Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.

Goal 1:
Demonstrate competency with computers for designing, distributing, retrieving, and preserving digital works in various mediums for humane and effective human-computer interactions
3. Design and Build Responsive Website (flexible design typography, layout, hierarchy) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)Information Literacy (ULG2)Communication (ULG4)Depth, Breadth, and Integration of Learning (ULG7) Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

Determine the extent and type of information needed.

Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.By applying the concepts of the general and specialized studies to personal, academic, service learning, professional, and/or community activities.

Goal 5 :
Identify and explain key principles of information architecture, effectively manage knowledge for both information retrieval and archival purposes, and evaluate and choose appropriate information architecture and knowledge management strategies for a given situationGoal 7:
Recognize various forms of language processing and their implications for media authoring
4. Design and Build Narrative Website (narrative design, information architecture, hypermedia, applying dynamic behavior) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)Information Literacy (ULG2)Communication (ULG4)Depth, Breadth, and Integration of Learning (ULG7) Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

Determine the extent and type of information needed.

Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.By applying the concepts of the general and specialized studies to personal, academic, service learning, professional, and/or community activities.

Goal 5 :
Identify and explain key principles of information architecture, effectively manage knowledge for both information retrieval and archival purposes, and evaluate and choose appropriate information architecture and knowledge management strategies for a given situationGoal 7:
Recognize various forms of language processing and their implications for media authoring
4. Design and Build Portfolio Website (web design principles: typography, color, layout, imagery, information design) Critical and Creative Thinking (ULG1)Communication (ULG4) Combine and synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways.

Express concepts propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.

Goal 2:
Synthesize media forms for multimedia contextsGoal 3 Employ the principles of visual form for sophisticated image manipulation

Course Structure

  • Focus on the manual creation of web pages and other digital interfaces
  • Readings, discussion of concepts, and application of theory
  • Multiple assignments and projects
  • Conceptual and creative work with ideas explored in this course

Online tools 

  • Slack – download and sign-up with your wsu account. Once you are invited to the class channel you will see it in the sidebar.
  • Zoom – download and sign-up with your wsu account. 

Required Course Texts and other resources

Course Point-Earning Opportunities

  • Freecodecamp Tutorials (20%)
  • Mid-term one-on-one Zoom meeting (5%)
  • 2 Quizzes (2 x 5% = 10%)
  • 5 Mini-projects (5 X 2 %= 10%)
  • Blackbird  (10%)
  • Recipe  (10%)
  • Narrative (15%)
  • Portfolio (20%)

General Project Guidelines

  • All content and mark-up must be your own work; no WYSIWYG editors or templates
  • Websites should address usability, navigation, and design issues raised in this course
  • Websites should utilize attractive and effective design and layout in HTML and CSS
  • Content should be substantive and should be written by you
  • All images not created by you must be clearly labeled with ownership and copyright information
  • Websites should be checked thoroughly for errors. There is no excuse for sloppy writing and such mistakes will count against you.

Assessment and Final Grades

Both attendance and participation will be monitored and deficiencies in either/both will result in lower final grades. Participation means engaging in class on Slack and Zoom  for discussions, informal critiques and assignments.  

It is your responsibility to make sure I check your attendance if you arrive after the start of class. You will receive a mark of absence if you repeatedly arrive late to class, leave early without permission and/or take up valuable class time with activity unrelated to class (such checking mail, facebook or other homework).  Stay focused, share ideas, be awesome and you will get an excellent grade. It is that simple. Absent students remain responsible for all course matters during their absence(s). Opportunities to make up missed work may not be available.

Final grades are determined from the cumulative points earned, plus or minus any deductions or additions for attendance or participation. No curving, averaging, or other manipulations are utilized. No other assessment or extra credit opportunities are planned. Incompletes are not available. Final grades are based on the following scale:

A
A-
93-100
90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
F 0-69
   

Notice that the grade of “D” is not offered; reverts to “F.”

Submission of Late Work

All work must be submitted as and when required. Late work may not be accepted, or accepted with a substantial penalty. Email submissions of work or work submitted “under the door” or “in the mailbox” will not be accepted. No excuses, no exceptions.

Recording Sensitive Topics

In this class, students are encouraged to both express and evaluate multiple points of view. A key aspect of a college education is exposure to and engagement with the complexity of various issues. Therefore, it is important that we listen and respect one another. We do not have to come to consensus, but we do need to agree to honor the privacy and educational processes of our classmates. Because this class is virtual, that commitment includes digital privacy, meaning that students are not allowed to make, remix nor share or post course recordings, nor in any way capture, manipulate, or circulate the likeness of a classmate.

COVID-19 Policy

Students are expected to abide by all current COVID-19 related university policies and public health directives, which could include wearing a cloth face covering, physically distancing, self-attestations, and sanitizing common use spaces.  All current COVID-19 related university policies and public health directives are located at https://wsu.edu/covid-19/.  Students who do not comply with these directives may be required to leave the classroom; in egregious or repetitive cases, students may be referred to the Center for Community Standards for university disciplinary action.

WSU Academic Integrity Statement

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of higher education. As such, all members of the university community share responsibility for maintaining and promoting the principles of integrity in all activities, including academic integrity and honest scholarship. Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Students who violate WSU’s Academic Integrity Policy (identified in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 504-26-010(3) and -404) will receive fail the assignment, will not have the option to withdraw from the course pending an appeal, and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration as defined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 504-26-010(3). You need to read and understand all of the definitions of cheating: https://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=504-26-010. If you have any questions about what is and is not allowed in this course, you should ask course instructors before proceeding.  If you wish to appeal a faculty member’s decision relating to academic integrity, please use the form available at https://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-affairs/student-conduct. If you have any questions about the process on the Vancouver campus, please call Helen Gregory at 360-546-9573.

Class Attendance and Absences

COVID-19-Related Absences: Students are responsible for ensuring that they attend all class meetings and complete all in-class and out-of -class work as assigned by the instructor. Students are also responsible for communicating with the instructor should they need to be absent. During the fall semester it is likely that some students will be required to quarantine or will fall ill for an extended period. Many students will also have challenges related to access to technology and internet or quiet spaces to attend a remote class. Faculty should exercise understanding and generosity in responding to students’ requests to keep up with the coursework or make up missed work. It is the expectation of the Provost’s Office that instructors will reasonably accommodate students who are absent for an extended period. Regularly using Panopto or recording zoom sessions will assist students in keeping up with the course. “Reasonably accommodate” means coordinating with the student on scheduling examinations or other activities necessary for completing course requirements and includes offering different times for examinations or activities. Instructors may determine that the missed work and/or class time is so extensive that the student cannot make it up without taking an Incomplete grade. Students have one year to complete the work, unless a shorter interval is specified by the instructor. The Incomplete grade will administratively convert to an F grade after one year. There are no extensions beyond the one year.

Attendance Policy
The instructor is responsible for determining the attendance policy and for making decisions regarding the policy, including the consequence of missed classes, within guidelines established by the academic unit. The instructor is responsible for communicating the policy to the students, both in the classroom and on the course syllabus.

Administrative Drops for Non-Attendance
Students who have not attended class meetings (including lectures, laboratories, and other meetings) during the first week of the semester or according to a prorated schedule for shorter sessions may be dropped from the course by the department. Students enrolled in online classes may be dropped if they have not logged into the class during the first week. Students should not assume that they have been dropped without checking their class schedules.

Absences
Students should make all reasonable efforts to attend all class meetings. However, in the event a student is unable to attend a class, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor as soon as possible and make arrangements for any missed work. Missing class meetings may result in reducing the overall grade in the class.

University Sponsored Absences
Any student who is required to participate in university-sponsored activities such as field trips, musical performances, judging teams, intercollegiate athletic events, etc., should obtain an official Class Absence Request form from the faculty or staff member supervising the on- or off-campus activity. The form must contain specific information concerning the activity and date, be signed by the supervising faculty or staff member, and be submitted by the student at least one week in advance to the individual instructors of the student’s classes. It is recommended, but not required, that a student not be penalized for absence from class provided a properly signed Class Absence Request form has been filed with the instructor prior to the absence. These university-sponsored absences are subject to an instructor’s attendance policy and are not intended to imply additional acceptable absences. In all instances, it is the student’s responsibility to make up all work missed.

Military Service Members
Students who are members of the National Guard or a reserve branch of a military service are occasionally required to miss class for weekend drills, active duty, and related responsibilities. In such a case, instructors must not penalize students for the absences and should allow them to make-up the missed work. In each instance, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of the duty before the absence, provide appropriate documentation if requested and complete the missed work as soon as reasonably possible.

Accommodation for Absence Due to Religious Observances: Washington State University reasonably accommodates absences allowing for students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience or organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Reasonable accommodation requires the student to coordinate with the instructor on scheduling examinations or other activities necessary for course completion. Students requesting accommodation must provide written notification within the first two weeks of the beginning of the course and include specific dates for absences. Approved accommodations for absences will not adversely impact student grades. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. Students who feel they have been treated unfairly in terms of this accommodation may refer to Academic Regulation 104 – Academic Complaint Procedures. See also Rule 82. Instructors must reasonably accommodate students who, due to the observance of religious holidays, expect to be absent or endure a significant hardship during certain days of the course. “Reasonably accommodate” means coordinating with the student on scheduling examinations or other activities necessary for completion of the course and includes offering different times for examinations or activities.

*Any student seeking reasonable accommodations under this section must provide written notice to the instructor, within the first two weeks of the beginning of the course and include the specific dates for absences. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence.

•The instructor shall inform the student of the decision in writing within seven calendar days of the receipt of the request.

•Approved accommodations for absences will not adversely impact student grades.

•The university provides notice to students of this policy on the university’s web site and in course or program syllabi, including grievance procedures.

Any student who believes that she or he has not been appropriately accommodated under this policy may seek review of the decision by sending a written request to the chairperson of the department offering the course, as soon as possible and no later than seven days after learning of the instructor’s decision. After the chairperson’s decision, the student or the instructor may appeal to the dean’s office. Appeals to the dean’s office must be presented in writing within seven calendar days of the chair’s decision. The decision of the dean or associate dean shall be made within seven calendar days and is final. The University Ombudsman is available at any stage for advice or assistance in resolving requests for accommodation. Students should understand that fairness in the examination process is an important consideration in the educational process and that they do have a duty to cooperate in making alternate arrangements.

AWARE network

The AWARE Network is an online resource with a list of important resources as well as an Assistance and Referral From that can be completed by anyone on campus if they have concerns about a particular student.  The idea is to make it convenient and easy for the campus community to report a student situation of concern.   The online form and other resources are located at http://aware.vancouver.wsu.edu

Classroom Safety

Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight” (https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cirg/active-shooter-and-mass-casualty-incidents/run-hide-fight-video) response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able). Sign up for emergency alerts through your MyWSU account. For more information, visit the WSU safety portal (https://oem.wsu.edu/about-us/).
 

Safety and Emergency Notification

Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the classroom safety page https://provost.wsu.edu/classroom-safety/.

Emergency Closure/Adverse Weather Bus Information for WSU Vancouver Campus:

  • WSU Vancouver VanCoug ALERTS: www.vancouver.wsu.edu/alerts
  • Weather Closure Media Web Sites: http://www.oregonlive.com/
  • During adverse weather conditions when C-Tran is operating on snow routes, the WSU Vancouver campus will not be served as the snow route ends at 20th Ave.
    For more information on bus routes and C-Tran scheduling, please visit their website at:
    http://www.c-tran.com/

WSU Vancouver Home Page (Announcements and Alerts):

WSU Vancouver Police:

Emergencies:

Hostile Intruder:

  • Campus Lock Down – Exterior doors will lock
  • Apply “RUN-HIDE-FIGHT” personal safety protocol

If sheltered or hiding; silence electronics, turn out lights, stay away from windows, barricade or lock doors, make a plan to fight if necessary

Active Shooter Training links: https://oem.wsu.edu/emergency-procedures/active-shooter/

https://oem.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1081/2015/10/active-shooter-training-2016.mp4?_=1

  • WSU Vancouver VanCoug ALERTS: www.vancouver.wsu.edu/alerts 
  • Mass notification system: WSU Vancouver Home Page – myWSU (under the PROFILE Tab) to update info
 

Inclement Weather policy:

In the event that an adverse weather event (e.g., snow or ice) or natural hazard that poses a safety risk occurs, you should take personal safety into account when deciding whether you can travel safely to and from campus, taking local conditions into account. If campus remains open and your instructor decides to cancel the face-to-face meeting and substitute an alternative learning activity, you will be notified by your instructor via email or through Blackboard within a reasonable time after the decision to open or close campus has been made. Instructions regarding any alternative learning options or assignments will be communicated in a timely manner. If travel to campus is not possible due to adverse regional conditions, allowances to course attendance policy and scheduled assignments, including exams and quizzes, will be made. Students who attempt to gain advantage through abuse of this policy (e.g., by providing an instructor with false information) may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action. If a student encounters an issue with an instructor, the student should first talk with the instructor. If the issue cannot be resolved, the student should follow the steps for reporting violations as outlined on the student affairs website. Finally, in case of class cancellation campus-wide, please check local media, the WSU Vancouver web page (https://www.vancouver.wsu.edu) and/or https://www.flashalert.net/. Individual class cancellations may be made at the discretion of the instructor.
 

Service/Emotional Support Animals

Pets are not allowed on campus or inside buildings or classrooms. Trained service animals are allowed, but must be registered with the WSU Access Center, Classroom Building (VCLS) room 160, 360-546-9238.
 

Reasonable Accommodation

Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with documented disabilities or chronic medical conditions. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Access Center website to follow published procedures to request accommodations: https://studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/access-center. Students may also call or email the Access Center to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor; Phone: 360-546-9238; Email: van.access.center@wsu.edu. All disability related accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. If you have a disability and need accommodations, we recommend you begin the process as soon as possible. It is a university expectation that students with approved accommodations visit with instructors (via email or Zoom) within two weeks of requesting their accommodations to discuss logistics.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment

This policy expresses WSU’s commitment to maintaining an environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, or others having an association with the University.

Discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence) is prohibited at WSU (See WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment (Executive Policy 15) and WSU Standards of Conduct for Students).

If you feel you have experienced or have witnessed discriminatory conduct, you can contact the WSU Office of Civil Rights Compliance & Investigation (CRCI) and/or the WSU Title IX Coordinator at 509-335-8288 to discuss resources, including confidential resources, and reporting options. (Visit crci.wsu.edu for more information).

Most WSU employees, including faculty, who have information regarding sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are required to report the information to CRCI or a designated Title IX Coordinator or Liaison. Visit https://crci.wsu.edu/reporting-requirements/ for more information.

Accommodation for Religious Observances or Activities

Washington State University reasonably accommodates absences allowing for students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience or organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Reasonable accommodation requires the student to coordinate with the instructor on scheduling examinations or other activities necessary for course completion. Students requesting accommodation must provide written notification within the first two weeks of the beginning of the course and include specific dates for absences. Approved accommodations for absences will not adversely impact student grades. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. Students who feel they have been treated unfairly in terms of this accommodation may refer to Academic Regulation 104 – Academic Complaint Procedures.

 

Cougar Food Pantry

We know that it can be hard to make ends meet when you’re paying for college and living on a tight budget. If you are struggling to feed yourself or your family, the Cougar Food Pantry can help. The pantry provides free, nonperishable food items for WSU Vancouver students in need. The process is simple, anonymous and judgement-free. Learn more and request food at https://vancouver.wsu.edu/fooddrive or stop by the Cougar Center in the Student Services Center. Help your fellow Coug; refer a friend in need!

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