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  Digital Media Literacy
  & Civic Engagement

      Fall 2017 • 12:30-1:45 T, TH • Tehama 108

 Week-by-Week Schedule

Week #1 Introduction; Media Trends Week #2 Media Trends / Technology's Impact
Week #3 Social Media / Social Movements Week #4Visions of Info & Technology
Week #5 Internet / World Wide Web Week #6Change & Communities
Week #7Exam #1 / Digital Divide Week #8Digital Divide / Legal & Ethical
Week #9 Copyright / Privacy Week #10 Exam #2 / Privacy
Week #11 Web Basics / Standards Week #12 Web Assignment / Basics
Week #13 Basics / Usability & Accessibility Week #14 Thanksgiving Break
Week #15 Readability & Navigation Week #16 Opportunities & Challenges

Web Résumé Examples / Web Rez Addresses

Please note: JOUR 255 fulfills GE Area E, "Learning for Life."
JOUR 255i fulfills GE Area E and one writing intensive course requirement.

Either will fulfill the core journalism major or minor requirement for JOUR 255,
but you must take a class with the suffix "i" for it to count as a writing intensive.

Week #1

Aug. 22 – Introduction to course

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Aug. 24 – Media Trends

Reading: BBLearn – "Introduction," Digital Literacy

Discussion: What kind of tech user are you? Pew Report: "Always on" Connectivity
                         Did You Know 2016
                         Twitter Whore (Meet Lisa Donovan); Smartphones are winning

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Week #2

Aug. 29 – Media Trends

Reading: Online – Media Use Findings (Read carefully – see any trends? This study is from 2006;
                                   do you think the findings are still relevant?)
                                   Mobile continues its takeover
                                   (What is mobile taking over? How does that impact legacy media, like print?
                                   What companies are dominating digital advertising? What's up with podcasts?)

Discussion: Who on earth made up Aug. 23?
                         10 Most Popular Apps; Google Trends
                         Average time spent on media devices; How much TV are Americans watching?
                         American time spent on mobile devices; Graph
                         Did You Know 2016

Assignment: Media log

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Aug. 31 – Technology's Impact on Journalism

Reading: Chapter 1, "The Evolution of Contemporary Media," Digital Literacy
                                        (Characteristics of legacy and digital media, shovelware, what do readers want?)
                   Online – Tech stress builds with proliferation of devices
                                   (What is "always on syndrome"? Pay particular attention to tips at end.)

Discussion: Waves of online journalism

Assignment: Media log

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Week #3

Sept. 5 – The Post-Information Age

Reading: Chapter 5, "We're Not Here," Digital Literacy
                                       (Post-Information Age, The Daily Me, Deceptive Effects of Digital Living)

Discussion: The Post-Information Age and artificial influence of social media
                         Social Media Revolution 2017

Assignment: Media log

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Sept. 7 – Social Media / Social Movements

Reading: Chapter 6, "Digital Identity," Digital Literacy (sock puppets, affinity rankings,
                                        social media shaming, echo chamber, ouroboros)
                   Chapter 9, "The Web At Its Best," Digital Literacy, pp. 103-107
                                       (Collective action versus connective action; Anonymous and hacktivism)

Discussion: Browser market shares 
                         Top sites; by age; by gender; by race and ethnicity; Social Media Checklist

Due today: Media log – MUST bring to class. Will not be accepted after 12:45 p.m.

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Week #4

Sept. 12 – Visions of Information & Technology

Reading: Chapter 2, "The Medium is the Mass-age," Digital Literacy
                                        ("the medium is the message"; hot & cool media; the concept of flow;
                                          reading online versus paper; "womb-to-tomb surveillance"; retribalization)

Discussion: Browser market shares 
                         Top sites; by age; by gender; by race and ethnicity; Social Media Checklist

                        
Statista on social networks
                         McLuhan:  The medium IS the message
                        Google Glass
                       
How to use Glass
                        
SNL Weekend Update with Randall Meeks trying out Google Glass
                        Spectacles

Watch this just for fun: Cyberstalking

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Sept. 14 – Visions of Information & Technology

Class is on BBLearn

Quiz will be open from 12:30 to 1; PowerPoint slides/lecture will be available from 1 to 3 p.m.

Reading: Chapter 13, "Can't Put the Genie Back in the Bottle," Digital Literacy
                                        (Focus on Benjamin Barber and the three scenarios)

For you to watch, just because: Can we autocorrect humanity?                

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Week #5

Sept. 19 – The Internet

Reading: Chapter 3, "The Internet as Infrastructure," Digital Literacy
                                        (TCP/IP; HTTP; browsers; search engines; cable vs. satellites; chokepoint;
                                          DNS; server farms)
                   Online – A greater threat to U.S. than terrorism
                                    Power, pollution and the Internet (read to "Bytes by the Billions")
                                    Earthquake risk has evolved

Discussion: Web Crash 2007 (Consider the source)
                         Russian ships near data cables
                         Alphabet's Project Loon; and Project Loon website

Optional related content to watch:  South Park, "Overlogging" (Season 12, Episode 6) 
                                                                 on Hulu, so you'll have to set up a free trial – watch to 6:33
                                                                 (be warned that some of the rest may be offensive...)

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Sept. 21 – The World Wide Web

Reading: Chapter 4, "The Web as a Collaborative Tool," Digital Literacy
                                        (Tim's dream; how he says we'll get there; walled gardens)
                    Online – Welcome to hell: Google vs. Apple and The slow death of the Web
                                    (What do media/technology companies want? Who are the key players
                                    in the contemporary media/technology landscape? Why?)

Discussion: Underwater cables and the internet
                         Alphabet's Project Loon; and Project Loon website
                         SNL Weekend Update with Randall Meeks trying out Google Glass
                         The Glass redesign
                         Why Glass failed
                         HoloLens; Spectacles

Resource: Exam #1 study guide – exam is Tuesday, Oct. 3, but you should start preparing now to make the most of the Thursday, Sept. 27, in-class study session.

Remember: Each of the three exams comprises 25% of your course grade.

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Week #6

Sept. 26 – Change and Communities

Reading: Chapter 7, "Rethinking Community," Digital Literacy
                                        (Identification; avatars; lurkers; physical vs. digital media consumption;
                                        when virtual and physical worlds collide)
                    Online –  The price of modern life  (Skim the article: What is RSI?)

Discussion: Node Pole

Resource: Exam #1 study guide

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Sept. 28 – Change & Communities; Exam #1 Prep

Reading: Amusing Ourselves to Death – Orwell versus Huxley

Discussion: HotSiteD

                         Finish discussion of change and communities; Vid 1; Vid 2
                         What's on the exam (You come with questions. All help answer.
                         USE the study guide to, um, well, guide you.)

Resource: Exam #1 study guide

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Week #7

Oct. 3 – Exam 1

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Oct. 5 – The Domestic Digital Divide

Reading: Chapter 8, "Digital Haves and Have nots," pp. 86-95, Digital Literacy
                                        (the gaps, the demographic divide, neo-Luddites, early adopters,
                                         utopian perspectives, technorealists)
                    Online – Japan's warp-speed ride to Internet future
                                        (why is Japan's internet faster than ours? influence of president)
                                    When it comes to Internet...
                                        (why is internet so much more expensive in U.S.?
                                         how is the internet like the railroad? ways to solve
                                         hyperreliance on corporate "ownership" of internet access)

                      If you get to it: Americans' Internet Access: 2010-2015 (first page –
                                                 do you see trends for age, education, income and location?)

Discussion: Media logs / guy with phone; Net neutrality explained
                         Google Fiber; California Internet usage; Internet Connection Speeds
                         WebPageTest; WebSiteOptimization

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Week #8

Oct. 10 – The Global Digital Divide

Reading: Chapter 8, "Digital Haves and Have-nots," pp. 95-98, Digital Literacy
                                      (Governments prioritzation of ICTs; why infrastructure doesn't develop evenly)
                    Online – Make a Choice (What is the choice?)
                                    China tries to clean up toxic legacy (just first page is required)
                                     ProPublica Launches Dark Web's First Major News Site
                                           (What is Tor? How does it benefit users?)

Discussion: Internet World Stats;  Top 20 ; Internet Connection Speeds
                         XO laptop, XO tablet
                         The Oatmeal Explains Net Neutrality

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Oct. 12 – Legal / Ethical Issues & Technology

Reading: Chapter 10, "This Space for Rent: Corporate Colonialism & Free Speech," Digital Literacy
                                       (Platform Service Providers; how digital is different in terms of common good;
                                        business models; Baby Duck Syndrome)

Discussion: Free speech and the Web
                         Changing relationships
                         SNL, Tech Talk, iPhone 5, 2012
                         Link to video on Vimeo

Assignment: Exam #2 study guide

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Week #9

Oct. 17 – Legal / Ethical Issues & Copyright

Reading: Chapter 12, "It's Not Yours: Privacy & Copyright," Digital Literacy
                                        (Individual privacy, aggregate disclosure, Right to Be Forgotten, sex-blog lawsuit,
                                         transparency reports, how copyright compromises free speech on the Web,                                          LiberalViewer's experience, Copyright 101)
                   Online – Making Media Literacy Great Again (Is fake news new? When should you put your
                                   "skeptical hat" on? Be sure to read "Back to School" section toward the end)

Discussion: Netflix not going to China
                         Facebook deletes popular site
                         What does Facebook consider hate speech?

Assignment: Exam #2 study guide

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Oct. 19 – Privacy; Exam #2 Prep

Reading: Online – It's a modern trade
                                    Google moved billions of dollars to Bermuda again
                                    What Facebook did to American Democracy (long, but interesting)
                                    Vault 7

Discussion: Apple owes $14.5 billion in back taxes; Twitter deleted data
                         How people get their "news" – Is Twitter wrong?
                         Privacy – An alternative to Google ; Ghostery; Online Censorship; The Circle;
                         Who collects what?
                         Class-directed Q&A on exam topics covered in exam #2 study guide.

What is the greatest threat to our freedom today?
"Our feeling that we're entitled to know anything we want
about anyone we want." – Dave Eggers

Assignment: Exam #2 study guide

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Week #10

Oct. 24 – Exam #2

Assignment: Exam #2 study guide

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Oct. 26 – Writing for the Web / Web Standards

Reading: Appendix 1, "The Web is More Than Digital Paper," Digital Literacy pp. 149-152
                   Online – Website reading: It (sometimes) does happen
                                   Mobile content is twice as difficult

Discussion: The Machine is Using Us
                         What's ahead: Web résumé assignment
                         Student Web Résumé Examples; Web Rez Addresses

Assignment, due by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31: Stake your space on the Web

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Week #11

Oct. 31 –Web Basics

Assignment, due TODAY: Stake your space on the Web

Reading: Online – Web résumé assignment, please read carefully
Appendix 5, "The Care & Reading of a URL," Digital Literacy, pp. 165-166

Discussion: Web résumé assignment; Web Rez AddressesStudent Web Résumé Examples
CSS Zen Garden

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Nov. 2– Web Basics

Reading: New York Magazine penalizes advertisers for data-hogging ads

Discussion: Web 1 walk-through; Student Web Résumé Examples; Web Rez Addresses

Assignment: Web 1   

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Week #12

Nov. 7 – Web Basics

Reading: Appendix 6, "File Management," Digital Literacy, pp. 167-169

Discussion: Cash reserves; Internet outage
Magic Leap; Web Rez AddressesStudent Web Résumé Examples
There are no new social networks
CSS Zen Garden

Assignment: Web 1 

Nov. 9 – Web Basics

Due today: Web 1 (Nothing to hand in; Susan will grade by looking at Web address list)

Discussion: Web addresses; Web 1 troubleshooting

Website Resources

Help! My photos aren't showing up on the Web!

Assignment: Get started on Web 2, keeping in mind guidelines of Web résumé assignment

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Week #13

Nov. 14 – Intro to Web Design; Usability & Accessibility

Reading: Online – Introduction to Web accessibility
(Note the hyperlinked subhead list at top right. Read "What is Web accessibility?" and "Why Web accessibility is important.")
Alt-text and search engine optimization
Lawsuit over Web accessibility for the blind (who got sued? why?)

Discussion: Section 508; Web rez addresses
Facebook, Twitter and the death of the link

Assignment: Keep working on Web 2, keeping in mind guidelines of Web résumé assignment

Website resources (How to choose colors, make a name header, create a tab icon, etc.)

Help! My photos aren't showing up on the Web!

Assignment: Web 2, keeping in mind guidelines of Web résumé assignment
Resource: Step-by-step instructions; grading sheet (.doc)

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Nov. 16 – Intro to Web Design; Usability & Accessibility

Discussion: Web 2 walk-through; Web 2 trouble shooting

Assignment: Web 2, keeping in mind guidelines of Web résumé assignment
Resource: Step-by-step instructions; grading sheet (.doc)

Website resources (How to choose colors, make a name header, create a tab icon, etc.)

Help! My photos aren't showing up on the Web!

Need a computer? Mac Lab (THMA 312) open hours: 6-9 p.m. MW, 2-5 F
(If you're working in the Mac Lab, you'll use Dreamweaver to edit your page, not KompoZer. FileZilla already is on all computers in the lab.)

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Week #14

Nov. 21 & 23– Thanks giving Break (campus closed)

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Week #15

Nov. 28 – In-Class Web Work Day

All Web 2 all the time. Come to class with questions and I'll help you. I highly recommend that you participate and help each other with Web 2.

Website resources (How to troubleshoot photo issues, choose colors, make a name header, create a tab icon, etc.)

Need a computer? Mac Lab (THMA 312) open hours: 6-9 p.m. MW, 2-5 F
(If you're working in the Mac Lab, you'll use Dreamweaver to edit your page, not KompoZer. FileZilla already is on all computers in the lab.)

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Nov. 30 –Readability & Navigation

Due today: Web 2
                       Resource: Web addresses (check out the sites!)

Discussion: Web Developer tools

Assignment: Web 3, keeping in mind guidelines of Web résumé assignment
Resources: Step-by-step instructions

Due TUESDAY: Completed Web résumé assignment.
                                         Be sure to take a look at the grading sheet (.doc)

Need a computer? Mac Lab (THMA 312) open hours: 6-9 p.m. MW, 2-5 F
(If you're working in the Mac Lab, you'll use Dreamweaver to edit your page, not KompoZer. FileZilla already is on all computers in the lab.)

Net neutrality explained (WSJ, February 2015)

 

The Internet is dying... repealing net neutrality hastens that death (NYT, 11/29/2017)

 

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Week #16

Dec. 5– In-Class Web Work Day

Bring your laptop to class and we'll be troubleshooting individual issues as you finalize your site.

Your Web rez is due by 1:45 p.m. today. Be sure to keep in mind guidelines of Web résumé assignment. PLEASE NOTE: You have one more Web site-related assignment due Thursday! See below...

Due today: Completed Web résumé assignment
                       Be sure to take a look at the grading sheet (.doc) – heck, even use it as a checklist.
                       Check out Web rez examples from previous students

Website resources (How to choose colors, make a name header, create a tab icon, etc.)

Assignment: Web site peer evaluations
                           Final exam study guide (.doc)  

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Dec. 7 – Opportunities & Challenges / Course wrap

Review readings: Final exam study guide (.docx); How net neutrality works

Due today: Web site peer evaluations

Discussion: Smartphones are winning
                         Short lecture (content will be on final) and final exam review
                         – Come with questions. This is YOUR study session.

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Final Exam

Tuesday, Dec. 12 – 2 to 3:50 p.m., THMA 108

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    Susan Wiesinger    Department of Journalism & Public Relations   California State University, Chico

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