Week 5: Feedback and Critique

Now that you’ve created a draft for your Graphic Design Project, this week you’ll get feedback and make revisions to improve your design. This is the final week of Unit 1 and Photoshop before we move to the next unit.

Feedback groups will be posted on Blackboard Announcements and sent via email today (9/16). Before you provide feedback to your group members, make sure to read this week’s chapter on Constructive Criticism & Feedback in Design to think about the best way to communicate your response to other students’ drafts. Giving useful feedback is one of the most important skills you’ll get to practice in this course.

Week 5 To-Do List

❑ Read the Week 5 reading listed on the course schedule
❑ Complete and submit the Graphic Design Project Feedback assignment by Tuesday
❑ Complete and submit the Final Graphic Design Project by Friday
❑ Earn your Unit 1 Participation Credit by attending your lab section, if you haven’t already (you must attend your lab session once per Unit, and be marked in attendance by your TA, in order to earn this).

Photoshop 1.0

For fun, here’s a video of Photoshop experts attempting to use Photoshop 1.0, which debuted 26 years ago in February 1990.

Week 2: Your First Blog Post and Copyright Law

Congratulations… you’ve officially made it through the first week of the semester. Now, it’s time to dive into Week 2! Hopefully everyone has submitted their WordPress Blog Assignment (if you haven’t submitted it yet, please be sure to do so as soon as possible, with Wednesday being the final day to submit for partial credit).

During this week, you’ll cement your topic, publish your first blog post, and learn about U.S. Copyright Law. Be sure to read the Topic Introduction Post Assignment early this week so you have some time to think about your topic before formally committing to it.

When it comes to copyright law, there’s lots of misinformation out there, and it’s important you’re aware of the details so you can create unique and exciting materials without infringing on someone else’s protected work. Under copyright law, original text, graphics, audio, video and all other elements that make up the original nature of the material are protected, and are property of the original owner unless specific permissions and protocol is in place. It’s very important that all assignments and materials used in this course follow copyright laws. If you have a question regarding these regulations throughout the semester, be sure to reach out to myself, or your TA, to make sure you don’t include any illegal material!

Good luck on this week’s assignments, and don’t forget to do the readings before you dive in…

Week 2 To-Do List

❑ Read about Blogging Best Practices and User-Centered Design
❑ Complete the Topic Introduction Post assignment
❑ Read about Copyright & Fair Use, then take the Copyright Quiz


Week 1: Welcome to COM210!

Welcome to COM210: Multimedia Content Creation! This can be a challenging course, but most students who leave plenty of time for assignments say that it’s a fun one. I’m your professor, and if you’d like to become better acquainted, please feel free to make an appointment to connect during office my hours, or learn more on the About page.

During Week 1, we get started right away with a lot of information and the first assignment.

A couple of things I want you to know about COM210:

1. This class is big. There are usually 300-500 students enrolled each semester, which would fill the largest lecture hall on campus. What this means is that you need to be your own best advocate, and ask for help when you need it.

2. This class is not easy. You should definitely ask for help if you’re struggling, but this course is designed to give you hands-on problem-solving experience, which means it takes time. If you block out that time in your schedule now, you’ll get much more from the course than if you try to rush before deadlines.

3. This class has been substantially revised. The overall structure and learning goals remain the same, but many details have changed. If you have taken this course before or heard about it from other students, be careful to go through this semester’s materials and avoid making assumptions.

Week 1 To-Do List

❑ Make sure you are receiving COM210 emails
❑ Read the course syllabus and take the Syllabus Quiz
❑ Review the Course Schedule
❑ Complete all readings and assignments listed for Week 1