Week 3 – Critique and Revise

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.

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 3 To-Do List

❑ Read the Week 3 reading listed on the course schedule
❑ Complete the Unit 1 Quiz by Tuesday
❑ 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 if you haven’t already

Photoshop 1.0

For fun, here’s a video of Photoshop experts attempting to use Photoshop 1.0, which debuted 27 years ago in February 1990.

Week 2 – Starting Photoshop

Now that you’ve set up your course blog and selected a topic for your multimedia projects, we’re officially starting Unit 1! This week everyone will work through the same set of Photoshop tutorials to learn some tools and techniques, then next week you’ll be able to apply those skills to your own unique project.

Beginning this week, you will need access to Adobe Creative Cloud software. Students in Pullman can choose to use campus labs rather than purchasing the software (see the recently posted Open Lab Hours page), but all students who need or prefer to use their own computers will need to choose a software subscription. The options for this are explained on the Software & Technical Requirements chapter from Week 1, but it can be a bit confusing since Adobe offers numerous subscription options. I made this quick video to show you where to go for the two options that work well for this course:

Please note that Adobe has changed the order that the options appear on their website since I made this video, so make sure to read the text!

Everyone can also download a free 7-day trial of Photoshop, which gives you some additional time to figure out which subscription plan is best for you. Download each program from this Adobe Downloads page (which is also linked in the left menu on course website). Note that downloading Photoshop can take quite a while, especially depending on your internet speed or other installation issues with your computer. If you have any questions, please ask.

After trying out Photoshop tools and techniques for the tutorials assignment, it’s time to start the first multimedia project in this course: the Graphic Design Project. You have a lot of freedom in how you decide to create this project, but please read the instructions carefully to make sure your idea will fit all the requirements.

This project has multiple parts with different deadlines. The first portions, the Image Collection and Draft Graphic Design Project, are due on Friday. We’ll finish the rest of the project next week.

Students sometimes feel that they’re not creative or artistic enough to do this project well, but it is more about thinking of multiple ideas and evaluating how to clearly communicate a message visually. If you are worried about this, please start the project early and ask for help early on so we can talk through your ideas.

Week 2 To-Do List

❑ Download Photoshop if you plan to use it on your own computer
❑ Complete the Photoshop Tutorials assignment
❑ Go through the Week 2 readings listed on the Course Schedule
❑ Check the course blog for other new posts that may help you, such as tips for working in WordPress
❑ Complete and submit the Image Collection by Friday
❑ Complete and submit the Draft Graphic Design Project by Friday


Week 1 – Summer 2017

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 have not yet introduced yourself, please send me an email (found on the About page).

During Week 1, we get started right away with a lot of information and the first assignment. You can always find my contact information on the course About page.

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

1. Your are your own best advocate. Online courses take a lot of initiative. Because of that, be prepared to speak up when you need something and be in communication with me and your class members. There are not as many students as in the regular school year, but enough to keep me busy, so keep me updated!

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

Summer session starting soon…

Photo from Pixabay
Photo from Pixabay

This course website for COM210: Multimedia Content Creation is currently under construction in preparation for Summer 2017. Any students who need information about the spring semester may contact Prof. Lisa Waananen Jones at lisalynn@wsu.edu. Summer students will receive information from the instructor before the official start of classes on May 8.