Peer review for 12/1

Use this link to access the peer review form for the issue/cause assignment.

You will need to download the form and edit it on your computer.


Activity for 11/29

Before the end of class, provide me with a list that details the work that needs to be done on your site before the final submission along with a short paragraph describing your revision plan for completing those items.

The paragraph should specifically address 1) how each task will be accomplished and 2) when it will be completed.

For example:

  • I need add three more images to site to have 10 user-generated images.

… for my three images, I will take two photographs at the Mountainlair on Wednesday and crop them and add them to the site Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The third image will be a table listing X. I will create it and add it to the site before the peer review on Thursday.…

In-class assignment, 11/10

Following the instructions from the readings, create a content inventory for your site. Be sure to appropriately chunk your information. Your inventory should include:

  • Page title
  • Page template or type (i.e., default template, blog page, image gallery)
  • Outline of content
  • For groups only: Person responsible for the content

Once you have completed this inventory, draw a site structure diagram following one of the models in the reading that shows how your content will be related to each other.

Instructions for submitting Issue/Cause Website

You will submit your Issue/Cause Website (IC) by posting it to the portfolio page of your portfolio website.

Remember, your IC site should be a stand-alone site that is separate from your portfolio site. That is, it should have it’s own unique URL: The content of your IC site should not appear on your Portfolio site.

The link to your project on the portfolio page should consist of:

  1. A descriptive title (not “Issue/Cause Site” but “Morgantown Parking Resources”).
  2. A link to the IC Site (this link should be a text link not a plain URL). In most cases, the best method will be to make the title the link.
  3. A thumbnail image, appropriately sized for your layout, either of the analysis itself or representative of it (for some visual appeal).
  4. short summary of the analysis (so readers will know what they are clicking on).

See the example here, or come talk to me if you have questions about this process.

In-Class Assignment: Design evaluation for Portfolio websites

I would like you to write or type a brief evaluation of the design of your portfolio website. There are two main issues I want you to consider.

First, review your site for implementations of the design elements from BWH, namely:

  1. Headings
  2. Layout and design
    • Design principles
    • Typography
    • Page-Design
    • Visuals
  3. Lists

Identify instances of these design features, and note whether they are in your control or part of the site’s theme.

Second, review the list of design problems from WSINYE and then identify any instances of these problems on your site.

We will discuss your evaluations in class, and you will turn it in to me in a hard copy or via your course folder before the end of class.

Adding a new site to your WordPress account

For most of you, the easiest way to set up your Issue/Cause website will be to add a new site to your current WordPress accounts. See this link (scroll to the “Adding a New Site or Blog to an Existing Account” section) for instructions on setting up a new Wordpress site on your account.

Groups will likely want to set up a separate account (using an additional email address) so that all group members can access the site for editing. Please talk to me about this process if you have questions.

Instructions for submitting the Rough Cut of Video Remix

To submit the Rough Cut, one member of the group should upload a copy of the video in the .mp4 format to their course folder on Google Drive. The group can tell me whose folder has the video in class on Thursday.

Groups do not need to upload their rough cuts to a video sharing service, and group members do not need to update their portfolio pages until the final submission.

Links for 10/13: Storyboard peer review

We will use this form for the Storyboard peer review. After clicking on the link, select File > Save As to save a copy of the form in the Word format on your computer.

You will work on this project in your groups. Each group need only complete one form, but each group members’ name should be on the form so that I can give all of the participants credit for the project.

When you have finished filling out the form, print two copies—one for me (so I can give you credit for it) and one for your partner group.

Instructions for posting your Video Remix to your Portfolio website

Even though you are working in groups on this project, because you have individual personal websites each member of the group needs to post the video to the portfolio page on their own site. (NOTE: If I noted problems on that page at the time of your last submission, you should correct those problems prior to submitting this project.)

The entry on the portfolio page should consist of:

  1. An embedded video of the project (instructions for embedding YouTube videos). To add the embed code you will need to access the “HTML” view of the page, not the “Visual” one (see pp. 178–179  of WP for details on the HTML view).
  2. A descriptive title (not “Rheingold Article” but “Participatory Culture and Net Smarts”) and a short summary of the video’s content (so readers will know what they are clicking on).

To make your page seem a unified whole, you should work on making this entry visually similar to the entry for your multimodal analysis.


Affordances of video

The purpose of this post is to provide you with some examples of the affordances of audiovisual media that you can take advantage of in your videos. This list is not exhaustive, and we will discuss these further when you share your videos in class (and add any additional examples to the list).

Affordances of video

Video can compress time

You may find these techniques useful if you wish to illustrate a process visually that do so in a way that takes up a minimal amount of time in your video.

This recipe video compresses time by speeding up the video and cutting from one important step to the other:

Additionally, you can make a generally static set of content seem fast by quickly cutting between different images or scenes. Notice how the combination of short scenes and zooming speeds up the essentially dull practice of preparing for work in this video:

Video can focus attention

By moving the frame—what the camera is focused on—you can both focus your audience’s attention and make your videos more dynamic.

The videographer in this example combines pans across the images (in Imovie, this is called the “Ken Burns effect”) with wipe cuts, where the wipes simulate one image coming in and pushing the other out of view, rather than revealing the second image underneath the first. (See the example at ~0:53)

This movement gives the video more dynamism than your relatives vacation photos.

Simpsons clip: Patty and Selma's slideshow
image via: Frinkiac

Video can also focus attention by mixing different shots. Click through to the examples at the link below:

Camera Shots (Distance)

Notice how these videos move from wide establishing shots, which let you see the setting (city, baseball field), and then cut to medium shots and close ups to focus attention on the player.

If you want to film your own footage for the video, consider adopting this aspect of film grammar: Open with a brief establishing shot to orient the viewer or give context for the scene, then switch to medium and close shots to focus the viewer’s attention on important details and give the scene the visual detail that is lost in wide shots.

Video effects

There are a number of low-tech ways to achieve animation effects that you can use in your videos, including

Manipulating images:


Both of these examples do not require you to be an artist, but allow you to achieve animation effects in your videos.