Spring 2011 @ MSU

03 May 11 Semester Wrap-Up: 4 May 2011

Please do the following by 10am tomorrow:

  • Submit revised papers (if you have them) to the “REVISIONS” folder in GDocs.
  • Deliver Project #4 to me in whatever format is appropriate (i.e. send me a link to it, attach it to an email, whatever);
  • Upload Project #5 to YouTube and email the link to me;
  • Submit your reflections for Project #4 and Project #5 to the appropriate folders in GDocs.

25 Apr 11 Misc. Monday, Week 16


Everything–EVERYTHING–that you have completed in class up to this point will be graded and returned to you this Wednesday, April 27.


You may revise two projects and turn them in at the final exam day for a possible increase of a full letter grade. You do not have to conference with me, but you are welcome to. I will pass around a conference sign-up sheet on Wednesday. Conferences can be either face to face or online, your preference.

Project #4

The due date for Project #4 will now be Wednesday, May 4. That’s the day of our final. You may of course turn it in early if you would like to. The reflection for this project is also due the day of the final.

Project #5

The rough cut for Project #5 is due this Wednesday in class. That means that you need to bring some actual video of what you have so far, in a format that we can all see. You should bring your rough cut (rendered as a playable file) on an external hard drive, or upload a rough cut to YouTube, Vimeo, or some other video sharing site

WARNING: Movie making programs do not automatically create files that are ready to share. You have to export them to a file format that is readable on the web. Your movie making program should have a command to do this; if you can’t find it, check a tutorial online.

.mswmm, .imovieproj, .imovieproject, .rcproject, .wmmp

.mov, .avi, .wmv

Project #5 in its final, finished, uploaded-to-Youtube form is due the day of the final, as is the Project #5 reflection.



20 Apr 11 Wednesday Wrap-Up, Week 15

Today is very hands-on, so no PowerPoint necessary.


You may revise Projects #2 and #3 by the date of the final exam.

You do not have to meet with me, but I encourage you to do so. You can meet with me in person, or via Skype or IM. (I won’t give you email comments. We have to have a synchronous chat.)

Useful Links for Making Videos:

Tech Help:

Getting Started with Windows Movie Maker – It is what it says. A resource direct from Microsoft.

Apple iMovie Support – Direct from Apple, lots of links to help you get started with iMovie.

How to Upload a Video to YouTube – You’ll need to do this when your project is finished!

Video Resources: – A great place to learn more about copyright and to find media you can remix and share – Public domain video, audio, images, and other interesting/weird/cool stuff

Wikimedia Commons – More public domain goodies

Being Smart:

18 Apr 11 Misc. Monday, Week 15: The Quick and Dirty Guide to Creative Commons

Think about what you’ll need to make Project #5. You’ll probably be shooting some video footage yourself.

But is that all the footage you’ll need, or will your video need more resources? Some other video clips? Some images? What do you have in mind to use? What do you plan to create?

Have you thought about issues of legality? Of copyright? Those issues will be pressing against what you do when you compose.

Let’s look at the history of copyright in the Western world. Lawyer and professor Russell Rains gives a short history in the video below.

In the digital age, questions about intellectual property become extremely complicated. One thing that protects creators (like you) is the concept of Fair Use. Rocketboom’s Know Your Meme website offers a characteristically pithy explanation of Fair Use:

Lawrence Lessig believes that copyright stifles creativity. Watch his TED talk below.

Lessig is the mastermind behind the Creative Commons project. Identifying the Creative Commons logo on a particular creative work tells you that the creator made their work available for sharing and remixing.

If you skillfully use, you can search sites like Flickr,, Jamendo, and the Wikimedia Commons to find CC-licensed works you can use in your projects.

You can use the Creative Commons FAQ to find answers to common questions, such as how to properly attribute a CC-licensed work.

There’s also a thing called the public domain. Works are in the public domain when they are not governed by any intellectual property rights at all. Works can pass into the public domain when those rights expire/are forfeited.

When a work is in the public domain, it is available for use to the general public and needs no attribution. However, you should always double-check before using a work you believe to be in the public domain.


15 Apr 11 Fun Stuff Friday, Week 14: Writing for Real

I’m not an undergraduate student, so I can’t make any great authoritative statements on what/how/when/where undergrads read anymore. That’s for you to analyze and evaluate. Once you’ve done critical analysis and evaluation, you can begin to make good choices about writing for that purpose, context, and audience.

Here are some resources that may help you.

13 Apr 11 Wednesday Wrap-Up: Week 14

We all got pretty silly with the Rubric Creation: Project #4 activity…so I’ll be using the input I got near the end of class to create a rubric. Stay tuned.

Project #4 Proposal Template is below (and also on the Project #4 page):