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COM 242 Digital Citizenship


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Course Description
Digital Citizenship introduces digital media production and distribution as a means of self-discovery, self-expression, and civic engagement. The course addresses three key issues: One: how do we define and know our identities given the dominant ways we express them today? Two: How, to what purpose, and with what responsibilities do we express our identities outward into public spheres? And three: how can we use media authoring skills to recognize, name and solve social problems? Through Internet research, social media, blogging, and image capture, manipulation and distribution, we will develop the skills necessary to go from casual users of various contemporary technologies to digital rhetoricians versed in active, engaged citizenship.

Course Objectives: 1. Critical Perspectives & Research
1) Define and explain key terminology and principles related to digital citizenship.
2) Relate past personal experiences and new class experiences to readings, screenings, and class lessons on digital citizenship.
3) Critically respond to theories about these topics through writing and discussion.
4) Diligently research topics of choice for digital projects.
5) Explain history and key issues relating to fake news, and establish credible research sources.
6) Explain key concepts relating to copyright and fair use, as well as ethics of documentary filmmaking.

Course Objectives: 2. Digital Skills
1) Define and explain key terminology and principles related to digital media production.
2) demonstrate foundational skills in digital imaging, web design, image editing, video shooting and editing, animation, social media content development, blogging, digital storytelling;
3) Demonstrate how the Internet works, including use of code, domains, and hosting;
2) Manage and store electronic files, use cloud servers, and utilize key productivity apps;
4) Properly optimize images and video in formats for online use.