LEAP 5: Collaborate & Create

Working collaboratively with a partner, create a 2–5 minute video that enables you to creatively express some important ideas related to the themes and issues explored in this class.

DUE: Sunday, April 10 at 9 PM

POINTS: 200 (20% of class grade)

Your Content, Purpose and Audience: This is your opportunity to deepen your expertise on a topic we have studied in this class that is especially interesting to you. You may choose to inform, persuade and/or entertain on any topic that is directly connected to the course content. You can use any genre or style appropriate for the intended target audience of college-educated adults with an interest in digital and media literacy.

What’s So Special about the Power of Two? The “power of two” is a stimulant that accelerates creativity! Reach out to a class member to find a partner. When you find your partner, put your names and topic on this Google Doc

Suggested Creative Production Process

  1. Find a partner. Watch this video to find a partner and learn some strategies for success.
  2. Talk together to discover ideas from the course that you might want to learn more about . You and your partner should discuss key ideas from the course experience and consider how you could explore these ideas more deeply through a creative production activity. Review the topics that have been “claimed” by partners before you begin — do not duplicate a topic.
  3. Develop an approach to collaboration that works for you. You may want to create a shared Google Doc for your script and use that document to make a list of all the tasks to be completed. Take initiative and use “divide and conquer” so that each partner contributes actively to the work that needs to be done. Document the work that you perform so that you can reflect on your choices and strategy at the end.
  4. Picking a Topic: For this project, it’s generally better to focus in detail on a couple of very specific ideas. If your topic is too general, it will be boring and not convey enough new information. Go deep into one particular concept to surprise and reveal new ideas to your audience. Perhaps you may choose to present paradoxes and controversies associated with the idea you select. Or you may tell a story that embodies a couple of big ideas from the course. Or you may choose to show how concepts and ideas connect to the world of 2022. Unleash your creativity! 😎 Pro-Tip: Struggling to find an idea? Review the Glossary at the back of the textbook for one or more concepts of interest that could be fun to explore in more detail.
  5. Gather more information about your topic of interest as you develop a clear focus for the content of your work. Be sure to build directly from the ideas presented in the textbook as your starting point. As you discuss these ideas, new ideas will emerge. To delight and surprise your audience, you will need to gather and use high quality sources to learn more about your topic. Use this assignment to develop your expertise on a topic of interest.
  6. Write a script that addresses a target audience of people who have graduated from college. Consider how to organize and structure the important ideas you want to convey. Be sure to use an attention-getting opening! You may choose to use story structure or other rhetorical devices to convey ideas. Imagine that your viewers want to learn something new while being informed and entertained. Be sure that your video has a thesis statement (or a moral) and is 2 -5 minutes in length. Your script should be about 300–750 spoken words.
  7. Use a video format of your choice. You can use any style or genre of moving image media, but consider the following options in your brainstorming:

Animation.

Live-action video.

Video montage or remix.

Screencasting.

8. Select a media production tool by experimenting to see which one is best for you. Some easy-to-use examples of digital media production platforms can be found on the Create to Learn website. If you are looking for a free digital tool that is perfect for beginners, try Adobe Creative Cloud Express. It makes video production easy — and fun!

9. Create your production. Select images and video clips to embed in your work. Use trial-and-error to solve problems and experience creative breakthroughs. This is the best way to develop your digital and media literacy competencies — learn by doing! But don’t wait until the 11th hour to create your production: it always takes more time that you expect!

10. Reflect on the creative production experience. Each member of the collaborative team composes an individual essay reflecting on the highlights and lowlights of the collaboration and the overall learning and creative media production experience. This short written reflection (500–750 words) provides a description of your experience of collaborating and creating media while working under deadline pressure.

Upload your video to YouTube. Then embed it on your Medium blog along with your reflective essay. Submit it for publication to the class blog. Then tweet a link using the #COM250 hashtag.

Criteria for Evaluation

Quality Content. You have composed a 2–5 minute video animation that applies some concepts, ideas or information from the course readings and videos to a topic of special interest. The opinions, information or ideas you showcase are novel and relevant to the target audience.

Quality Form. You have creatively used the power of video to communicate feelings and ideas through the imaginative use of symbols. Evidence of planning, collaboration and other dimensions of the “create to learn” process is evident in your completed work. The work is polished and professional.

Collaboration and Reflection. In creating your work, you have used “the power of two” to generate new insights and ideas, building upon the ideas you have encountered in the course. High quality verbal and visual content is evidence of effective collaboration. Your reflective writing about the delights and challenges of the creative and collaborative experience is authentic and personal.

😎 PRO-TIP: Take a look at some student examples to inspire you:

Algorithms in Entertainment by Brandon Haley and Andrew Komiega

Encoding and Decoding by Connery Cannon and Janae Shirinian

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