Spring 2006 Course Schedule
English 5/678 Multimedia Theory and Production
This schedule is subject to change based on student needs


In-Class Activity

What's Due at the Beginning of Class

Week 1- Multimodality
TH 1/19

Discussion of course themes (including short writing)

Introductory activity

Week 2- Multimodality
T 1/24

Discuss reading & multimodality

Activity: Read and discuss Kairos "Prosumer" article


Read Kress & Van Leeuwen book:
“Introduction to Multimodality” and “Chapter 1: Discourse”
TH 1/26

Discuss readings

Activity: Look at Revisions curriculum and other pedagogical material for incorporating multiliteracies

Read on CD:
Cope & Kalantzis- “Multiliteracies: The Beginnings of an Idea”

New London Group- “A Pedogogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures”

Read on CD:
Cope & Kalantzis- “Designs for Social for Social Futures”

A short reflection on what arguments these articles have in common and how they address the concept of multimodality

Week 3- Multimodality and Sound
T 1/31

Activity: Acoustic Ecology Soundstudy

Read online:
Tagg- “Reading Sounds”

Read & Listen:
Choose three sites from listing at www.acousticecology.org/soundscapelinks.html

Write: 1-2 page reflection on what you found and listened to

TH 2/2

Activity: Look at available foley & FX sounds in Soundtrack Pro to create short audio narratives without words

Find an overview of the application and the basics of using it by clicking here.

Read online:
“The Art of Foley” available at

Week 4- Sound, Narrative, and Audio Production

T 2/7

Discuss Audio Narratives

Assign audio podcast project

Discuss audio recording options

Activity: Listen to sample podcasts

“This American Life”10/15 episode- “20 Acts in 60 Minutes”
11/25 episode- “New Beginnings: 10 Years of This American Life” OR 7/22 episode- “A Little Bit of Knowledge”- all available at www.thislife.org/pages/archives/archivemain.html#05

1-2 page reflection on the kinds of modal elements (sound effects, voiceover, music, background sound) you hear in these and how they contribute (or not) to the narrative(s) of the episodes

TH 2/9

Discuss Audio Stories

Demo of creating Podcast using Soundtrack Pro

Form project teams and begin brainstorming audio documentary project ideas

Listen to other documentary podcasts through iTunes for ideas:

Pick two stories (from different categories) at http://www.radiodiaries.org/

One story (you choose) from http://www.storycorps.net/listen/

Listen & read email comment:
“Street Dogs”

Read online:
“Podcasting with Soundtrack Pro” parts 1 & 2

Week 5- Audio Production

T 2/14

Design Center training


Read online Policy Guide for volunteer consultants for the Design Center

Read the online Training and Reference Support Manual for volunteer consultants for the Design Center

TH 2/16

Discuss reading

In-class audio editing

Read in Kress & Van Leeuwen book:
Chapter 3 “Production”

Read on CD:
Koppelman- “Bullets, Explosions, Music, People”

A short reflection on how the two readings relate (or don't) to the activities you are engaging in for your audio documentary project

Week 6- Adding Moving Images to the Mix
T 2/21


TH 2/23

Listen to draft audio projects

Peer feedback on projects

Discuss production obstacles and questions so far

Complete draft Audio Documentary Podcast projects

Week 7- Digital Video
T 2/28

Discussion with Media Production video specialists about lighting, taping practices

Read on CD:
“Chapter 1: Photography”
“Chapter 4: Editing” (pages 133-168 & 181-206 only)

TH 3/2

Video editing workshop on iMovie

Overview of additional features in Final Cut Pro

iMovie Tutorial:

Final Cut of Audio Documentary Podcast projects on CD

Written Production Reflection and Justification

Week 8- Digital Video
T 3/7

Tape & Chart presentation to be taped in class for pilot project



TH 3/9

Discuss readings

Watch opening & select scenes from Cold Mountain

Activity: Use video editing software with original footage from Tape & Chart session

Read on CD:
“Running on the Fault Line”
“Give Me a Reason Not To”
“Scenes I Can Cut”


Week 9- Animated Film and Interactivity
T 3/14

Discuss reading, narrative, & interactivity

Read/use “Letting Dylan Go” at http://extras.denverpost.com/multimedia/interactive

“Dear Robert Darling” at http://cball.usu.edu/mtu/works/dear_robert/index.html

The Mercury Menace at

Smuggling in Indian Country at

The Beat Experience (on CD)

Read on CD:
Manovich- “Chapter 1: What Is New Media?”

Selfe- “Students Who Teach Us”

“Chapter 2: Interactivity”
“Chapter 3: Interactive Storytelling”

TH 3/16

Class Cancelled- Instructor at workshop

Last Day to Withdraw with a W

Interactivity Scavenger Hunt- complete as directed at this page and email me your findings

Spring Break

M 3/20-F 3/24

Class Cancelled for Spring Break

Week 10- Interactivity and Multimodality in Flash
T 3/28

Directions for Interactive project

Flash demo & workshop part 1

Crash Course in Flash handout (courtesy of Matt)

Handout on Flash and Usability (courtesy of Matt)

Introduction to Flash and the interface

Read on CD:
“Chapter 1: A New Form of Storytelling”
“Chapter 2: What Flash Brings to Online Media”


TH 3/30

Flash demo & workshop part 2

Basic animation, tweening, symbols, and relation to the timeline

Planning Flash Project Handout (courtesy of Matt)

Creating and Using Graphic Elements part 2 (courtesy of Matt)

Flash Animation Handout part 3 (courtesy of Matt)

Directions for Final Course Paper

Read on CD:
“Lesson 1: Drawing Tools”
“Lesson 2: Animation”
“Lesson 4: Buttons”
“Lesson 5: Making Buttons Do Things”

Week 11- Flash and Interactivity
T 4/4

Flash demo & workshop part 3

Sample interactive narratives in Flash

Importing and working with assets

Creating slideshows


Bring in assets (images, text, sound) for project

Read in Miller Book:
“Chapter 1: Interactive Storytelling”
“Chapter 2: Backwater to Mainstream”
“Chapter 3: Moving Towards Convergence”

A short reflection piece on McAdams and Miller readings and what you learned/still want to know about Flash and how the application supports interactive storytelling possibilities

TH 4/6

Flash demo & workshop part 4

Adding complexity to slideshows


Read in Miller text:
Chapter 4: Interactivity and Its Effects”
“Chapter 5: Old Tools/New Tools”
“Chapter 7: Structure in Interactive Media”

Look at online:
Flash examples

Week 12- Multimedia Development
T 4/11

In-class workshop time for working with Flash and/or on interactive projects

One paragraph brainstorm about the subject of your final paper.

TH 4/13

Media Production Lab

Game lab students in session

Read in Miller text:
“Chapter 6: Characters, Dialogue, & Emotions”
“Chapter 8: Blending Entertainment with Other Goals”
“Chapter 9: Tackling Projects for Children”

Week 13- Video Games, Narrative, and Interactivity
T 4/18

Discuss readings

Look at/use/discuss Tom Clancy examples- book, film, video game

Read in First Person text:
Perlin- “Can there Be a Form between Game and Story?”

Zimmerman- “Narrative, Interactivity, Play, & Games”

Mountfort- “Interactive Fiction as Story…”

Pearce- “Towards a Game Theory of Game”

Short reflection on video games, narrative, and interactivity based on readings and/or your experience with this

TH 4/20

Discuss readings and in-class examples

Lab time for working on Interactive Projects

Read in First Person text:
Jenkins- “Game Design as Narrative Architecture”

Laurel- “Ludology”

Eskeinen- “Towards Computer Game Studies”

Aarseth- “Genre Trouble”

Walker- “How I Was Played by Online Caroline”

Bring all Interactive Project materials to class

Week 14- Game Structure and Games for Learning
T 4/25

Visit to Learning Game Lab in Knox Hall

Directions for Multimodal Video Game Analysis

Read on CD:
"Chapter 7: Simple Strategies that Don’t Work”
“Chapter 8: Environmental Strategies”

TH 4/27 In-class review/alpha test of Interactive Projects

Working draft of Interactive Project

Week 15- Reflection
T 5/2

Discuss Game Lab experience

Discuss readings

Read on CD:
Frasca- “Videogames of the Oppressed”

Gee- “Situated Learning”

Spector- “Ion Storm’s Deus Ex”

TH 5/7

In-class reflection memo

Lab Time for final projects

Exam Week 5/8-5/12
T 5/9

Meet to share final Interactive Projects on Tuesday, May 9th at 3:30.


All work must be handed in by 5pm on Thursday, May 11th