I have to say that this class was unlike anything I have experienced in college- which is a good thing. Maybe the first quarter of the semester was a bit boring, given the amount and context of the required readings. I must say that I did not enjoy the readings all that much, simply because it felt like an extensive amount of work for a 100 level class. Also, in reflection, the last ¾ of semester made the first quarter seem that much more dull, because of how drastically the course changed. Perhaps I am complaining too much about the readings, which I admit were relative to the class, however, if you ask most students if they would rather read about the history of the mouse or essentially explore the dynamics of the internet on their own through different applications, I think that most would choose the latter. Having said that, I do think that some of the assigned articles should stay, just to give students a foundation of digital storytelling at the beginning of the course. I think that is what you were trying to achieve in the first place, however, the amount of time spent in that area should be shortened and the time for small projects should be expanded. Like you said, there is no concrete definition of digital storytelling, so why not spend more time creating our own definition?
I don’t know that I found any of our projects irrelevant or boring, and I hope that you will continue to use all of them because I feel that they brought a lot to the course. For me, the idea of digital identity became clear only because of these projects.
Audacity- I thought this was a great little project, and I liked the fact that we did it in class for two days in groups. That way, we could work out any technical problems and create a project with input from all group members. I would recommend this dynamic for future projects if possible, because I feel like this way we are getting the most out of our hour and fifteen minutes. Not to say that I didn’t enjoy when you lectured, but seeing as there was no test and no real need to take notes, I feel like that time could have been used doing more of these in class assignments.
Also, I thought the interviews were great, but I didn’t get to hear as many as I wanted to. Maybe we should have presented them in class?
Jing- I enjoyed this project as well, however, I think the majority of people had problems uploading this. I definitely recommend doing this again, but I would make sure that you do a clear tutorial in class of how to upload it.
HTML- Ok, I think this was a problem for everyone. Its not that I don’t think it was a good idea, but writing code is complicated and I just don’t feel that students were prepared to do this. I don’t want to say scrap it, but is it possible to make it a little easier?
The other little projects, flickr, prezi, finding digital stories- I though these were right in line with what this class was supposed to be about. I would say keep looking for more applications like these.
I am glad I chose to do a late night comedy blog for my digital story. I really enjoyed doing it, because I am so interested in it. If I had any recommendations, I would say to encourage students to do something that they are interested in, and to emphasize that this does not have to be traditional story, and that it is really not confined to any definition. It can be whatever that person wants.
Also, it would be helpful to include a tutorial about how to spice up the background of our blogs. I never understood how to personalize my theme and I would have definitely liked to. Maybe that should be an assignment for future classes.
In closing, I would say that this was a fun class and a rich experience. It was different because it allowed me to explore different applications in my own way. I enjoyed that freedom, and it was because of that freedom that I got so much out of this class.