Learning from YouTube
Media Studies 135, Fall 2008
Monday and Friday, 12-1:10
Alexandra Juhasz, Fletcher 226, X74431
Office Hours: Mon 11-12 and Fri 9-10, or by email appointment
alexandra_juhasz@pitzer.edu; http://www.youtube.com/mediapraxisme
http://www.youtube.com/groups/lfyt08

Friday, September 5: Course Introduction (assign groups); technical workshop (2-3:30)

Monday, September 8, Friday 12, Monday 15: TOUR #1: EDUCATION

Monday 8: Critical Cyber-Culture Studies, Foreward and Intro
Watch Tour #1: http://www.youtube.com/mediapraxisme (before class)

Friday 12: Critical Cyber-Culture Studies, Part 1 (ch 1 and 2 required, exercises on
additional chapter)

Monday 15: Critical Cyber-Culture Studies, Part 2 (ch 7 and 15 required, exercises
on additional chapter)

Section Assignments: We will break into three groups for the assignments for Tours 1-6.
Group 1. Respond to, and embed into tour a video or comment (due Sept 8). 3 min max.
Groups 2/3. Keeping the theme of this section’s tour in mind, find or make a video that illustrates, responds to, or expands upon an optional reading, then add a comment to help cement the link (due Sept 12 for 2s or Sept 15 for 3s). 3 min max.

Make sure to record your assignments on your own YouTube site and the class site:

http://www.youtube.com/groups/lfyt08.

You’ll need my permission to join: mediapraxisme.

There are 6 total assignments. 2 responses to tours (one as a video, one as a comment), and 4 responses to optional reading. You will present them to the class on the day they are assigned. If you are absent, or don’t have them prepared, they will be marked down one degree of a letter grade per day until received. But, better late then never.

Friday19, Monday, September 22 and Friday 26: TOUR #2: ENTERTAINMENT

Friday 19: Critical Cyber-Culture Studies, Part 3 (ch 20 and 21 required)

Monday 22: Critical Cyber-Culture Studies, Part 4 (ch 24 and 25 required)

Friday 26: Watch Augmented Tour #2 (e-class): add a comment for extra credit

Section Assignments: 2. Respond to tour (26); 3/1 Respond to reading (19/22)

Monday, September 29 and Friday, October 3, Monday, October 6: TOUR #3: POPULARITY

Monday 29: Watch Tour #3 before class, Common Culture, 1

Friday October 3: Common Culture, 2-3

Monday 6: Common Culture, 4-6 (5 and 6 required)

Section Assignments: 3. Respond to tour (29); 1/2 Respond to reading (3/6)

Friday 10, Monday, October 13 and 17: TOUR #4: VERNACULAR

Friday 10: Convergence Culture, Introduction, Watch Tour #4

Monday 13: Convergence Culture, 1-3 (Chapter 1-2 required)

Friday 17: Convergence Culture, 4-6 (chapter 5-6 required)

Section Assignments: 1. Respond to tour (10), if you made a video last time, comment this time, and visa-versa; 2/3 Respond to reading (13/17)

FALL BREAK

October 24, 27 and 31: TOUR #5: OWNER/USER

Friday 24: Serious Leisure: 1, Watch Tour #5 (Video Art Conference, Pitzer)

Monday 27: Serious Leisure, 2-3

Friday 31: Serious Leisure: 4-5

Section Assignments: 2. Respond to tour (24), if you made a video last time, comment this time, and visa-versa; 3/1 Respond to reading (27/31)

November 3 and 7 and 10: TOUR #6: COMMUNITY/ARCHIVE
(Note: we will be conducting this section of the class using Socratube, a developing educational site that is allowing our Beta use. To be developed as a research project)

Monday 3: Mining the Home Movie, 1-13

Friday 7: Mining the Home Movie, Foreward and Introduction,
Watch Augmented Tour #6    Elearn! E-class on socratube.

Monday 10: Mining the Home Movie, 14-27

Section Assignments: 3. Respond to tour (3), if you made a video last time, comment this time, and visa-versa; 1/2 Respond to reading (7/10)

November 14, 21, 24: On-Line YouTube Research Presentations

Find and research a study of YouTube on-line. Summarize their findings and respond with a video. 4 min max.

Thanksgiving

December 1, 5, 8, 12: YourTours Due
Alone or in groups create yourtour, 15 mins max, on a YouTube topic of your choice.

Final: Respond to one group’s tour with a comment or video.

ORGANIZATIONAL STUFF

Reading and Viewing Assignments
There is a moderate reading and viewing load in this class. You should come to class having completed the reading due on that date, so that you can actively contribute to class discussion. There are five required books, four are available at the bookstore, and all of these can be found used, or in the library on reserve: Critical Cyber-Culture Studies, Silver, ed.; Convergence Culture, Henry Jenkins; Serious Leisure, Robert Stebbins; Mining the Home Movie, Ishizuka, ed. (Common Culture, Paul Willis, is out of print, try to get it used on-line, used. It is on reserve).

This is a class based on your participation on YouTube, thus I expect that all assignments are completed for presentation at the assigned class period.

Make sure to record your assignments on your own YouTube site and the class site:
http://www.youtube.com/groups/lfyt08. It’s simple: If I can’t find them, I will not grade them.

Tour/Reading Responses
6 total due, ungraded. If you complete 6=A. 5=B. 4=C. 3=D. 2=F.
Late assignments will move you down a notch (from A to A-, for example), per day.

On-Line Research Project
Alone, or in pairs, you are responsible for finding another on-line attempt to research, study,
or analyze YouTube. Summarize and respond to their findings as a video. 4 mins max.

YourTour
Make and present your own tour, alone or in groups, on a theme of your choice. 15 mins max.

Final and Participation

Respond to a classmates’ tour with a comment or a video.

Reponses, 30%
Research Project, 30%
Tour, 30%
Final and Participation, 10%

Make sure to record your assignments on your own YouTube site and the class site:
http://www.youtube.com/groups/lfyt08. It’s simple: If I can’t find them, I will not grade them.

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