English Writing with Multimedia

develop the new literacy of the 21st century

This Class is Different

EWM Class is a blended learning environment. That means that students are engaged in both face-to-face interactions in the classroom and online interactivities on the internet. A lot of the activities involve problem solving and working in groups. Students also use WordPress.com to create electronic journals (ePorfolios) that are worth 20% of their mark. That means that they create blogs to display their work, interact with one another, and build knowledge in ways that many students have never experienced before.

In EWM Class, we function as a “community of learners.” Research has proven that “communities of learners” develop skills and strategies that empower the participants for a lifetime of knowledge building, success, and advancement. Students learn some really cool stuff in this class and begin to develop fluency in the wonderful worlds of “video production” and “media literacy.” In other words, they develop “a new literacy” and enjoy some major advantages in how they are able to think and communicate in this rapidly changing world.

Using Digital Literacy to Spread Great Ideas

In the first video below, Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig tells how today’s new digital literacy is changing the world. In the other 7 videos, some English Writing with Multimedia class students demonstrate this new literacy in their final video projects:

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Course Syllabus

English Writing with Multimedia FAQs

How do I know the Course Name-Code for my Multimedia Writing class? (UPDATED for SPRING 2016 SEMESTER)

Check the time and section details below:

  • Tuesdays 15:00 to 17:00 – EWM 15310
  • Wednesdays 11:00 to 13:00 -EWM 15311

These course name-codes are for the Fall 2016 semester and are up to date!  🙂

Please use the above course name-codes in all emails or text messages that you send to Gary B

Do I need any special equipment for this class?

 Yes, here is a list:

  1. a personal computer for working on tasks and projects at home. System requirements as shown below. NOTE: Desktop and laptop computers with keyboards and Windows OS are recommended for this course. Although tablet and similar mobile devices may be useful for certain tasks, they are not recommended for video editing with Windows Live Movie Maker; therefore, they are not recommended as the only “student computer” for this course
  2. reliable internet access for uploading large files and collaborating with peers
  3. a USB Flash Drive or Smartphone for transferring data files of text, videos, sounds, and images
  4. a set of headphones/earphones, camera, and some basic knowledge about computers, cameras, and the Internet
  5. ability to communicate effectively in English at an Intermediate or Advanced Level
  6. a desire to say something meaningful and a good sense of humor
What are the minimum system requirements for students' personal computers?

Computer System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Processor: 1 GHz or higher
  • Memory: 512 MB of RAM
  • Resolution: Minimum 1024 x 768
  • Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9 or higher, and Shader Model 2 or higher

English Writing with Multimedia Student Blogs

Fantastic student blogs from Fall 2015! (These will be replaced with new blogs during midterm of Spring 2016)

How Great Memes Evolve

The 'Love the Way You Lie' Playlist

Check out the following playlist.

The first video is the original content, as recorded by Eminem and Rihanna, then uploaded to YouTube on August 5, 2010. The following 4 videos are all parodies of that original and they are presented in chronological order. It is interesting to note that the first parody (by Barely Political) was uploaded on August 24 and depicts the original Eminem/Rihanna characters as very cute young children, while the Bart Baker parody was uploaded on September 9 and depicts the Rihanna character is a nasty old man who has supposedly undergone some sex-change procedures that didn’t work out so well. Was Baker’s decision to “go old” influenced in any way by Barely Political’s “young” approach? Only Baker himself knows the answer, but current research suggests that the probability is very high. 

As vividly demonstrated in his presentation (shown on the right) at the Library of Congress by Michael Wesch, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, YouTubers are very social beings who build upon one another’s creations and say things differently to one another and everyone else on the planet who cares to watch. The last two parodies in the playlist provide an excellent example of this. Both videos are based on that same 2010 Eminem/Rihanna piece and both videos were recently made in Korea.  유세윤 (Yoo Se Yoon) – 까똑 (KKA TTOK) MV (video #5) was produced by a popular Korean comedian who used some memorable imagery and themes from the original piece to poke fun at people who are hooked on Korea’s favorite free–and addictive–text messaging service called KaKao Talk. The fifth and final video in the playlist was created by students in an English Writing with Multimedia class as their final project.  They borrowed some music and ideas from the comedian’s video (which had already borrowed from Eminem and Rihanna) and remixed them with some excellent acting and camera work that was done right here on campus at HYU!

The Playlist:

Watching all five of the videos in rapid succession should give you a very strong sense of just how powerful–and important–this new “digital literacy” really is! For more examples of great parody and satire, check out The Blog.