Sample ePortfolio Syllabus w/ Digital Tracks
- FWP Eportfolio Syllabus: Syllabus created in summer 2020 with work from Digital Literacy Mentors Peter Berge and Hailee Sattavara that includes detailed instructions and lesson plans for having students create eportfolios with either a visual or audio track.
Resources for Teaching Digital Literacy
- HATS from Purdue OWL: basic concepts about document design/website design
- Site Template Examples: https://templated.co/(Even though students aren’t building their own websites from scratch, it can be great to go through site templates like these to have discussions about visual rhetoric / design).
- Creating Color Themes: https://color.adobe.com/create#(Adobe’s site for choosing color schemes that have a consistent theme/pattern. Excellent introduction to color theory and visual design for students. Tell them they have to choose site colors and fonts based off this!).
- Pasting Word into HTML: Word to HTML converter (This will help preserve the formatting of a Word document when pasting into a web-platform, like student blogs).
- Identifying Web Colors: https://www.w3schools.com/colors/colors_picker.asp(This site will help students choose and recognize colors that they choose for their sites, giving them both the RGB and hex values of those colors).
- Creative Commons Search (Royalty Free Images)(An excellent repository of *royalty free* images for students to use in their sites and projects).
- Morguefile Free Images(Another great repository of *royalty free* images for students to use in their sites and projects).
- Beginning Photoshop Tricks(Tutorials for Photoshop basics).
- How to Retouch an Image(Tutorials for quickly editing a photo in Photoshop).
- Photoshop Tutorials(All of Adobe’s tutorials for Photoshop).
- https://viz.wtf/(A site that showcase terrible visual designs for graphics and webpages. Useful for showing students examples of bad visual design).
- Premiere Editing Basics(An excellent, easy tutorial that will get your students through the basics of importing clips and exporting a video with Premiere).
- Full Tutorial List(All of Adobe’s tutorials for using Premiere).
- Full tutorial list(All of Apple’s tutorials for using iMovie).
(Much of this courtesy of Dr. Amber Buck’s 512 Computers and Writing class):
- Audacity:https://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/(The world’s greatest, free, audio editing software).
- The LAME Plugin for Audacity: https://lame.buanzo.org/(This is a plugin for Audacity that allows students to export projects as .mp3 audio files).
- Audacity Video Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ClwSNm362E&feature=youtu.be
- Audacity Written Directions / Tutorial:https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorial_mixing_a_narration_with_background_music.html
- The 365 days project:http://www.wfmu.org/365/index.shtml. (This is a weird site that’s chuck full of weird music and sound effects, background noise, and pulled-from-life sounds that students can use, royalty free, in their audio creations).
- Podcasting With Students: https://plugsplaypedagogy.podigee.io/9-ep9-podcasting-with-students(This is an episode from Plugs, Play, Pedagogy that interrogates podcasting in the composition classroom, and gives a great overview of scholarship on this practice).
- Garage Band Tutorial:https://blog.udemy.com/garageband-tutorial-a-beginners-guide-to-garageband/
- Twine, a node-based storytelling platform: http://twinery.org/(Twine is an incredible, free, online software that allows students to quickly and easily build ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ style games using hyperlinked text. It can be used to create text-based video games, interactive website components, and even hyperlinked annotated bibliographies!).
- The Best Twine Tutorial Around: Adam Hammond’s (Amazing) Twine Tutorial(An amazing tutorial on Twine and how to use it).
- Twine Shortcuts: Twine “Cookbook” (shortcuts for styalistics)(The ‘cookbook’ for Twine if your students want to get fancy and learn the shortcuts for stylistic changes).
- Twine Hosting: http://philome.la/(This is a site that will host/publish student’s Twine games for free, giving them an independent link to distribute it with. Note: There’s some gray area about ‘publishing’ students projects this way, but my students have used it successfully in the past).
The annotated links for Website Resources, Image Editing, Video Editing, Audio Editing, and Game Design are courtesy of Peter Berge, summer 2019.