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GRC 383: How to start
Welcome, Expectations, Procedures,
and some general class notes

To automatically receive new feeds and podcasts you can copy this link: http://cot.gbcnv.edu/~ed/class/grc383/grc383.xml to your RSS reader and/or your iTunes/mp3 software. If you prefer getting the new feeds and podcasts manually you can read these files directly as you are reading this one. Please note, iTunes is available free from Apple and can be used on your PC or Mac even if you do not have an iPod.


A. Welcome:

Hello, I'm Ed Nickel, your instructor, and I welcome you to GRC 383 Advanced Multimedia Design: Video & Audio. This is the first in a series of RSS feeds and podcasts that I plan to create for you to use this semester. The occasional podcasts will be about 5-15 minutes in length to help explain obscure concepts, add material not available in the text and, to cover frequently asked questions about the material being covered. You can copy this link: http://cot.gbcnv.edu/~ed/class/grc383/grc383.xml to your RSS reader and/or your mp3 player, or you can read these files directly as you are reading this one, or download the mp3 files which constitute the podcast from the class web site by clicking the rss feed icon, RSS icon, in your web browser interface from the class syllabus. In this podcast/feed I will cover a few general basics about the class but in the future I will concentrate on specific concepts relevant to particular lessons.

B. Expectations:

  • During this semester, we will cover much of the text, in addition you:
  • will need to complete the labs which are worth about 40% of your grade to familiarize yourself with using some of the more common multimedia editing concepts and tools;
  • will get 20% of your grade based on your discussion posts in Web Campus (To get full points you must post at least one original discussion and one response to other classmates' posts each week. Your posts should relate to some aspect of the material we are covering during each lesson or some related graphic communications issue. You are expected to use appropriate college level communications in your posts, including content, grammar, spelling, and respect for your readers.) ;
  • will need to complete the quizzes which are worth about 20% of your grade with each quiz covering only the material since the prior quiz and being objective with some true/false and some multiple choice questions;
  • will create a mutltimedia project which is worth about 20% of your grade;
  • should review the class syllabus for additional details about class processes, procedures, and other assignments.

You can get excellent ideas for posts about geographic information systems from the text, a number of websites, as well as many other sources. I have added links to some of these resources in the online syllabus and I will provide more via these RSS feeds as the semester progresses. Please feel free to email me via Web Campus with your questions, comments, or ideas about these podcasts and RSS feeds.

C: Web Campus Procedures:

This class is organized primarily through the "Learning Modules." When you click on the "Learning Modules" button on the left sidebar menu or from the front page for the class, you will see a list of the currently available lessons by week. Click on the week whose materials you wish to cover and you will get the first item for that week. In the case of week 1 you will start with this page. Generally, the lessons will follow the outline shown here, although not all will include every item.

General Weekly Lesson Structure
Step Item
1 Reading Assignments: before you go any further, read the assigned sections from the textbook and any handouts, otherwise the remaining material may not make sense.
2 Written Commentary: a text version of my comments and thoughts concerning each week's material which will often include links to additional material available on the web.
3 Audio Commentary: an mp3/podcast version of the written commentary above which you can download onto an iPod or other mp3 player to review at your convenience, however no web links are possible.

Discussion Section: here is where you post your thoughts and comments on the current lesson and related topics. I will often pose some possible discussion points in my commentaries for each lesson, however, you are also welcome to choose other relevant topics for your discussion posts. Three general categories to consider for your posts include: a question concerning the current lesson about which you want to learn more, a topic on which you disagree with either me or the author or, a related topic in which you have some expertise that you would like to contribute for class consideration. See the syllabus for more information on the discussions and their grading weight.

To give you the specific criteria I am looking for in your discussion posts, each student should at a minimum create an original discussion post and respond to at least one other comment post each week.

Furthermore, when grading these discussion posts I am looking for three things:

  • advanced college level writing skills, e.g. grammar, spelling, & clarity of thought;
  • relevance to the current lesson, either material from the text, my commentaries, or some other authoritative source; and
  • each student's understanding and insight into the topic of discussion, i.e. something more substantial than "That's a good point" or "I agree," such as, why its a good point or why you agree or disagree. As you can see from these criteria, I want each student's posts to add to our overall understanding of the material being discussed.
5 Assignments: during this class there will be a several assignments that allow you to get some hands on experience using multimedia software. You will need to use your own computer with at least the Adobe Premiere Elements 13 and other required (free, open source) software to complete these assignments. See the syllabus for more information on these assignments and their grading weight.


D: Lab Assignments How-to:

This semester you will see a big change in how this class works as first there is no textbook and second, in leiu of a text you will need to buy a copy of the Adobe Premiere Elements 13 which is available at a substantial student discount. So everyone should be able to complete all work on their own computers whether yours is a Mac or a Windows computer. This version of Premiere is not a professional version but is adeqaute for the purposes of this class.

This is all for now until the first lesson, when we will delve into the multimedia project management.

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