Friday, January 6, 2012

Digital Literacy & Me: Assignment 1

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Objective & Procedure

  1. This assignment asks you to assess your overall literate practices and to present them in a podcast format. It’s designed to help you think critically about all aspects of literacy, and also to help you explore your experiences in an autobiographical genre
  2. How do you collaborate and build communities on the web? How have you done so in the past? How will you do so in the future? What aspects of your identity are available online? When did you first make a web page or blog? How has the web, and participation on online communities like Facebook, Blogger, or Twitter, shaped your life so far? 
  3. Assemble a collection of information related to your (trans)literacy life – images, links, video and any other forms of media and writing you’d like.
  4. Craft a narrative which explains and discusses your literacy autobiography experiences using the web and online applications (like Facebook, Twitter, Delicious) from the first time you can remember to today.
  5. Create a small podcast of at least three during which you present your literacy narrative in a way that takes advantage of the web as a medium. 
  6. Record and publish your podcast on and then embed your podcast along with any other information (see step 3) to the class blog. 
  7. Title your blog post: Digital Literacy & Me, tag your post with “assignment 1, your name” (NOTE: do note include quotation marks in the tags).
  8. Include a brief 1-2 paragraph reflection on creating your podcast.
  1. Introduction effectively draws the listener in. Provides relevant information and establishes a clear purpose engaging the listener immediately.  You note who is speaking, the date the podcast was produced, and where the speaker is located. (15)
  2. How well you create a narrative which presents your experiences using the web, discuss your involvement in online spaces and incorporate answers to the questions noted in steps 2 and 4. (30 points)
  3. How well you incorporate different types of media (sound, video, photos) and links to outside sources into your narrative. Do the images and other modes support your digital literacy experiences?  How well does the music add to the mood of the narrative? (25 points)
  4. How creative you are in presenting your material in ways which take advantage of the podcast medium ( i.e. how usable and accessible to your readers is your podcast = voice, clarity, pacing, creativity and grammar). (20 points)

 DUE WEDNESDAY 17:00 Jan. 25 2012


  1. Hi Jess: I hate to start my contributions with an administrative question, but here goes - on Moodle, due date for Assign #1 is Jan 25. Here it's end of first week. Could you please clarify which it is?
    Also, I'm getting a "coming soon" message when I visit - am I just out in left field, or is the site down right now?
    And one last question - which is better for asking this kind of question: Moodle or the blog?
    Please let me know when you have a chance.

  2. Admin questions are fine! That TBC was the caveat: yes, the moodle is the precise info, the assignment is due on the 25th.

    Thanks for checking!

    And Odeo has now gone...sadly! I recommend audioboo.