Thanksgiving Week 11/22

November 25th, 2011

This week I lead discussion with Nicole and I thought that the readings we decided on using were really interesting. I never really though of copyright as such a complicated thing, all I personally ever used was “fair use”. I never knew that once you personally created something and put it down that it technically had copyright. I thought we did a pretty good job covering both of the chapters and having the class participate. I think we were also supposed to cover infographics during the discussion but for some reason it wasn’t posted and Monday night when we checked and saw that, we had to cut that part of our discussion out. We had an activity about infographics planned if we had time, but we went the entire time talking about copyright.

Documentary DONE!

November 19th, 2011

Well this week was a bit hectic to say the least. We had to finish out documentary and we were having tons of problems. First the clips we did film would not work on the iMacs in the Digital Media lab so we had to upload them to a PC and then when we worked with that computer it kept freezing. So we tried to save them on another computer and the files were corrupt. There were a few other problems but we were able to bypass them once we got the clips uploaded. As far as the work load, my main portions were researching for the Introduction to tutorials and the section about YouTube. I also wrote up what to say during those sections and did the voice over for the entire video as well as half of the citations. I used GarageBand on a Mac to make my audio clips. I really liked this project though, I just wish that there were legitimate people that we could have interviewed to make it seem more like a documentary. Overall I am pleased with what our group ended up with.

Documentary Week 1

November 11th, 2011

This week we really began working on our documentary. Our topic is the evolution of how to’s/tutorials from text to video, which we all really like. The only problems that we have run into though is that there aren’t very many sources on video tutorials and none of us really know an expert on this topic, thus we have been left to interview each other. I’m going to be completely honest, I’m a little worried about how much time we spend on focusing on the historical aspect of the how to and not focusing too too much on different things like cook books and YouTube. Hopefully we can get enough information from our journal articles on the tutorial system, but until then we have to keep searching. We started filming this week as well, and like I said before, we have been left to interview each other. I’m pretty sure we are going to us the Digital Media Lab so that we can use iMovie and I won’t blow up my old and decrepit MacBook. Well that’s all for now! Happy Veteran’s Day!

Preliminary Documentary Info

November 10th, 2011

Topic: The evolution tutorial/how to’s


List of Sources:

“The Tutorial System in College” by Andrew F. West

“The Tutorial System” by W.S. Rouverol,4670,TECYouTubeTutoring,00.html

Documentary: a history of the non-fiction film by: Erik Barnouw


Video/Audio Sources:

Right now we don’t have any video or audio sources like interviews or video clips, but that may change as we go along.


Preliminary Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. History of the tutorial system
  3. Books, Magazine, etc.
  4. Transition into internet Video tutorials
  5. Youtube emerges
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