RTV 420 Weekly Outline                        

home image Back to home page         **   Outline subject to updates before start of spring semester **

NOTE:  Unlike previous classes you may have had with me, nothing will be added to the online course calendar during the semester, except links will be updated at the time as an assignment is due for work to begin.  That means your indication of what to study will only come from your own notes taken while doing the assigned reading and from notes you should take from what is covered in class, along with the textbook online support site. That also means you must pay attention to instructions in class. For questions regarding anything you miss in class, you must meet with the professor during regular office hours. LINKS indicated in the hard copy of this document below will be found in this online outline.
I will not respond to emails outside normal work hours. Never assume an email has been received. Most class-related communication must occur individually between the student and the instructor during scheduled office hours.

Email the instructor immediately if you encounter a dead link. Also try using a different browser.

Here's a chapter by chapter review -- make note of this: it may not be brought up again.

Week 1       (1/16-19)                 READING:  Chapter 1  -- see this week's assignment below

Tues:   Syllabus overview.   Course overview.   You must have the book and start reading now.  READING due by class time Tuesday:  Chapter 1.  Computer hardware skills and software basics.  See the Kindle option and you may be able to read Chapter 1 for free by getting a 'sample.'  See the VitalSource option -- either is about $30 for the semester.

TAKE NOTES IN EVERY CLASS.  Class content will guide you toward most of the content of exams. 

YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN COPY of the required textbook for the course.  On each exam, you must bring it with you, and your exam grade is zero if you don’t have either a hard copy or e-book.  PROJECT: Start with LinkedIn:  Create or update a LinkedIn account.  It must include a headshot or other appropriate identifying image and a bio.  Begin making connections in your field.

You must set up a flash drive *(or online, see below) containing a folder named YourLastName RTV 420 S18.  The flash drive must be named YourName and must have your initials on its exterior. It must be submitted in an approved box. Bring it to every class. Create a subfolder inside that main folder called Assignments. Start with a Doc file that is named YourLastName 420 Assets List.  You will update this each time you add anything to your flash drive.  Assignment #1a:  Select a media-related field for which your portfolio will be created: make a Doc page making a statement of the two or three most likely media related jobs you imagine yourself applying for after graduation, ALSO email this to the instructor by 1/19. Assignment #1b:  Based on 1a, using only a Doc file create a Needs Analysis.  See the link for typical content of a Needs Analysis, which will be written up in paragraphs.  A Needs Analysis is about a page of 3-4 paragraphs describing what you perceive your online portfolio's needs to be and how what you're doing will address them.  No Name drives will not be graded.  Flash drive must be submitted in an approved box with your name on it.
*ALTERNATE OPTION: The same folder structure may be created online, such as in Google Drive.
Do a shared link of the main folder:  In Google Drive the shared link is done by highlighting the folder and clicking the '+person' icon to then click 'get shareable link.'  Be sure Anyone with the link can view above the link is selected.  If not done correctly, items due are marked not submitted when checked.  Due dates are the same.

Week 2   (1/22-26 )                    Reading:  Chapter 2         

Samples of online portfolios. A good, passing grade, web site must have good images and graphics.  What about this one
If you have just fill in the blanks on a template you have not created your own unique web site.
Dress it up examples: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 

Student Portfolios:  Student 1, Student 2, Student 3, Student 4, Student 5, Student 6
Every Student Should Have an Online Portfolio.   Most Useful Web Sites. Bad web sites

LSU Samples, Other Samples....
Amanda Lucier, Jeremy Pennycook, Chris Keith, Thushan Amarisiriwardena, Amy Vitale, Paula Goodman Koz,
Patrick Winfield, Lee Semel, Stephanie Ogburn (journalist), Michael Pollan, LSU Digital Portfolio examples

Needs Analysis due in Assignments folder by Monday.
Assignment #2:  Create a one-page résumé.  See Career Development for assistance.

Week 3    (1/29-2/2)      
       Reading:   Chapter 3   

Doc file created Résumé due in Assignments folder by Monday.  If you have not shared an online folder as described above you must submit a flash drive named and structured as describe above.  Submit in class Tuesday, or if no class it must be turned in to Dr. DeMars' mail box on Tuesday on PAC 101.
TUES. CLASS: Dr. DeMars is out sick Tuesday. See work due as listed above.

Assignment #3:  Come in this week for Adobe Audition training or certification.  Start planning for at least four different audio pieces of at least two different types that you record, to be used in your web site.  Those can be spot production pieces, narrations, sports play by play, audio explanations, etc.You must create and submit scripts into the appropriate folder before doing productions.
Assignment #4:  Make a ‘shot list’ that describes 10 or more still images you can create that would work well to represent you in your online portfolio.  Using a smart phone or camera, you will then create 10 or more images that would work well within your portfolio web site.  Shot list due in your Assignments folder before Thursday class time.  Start plans to get some of those shots.  Remember to keep updating your Assets List (see above)

Thursday class:  Issues of Chapter 3 as related to Online Portfolio.  Review of online portfolios as linked above.

Here's a chapter by chapter review -- make note of this: it may not be brought up again.

Week 4     (2/5-9)          
        Reading:  Chapter 4    

Assignment 4b:  Create a folder named Images, inside your main folder. By Wednesday, place at least 5 images in it you create that would be good for your web site. These must be based on the already required shot list. Name each file icon a 2-3 word title / slug that adequately describes it.    Best WordPress sites 1, Best WordPress 2

Assignment #5:  Come in this week for Video Camera training or certification. WATCH this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYHVgDb5n2o and take quiz.
Start compiling or creating video productions for your web site.  Submit scripts to the appropriate folder for each planned new production.  Create a Video folder an Audio folder, a Written Work & Articles folder and a Graphics folder inside
your RTV 420 S18 folder.  Start compiling the correct media into the appropriate folder. Any new media content you create must start with a script that goes into the same folder as its media content. Always name each file with proper descriptions of what they are.  Create WordPress account named YourLastNamePortfolio.

Thursday:       Test 1 Chapters 1-4 and class content so far.  Late arrivals lose points or miss the exam.  Bring unwrinkled green Scantron sheet and pencils.     

Week 5   
(2/12-16)                Reading:  Chapter 10-Photography           

Assignment #5:  Review your initial shot list and images. Compare your work to what the chapter says about photography. Add at least 5 more images by Friday. At least half of the 10 due by this week must put you in the ‘workplace environment’ in the media type your site is about.  Basics of BlueGriffon tutorial.

AS NOTED ABOVE:  go to wordpress.com and create
a WordPress account named YourLastNamePortfolio. (Like SmithPortfolio  .... or TSmithPortfolio.)  Start practicing with the dashboard and overall operations--before getting too far you can always change your theme.  Assigned WordPress theme must be established by Week 7.  With approval, you will choose from one of these: https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/free-portfolio-wordpress-themes/ 
OR choose from:  http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/best-free-wordpress-blog-themes/
Remember that your site must have at least five different pages and must not be 'template-looking.' 

MISSED TUES. CLASS? --> we covered basics of HTML and a bit about the WYSIWYG BlueGriffon CMS--get notes from someone in the class.  There is no class meeting Thursday-->Do the reading and use the chapter reviews--time to prepare for Exam 2 is starting now. PLUS: See the HTML tutorial links below, in this week and next.  Go through and use those to start HTML training.  There will be an HTML quiz based on these in class Tuesday 2/20.

Project Work -- (a) you must continue to create / collect assets, (b) you are going through the steps as described here to create your WordPress.com site -- including adding your assets.  REMEMBER--do not put any content into your site that you did not create.

The 'online' work for the class this week is to begin an overview of html using online html tutorials,  Start today with these: Thursday class:  The 'online' work for the class this week is to begin an overview of html using online html tutorials,  Start today with these:  HTML HomeHTML IntroductionHTML EditorsHTML BasicHTML Elements.  
HTML Attributes, HTML Headings, HTML Paragraphs, HTML Styles, HTML Formatting, HTML Quotations, HTML Comments.  See below and continue using the HTML tutorials.  Practice writing by using TextWrangler or Notepad++

There are 3 languages all web developers must learn: _______ to define the content of web pages, ______ to specify the layout of web pages and __________ to program the behavior of web pages.
Week 6   (2/19-23)                   Reading:  Chapter 5         

Continuing overview of HTML/CSS/Javascript.   Initial overview of BlueGriffon.  

There will be an HTML quiz in class Tuesday 2/20 over links above and those below within this week.

Continue html training.  Use the html tutorials:  HTML ColorsHTML linksHTML styles (CSS)HTML images, HTML tables   Continue html training.  Online html tutorials:   HTML lists, HTML blocks, HTML Classes, HTML JavaScript, HTML File Paths, HTML layouts, HTML headHTML forms and input, HTML Iframes.

MEDIA CONTENT TO BE IN YOUR WEB SITE:  (a) images you create, (b) graphics you create, (c) audio content you create or have created, (d) video content you create or have created, (e) short written materials including written media content, like newspaper articles, (f) slide shows, podcast content, social media content etc. as dictated by your multimedia experience.

Video Tutorials:
html5 and css3 for beginners tutorial, html5 and css3 for beginners 2, beginners tutorial 3,

Week 7   (2/26-3/2)                  Reading:  Chapter 8

Assigned WordPress theme must be established before Tuesday class time.  See initial directions above.
Choose from one of these: https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/free-portfolio-wordpress-themes/
OR http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/best-free-wordpress-blog-themes/
Remember that your site must have at least five different pages. 

Continute HTML:  HTML colors, HTML color names, HTML color valuesHTML Javascripts, HTML entities, HTML URL codes, HTML quick list, HTML summary
GO BACK TO THIS PAGE and look down the left column--do any of the tutorials not linked above.
HTML Quiz at start of class Thursday.

Week 8    (3/5-9)                       Reading:  Chapter 6

CONTINUE to create media content for your online portfolio; be sure to continue to update your Assets List.

Test 2  Thursday Chapters 5, 6, 8, 10, HTML and class content.  You may not take the test early.   

MID SEMESTER / Spring Break

Week 9:      (3/19-23)                 Reading:  Chapter 7 

You must come in for a scheduled review with the instructor of your work so far.  You must sign up for Adobe Photoshop basic training / review.

Week 10:     (3/26-30)               Reading:  Chapter 9   

Guidelines about Portfolio Presentations.  They're not 'ad-lib' --> Required Presentation Guidelines are here.  WordPress Dashboard and Web Site knowledge demonstrations at scheduled times.  No show or late = zero grade.  Canva, Bannerfans and other free tools; Adobe Photoshop.

Short film:  computer programming.  Python beginning tutorial.  Video tutorial on iOS12 year old app developer (he's now 18).  Thomas Suarez LinkedIn  
**  What does your online portfolio demonstrate that you're good at and people need you for? **
From the Computer Programming video
:  "Here we are, 2013.  We all depend on technology--to communicate, to bank, information...and none of us know how to read and write code." --Will.i.am

We're still thinking in terms of 'we are in media; we are content developers--but, how much of what's going on in computer programming should we be able to do? -- How do we make 'the next level' of media content, such as VR and AR?  USC VRMichio Kaku and Second Life - teleimmersion.  Birth of the CAVE (pocket cathedral)   Futurists article from 2013Ray Kurzweil commentary.         ** Second Life 'today' **

Week 11:           (4/2-6)               Reading:  Chapter 11

CONTINUE to create media content for your online portfolio; be sure to continue to update your Assets List.  Site scripts, text pieces due.  You must continue to add new assets on your own.

Copyright Issues:  What can and what can we NOT put into our production?  What is 'fair use'?  'public domain'?  'creative commons'?  How challenging are copyright issues? (Harry Fox Agency / see show credits).  Performance licensing, blanket license vs. needle drop, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Sound Exchange, synchronization license / master use license, criminal and civil issue, cease and desist vs. settlement vs. court ruling.  Keep these in mind as you create your content. 


Week 12:          (4/9-13)              Reading:  Chapter 12                    

Web site must have at least five pages.  Mock up / rough version of initial web site due by Friday.  Send URL via email to instructor and within a document file to save as an independent file inside your your RTV 420 S18 folder. 
Blue Griffon based project work—must bring project flash drive to Tuesday class.

'Interactive media' ideas:  Create YourOwn PodcastHow to Create a Podcast,
                                        Web Video Samples (see various clips on this page), Web Video Samples 2
                                        'Product videos' samples .

Test 3 Thursday:  Chapters 7, 9, 11, 12 and class notes. 

Week 13           (4/16-20)             Reading:  Chapter 13 and podcasting online link

Continue Blue Griffon work in class.

The Web Site folder must have:  (a)  the Final Draft Résumé and cover letter,   (b) an MS Word or Google Docs page with you site's URL  (c)  direct URL links to each page with a new audio file you created this semester for your site (and a note with the URL describing what the audio is) and (d)  direct URL links to each page with a new video file you created this semester for your site (and a note with the URL describing what each video is), PLUS INSIDE THE ASSETS FOLDER
(e) a folder named IMAGES -- - ones you shot this semester for your site (plus a sub-folder inside that folder that's named 'older images' and has pictures your took before this class,  (f) a folder of VIDEOS for all videos you created prior to this class to put into this web site, (g)  a separate folder of AUDIO for all audio files you created prior to this semester,   (h) a folder of GRAPHICS you have created to go into your web site, (i) a folder of TEXT that has all the body copy that exists in your web site, broken down as a separate paragraph for for each bit of information as it exists in various locations on your site.
Remember -- put all items correctly into the Assets folder and their subfolders.

Week 14           (4/23-27)             Reading:  Chapter 14 and online about app development  

Videos: How to Build and iPhone app.   App instead of web page...  See Como (formerly Conduit) and their CLM (Customer Loyalty Management)

Final web site due by class time Thursday.  -- use flash drives and BlueGriffon?

Final presentation outline due as email attachment to the instructor by 10 pm Sunday 4/29

Week 15          (4/30-5/4)          READING:  CHAPS. 13 & 14

Tuesday:  30-minute Chapters 13, 14, online reading, html and class notes.. 
Begin Final Portfolio presentations.   Five presentations chosen at random.

Thursday: Remaining Final Portfolio presentations, order
chosen at random. 

Finals Week   (5/7-11)

Comprehensive Final Exam, Tues. May 8, 1:15 pm.  Bring green Scantron and pencils.  Late arrivals lose points.