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Unformatted text preview: Course Description This required introduction to the Digital Cultures and Creativity program will ex- amine the history of creative digital expression from the invention of computers in the mid-20th century through the Web 2.0 landscape of today (and beyond). This is part one of a two-course sequence that will be completed by all DCC students during their first year. You will learn to use new media technologies, explore the cultural context in which they were first imagined, and explore examples of creative works that exploit the unique opportunities the digital medium offers. Historical and theoretical insights will be applied by actively considering issues of ethics, aesthetics, and community as they are manifest in the contemporary globalized cultures of the Web, including popular social networking sites such as YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter, virtual worlds such as Second Life, computer games, and online reference tools such as Wikipedia. This will be coupled with a practical introduction - also to be continued in the second semester - to developing new tools and applications for platforms such as PCs or phones or tablet computers. This team-taught course is therefore aggressively interdisciplinary, coupling hands-on experimentation with a curriculum designed to focus awareness on the historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts in which digital creativity happens. Readings will come from a number of sources, and be made available online either through the courses ELMS site or as links to documents on the web. Videos will also be posted or linked to, and count as part of the readings for the course. Your iPads will also function as an integral element of the course; they will act not only as a platform for the delivery of selected course content, a reference tool for you to use during discussion sections, and an artifact or example of digital design that we will refer to throughout the year but will also be used to create content for assignments via the camera and microphone they contain....
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course HDCC 105 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Maryland.
- Fall '11