The course has multiple learning objectives (LOs). The learning objectives cover different knowledge and skills necessary to access, download, and manipulate digital media legally; share digital media privately, with a group, or publicly; understand the principles that guide the creation of all digital media; and edit text, images, audio, music, and video purposefully.
LO1: Students will employ cloud-based computer services to archive, share, and publish digital media, and will learn to collaborate through online interactions.
LO2: Students will identify and select digital media that they can use for their own projects based on Copyright Law and the different types of Creative Commons licenses.
LO3: Students will identify different repositories for each type of media (text, raster images, vector images, sound effects, music, and video), and will apply searching strategies to find and download high quality files for their personal use.
LO4: Students will identify, download, and utilize open-source and proprietary software to manipulate purposefully raster images, vector images, sound effects, music, and video files.
LO5: Students will recognize the principles that govern all computer-based information and the common processes found in open-source and proprietary software for the transformation of all digital media. Students will practice selecting media; cutting, copying, and pasting media; transforming media via pre-made algorithms (often called "effects"); and integrating multiple media files through the use of layers and/or channels/tracks.
LO6: Students will demonstrate control over their digital media productions by clearly recognizing the use of project files versus the use of exported ("flattened") digital media files.