As one of the core activities on the course you are expected to put together a presentation in the form of a podcast about two pieces of literature you have read on the course: one from the list of ‘readings for critique and analysis’ which is on the literature page, and one you have found yourself. You will discuss the readings with respect to one or more of the frameworks introduced in the course, whether this be the triadic model of informational relationships; the six frames of information literacy; hegemony and critical media studies; etc. This will form a part of your final course assessment but you are being asked to submit it earlier than the final deadline — see below.
Your podcast should be a maximum of 15 minutes long (shorter ones are fine, but I’ll tell you now it will probably prove more of a challenge to get the length down). You should present, and analyse, the arguments of two papers, as stated above. You can discuss them together, or separately.
Whether you want to include some kind of visual material is up to you; it should not be considered obligatory. There are various ways you might do this. If you have been inspired by the Prezicasts on this course you could aim to create one of them: it is not particularly difficult, and Marilena has a copy of guidelines to how this can be done (but note that it is not her responsibility to offer more than just guidance here – in other words, it’s up to you to put the Prezicast together). A simple handout, with images that you refer to at relevant points in the podcast, is quite acceptable too. Or you may have other ideas. You are recommended to watch Mike O’Donoghue’s “Spotlight on Podcasting” film for further guidance.
Podcasts will be uploaded here (further information about how to do that will be available in due course). See the course timetable for the deadline. As with all assessed work, if you need an extension, ask for it in advance with the relevant form; but please note that 4-week extensions are in this case rather unhelpful for everyone, so in this case can be offered for documented reasons only, and require a medical note. 1-week extensions are no problem however.
Remember, finally, that it will be better for each of you, both as presenters and listeners, if there is no duplication of effort, and each of you presents different papers. That way, everyone gets to learn about a wide range of literature and your grade is not affected by the fact you might be repeating information. I ask that, as a group, you co-ordinate the division of labour yourselves. Ultimately, remember that I think you should, one way or another, become familiar with all the literature suggested on the reading list, but a mixture of actually reading some it yourself and letting the presenters do the work with the rest is OK; but I suggest that you don’t just pick your papers randomly, as if with a pin & blindfold: think about your interests, look at the abstracts, discuss things with your colleagues and myself, and so on. This is a learning task; this is the way in which you all become more familiar with what others have said about Media & IL, how and whether the triadic model can be applied in analysis, and so on.
Remember also that I will give you no hints or recommendations about your second paper, the one that you must find that is not on the list. This is an information-seeking task that may also give you the chance to reflect on your IL skills, where you find things, how you judge relevance, etc.
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