EDUC 196: Media Makeover—Self-Presentation for the Digital Age

Instructor: Summer Hess                               Phone: (509) 359-4270
Office: Monroe 111                                        Email:
Office Hours: M 2-3 & F 10-11                     Classroom: Monroe 114

Facebook, Twitter, Email, Texts, and Blogs.  There are so many ways to communicate that it’s hard to keep track of how you present yourself online.  This course is designed to help you think critically about how you project your online identity and how you digitally communicate.  We will discuss digital etiquette, image management, and how to create audience-appropriate content for all your messages and networks.  Additionally, we will examine the influence of social media and digital communications on our lives and communities as well as consider our participation in the emergence of new media.

1.  Analyze issues surrounding social media and digital communication from various disciplines and points of view

2.  Think critically about personal identity and the role of social media and digital communication in the construction of identity

3.  Reflect about influence of the internet and social media in personal life and communities

·           Stay organized
·           Communicate with your instructor
·           Attend class and arrive on time
·           Share your ideas and observations online and in class
·           Listen while others are talking
·           Follow cell phone policy
·           Submit good work 

Cell Phone Policy

The class decided on a “Limited Cell Phone Policy.”  The rules are 1.  Don’t keep your cell phone out  2.  Don’t use your cell phone during a lecture  3. Don’t disrupt others with your cell phone.  Our goal is to ensure that cell phone use contributes to communication and group conversation.

Assignments & Evaluation

Attendance & classroom participation: 35% of final grade or (70 points). You cannot pass this class without good attendance because it is discussion-based and therefore requires active, in-class participation.  You are permitted one unexcused absence. Otherwise, you will lose __ points per unexcused absence.  An excused absence must cleared at least 24 hours prior to class or be accompanied by a doctor’s note.  Similarly, if you come to class and are not willing to contribute your voice to the discussion, points will be deducted.   More than four unexcused absences = automatic failure.

Online Participation: 25% of final grade (50 points).  You will be asked to take media inventories or comment on posted articles and videos.  Just like a written journal response, your comments and answers should be specific, demonstrate your thoughtfulness, and utilize correct spelling and punctuation.  The media log is part of your online participation grade.

Final Project 40% of final grade (80 points)  Part 1. Statement of Purpose.  Write a 500 word statement that defines your ideal virtual identity.  You may incorporate your reflections from your Media Log.  Submit your statement on Canvas. Rubric and detailed assignment sheet will be provided during Week 4.  Assignment due March 6. Part 2.  Makeover and Presentation.  You will either 1. Complete a “makeover” of one of your social media sites OR 2. Design a new social media site. The final product must be based on your Statement of Purpose.  During the last two days of class, you will give a ten minute presentation about your makeover, including your plan, design, and implementation.  Full instructions for this assignment will be distributed during Week 4 of the quarter.  Assignment due March 13th & 18th.

Additional Information

Support for students—The university is committed to providing support for students with disabilities.  If you are a student with physical, learning, emotional, or psychological challenges and need extra support, please contact Disability Support Services (DSS), Tawanka 124 (509) 359-4706
Equal Opportunity Statement—No personal shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of Eastern Washington University
Academic Integrity—Instructors and students of this course will abide by EWU’s Academic Integrity Policy.