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Three Day Immersive Course in Multimedia Composing


Three Day Immersive Course in Multimedia Composing at DePauw University
May 22nd-May 24th, 9-4.


  • Do you wish you knew how to create a multimedia piece of scholarship?
  • Do you wish you knew how to use the web to collect primary sources central to your work?
  • Do you wish you knew how to create a web presence that would advance your academic interests?
  • Do you wish you knew how to use the web to advance your own thinking and to expand your sense of intellectual community?

Professor Richard E. Miller will be coming to campus to offer an immersive course on multimedia composing this summer. This is not a traditional “how to” workshop, where attendees mutely listen to an endless list of instructions about keystroke combinations; it is an introduction into how to use the web to think new thoughts and how to use the web to share those thoughts with others in new ways.

Each day of the immersive will have three parts: an interactive lecture; time for hands-on work with some facet of on-line composing; and dedicated composing time. The overarching goal is to provide all participants with numerous opportunities to contend with multimedia composing as an historical force, as a set of practical skills, and as the primary technology all writers will use going forward. So, each day, we’ll talk and think; we’ll practice; and we’ll write. And, if all goes well, at the end of the three days, you’ll be on your way to thinking and writing with multimedia.

In the spirit of the times, Professor Miller offers these learning goals:

The overarching goal is to move novices past the initial threshold of feeling unequal to the challenges posed by the new media to the point of being able to work comfortably with a host of collaborative composing tools.

Specifically, by the end of the third day, workshop participants will have learned how to do the following:

1. Use diigo, the educator’s social bookmarking tool, for storing research and sharing marked up resources with others.

2. Use, the free online word processing platform, to compose collaboratively in real-time.

3. Use a browser-based screen grab program to capture still images.

4. Use a web-based image editor to manipulate still images.

5. Use presentation software (Keynote, Power Point, or Google Presentation) to make a dynamic, visually compelling presentation of research in process.

6. Use a browser-based video grabbing program to capture moving images.

7. Use a web-based image editor to edit captured video footage.

8. Integrate moving images and sound into slide show presentations.

9. Convert slide show presentations into video.

10. Upload video to YouTube.

Each participant will apply these skills to a self-generated project that centers either on current research or curricular innovation.

If interested, please contact Michael Sinowitz, for details about how to reserve one of the 15 available slots.

If you would like to see projects that have emerged out of other immersive workshops Professor Miller has led, you can visit and click on the “Student Gallery” to find examples of previous projects by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members.

If you have questions for Professor Miller, please contact him directly at

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