Introductory Post Prompt

Your first assignment is to set up the two accounts required for this course and post an introductory blog post to the collective course blog (NOT a personal blog) following the prompt below. This is due by Tuesday January 20th at 11pm.

I. Create accounts for WordPress and Twitter.

  • These can be accounts you already have, or you can create unique accounts just for this class.
  • You do not have to use your legal name for any of these accounts (and you are encouraged not to)

II. Email me your user name for WordPress (even if you have taken my courses before)

III. In your post

  1. List your username for Twitter

2. In 300 words (minimum) tell us:

  • what interests you about the class?
  • what do you hope to get out of it?
  • anything else you want us to know.

3. In the course of those 300 words, you are also expected to learn to use some basic wordpress features:

  • Hyperlink text to an external website (don’t just copy/paste a URL).
  • Embed (don’t link) a YouTube video.
  • Embed an image.

These must be integrated into the post, not simply placed at the end. Instructions for how to do each are on this page or you can easily search for advice online.

5. Properly cite the link, YouTube video, and image at the end of your post using APA style.

6. Change the category of your post to: intro post.

IV.  Post a link to your post on Twitter using the course hashtag.

V. Post your favorite TV show to the course hashtag (or why you do not watch TV)

All of these are things you are required to do during the course of the semester, so learn them now and practice in a low stakes assignment.

You will only receive full credit for this assignment if you complete all requirements. This is worth 2% of your final grade.

Welcome Post

Welcome to the Spring 2015 course blog for Mobile Media–an undergraduate course in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University.

This Blog:

Many of your course assignments must be posted to this blog (not a personal blog). The goal is to create a collaborative space to continue your engagement with materials outside of class. Additionally, for each assignment you are required to comment on a classmate’s post (see the digital sphere/classroom contribution page for details on this assignment). These comments should be thoughtful considerations, and are the place where you can ask questions about your classmates’ posts, respond to questions they pose, link to other visual media, or evaluate what conversations your classmates’ posts enable.

You are required to embed links in  your blog posts to articles, definitions, and especially images, videos, and other web ephemera that are relevant to the assignment.

If you are new to using WordPress or blogging, don’t fear–we will discuss this assignment thoroughly on the first day of class, as well as go over what constitutes a good blog post.

See you all soon!