Final Course Reflection – INTE5340 and Plant-based diet Journey

Made it through the end of this course journey. It has been a long summer to say the least. The majority of the time I felt lost, frustrated, overwhelmed and unsure of myself, but it was a great experience overall. I can’t say that I absolutely got everything out of this course that I should have, but I can say that  I learned a great deal. I have participated in an online community of such creative and interesting people. DS106 is a great way to belong to a learning community and challenge ones-self and to have fun while being creative. Assignments are posted for anyone to complete and it is entirely up to you as to what assignments you choose to do. Open-source learning, sharing, supporting, and creating, what a great idea. I have tried different software products that I was interested in using, but never thought I would have a reason to do so. I started this blog, sharing my thoughts with the world not only on this course but also on how I feel about going vegan. More on that particular journey in a bit. This ever growing digital age has so much more to offer than I had ever thought. This digital-story class showed me that.  I didn’t learn because I was lectured at, I learned because I did. I experienced digital story-telling and started telling MY STORY.

As I have thought about this vegan journey and how I am presenting it to the world, both online and in person, I think I am going to refer toward my chosen diet as plant-based. I still have my passion for eating a vegan diet (plant-based diet), but there are some aspects of a true ‘vegan’ lifestyle that I’m not completely on board with. I am still very passionate about the treatment of animals, but I am also still very open-minded in that I KNOW, yes KNOW, that animals will continue to be eaten. I will continue to eat at establishments that also serve animal products, as I can almost always find something on the menu I can modify to eat, because that is the world we live in. Though my sister (also a newly plant-based diet eater) and I found out that some restaurants have animal products in practically every item on their menus. French fries that contain dairy?  Batter dipped fries do. I have found a few places that serve completely vegan meals and I enjoy going to them, but there are very few in this world of convenience. I will admit that I like being able to grab something to eat that I don’t have to cook, nor clean up after. I have been eating more at home since choosing to eat plant-based, healthier and I can know exactly what I put into my dishes, but sometimes you just want to enjoy the food and leave the mess to someone else.  I’m also still at the point where, I will eat say fries, that have been cooked in the same oil as chicken. As I continue on with this particular journey, that may and probably will change but for now I’m okay with it. I have not eaten any animal flesh since the beginning of May, which for a once hard-core meat-eater, this is almost astonishing. Unfortunately I have, usually after having already eaten something, I am made aware that I consumed dairy but once I know dairy is in something I won’t make the mistake of eating it again. This is not a choice to make lightly, it does require research, asking questions, reading labels, understanding ingredients and patience. I may fail, I have failed, but I won’t let a few occasions throw me off course. The small amount of Parmesan or whatever I have accidentally eaten, comes nowhere close to the amount I used to purposefully eat so this makes me happy. Not to mention, three months in and I have lost over 35lbs. Not really changing my exercise routines, just by changing the things I was choosing to eat. I’m kind of excited to have my annual blood work drawn, I know by the way I am feeling that my previous numbers are going to be put to shame.

I will address the following three topics for this final reflection as well:

  • Reflections of me as a learner in this course:
    This course was not structured like most of my previous graduate courses. This course introduced me to the world of digital story-telling and why it is important to us as a people. This course allowed me to learn and fail, as I explored the digital telling world with fresh eyes and an open mind. I embraced the ds106 community and enjoyed, well for the most part, the challenges the assignments provided. We each have a story to tell and this course helped me realize that. My minimal social learning practices included occasional visits to and posts on Facebook, online dating site user, some social media site account owner, though never used and a few other sites that are work related. I had such a small online footprint that, I’m not even sure it really was one. What I’m trying to say is that by participating in this course and choosing to learn from my experiences, I have started to build my online presence and share my story. As I continue on with my graduate program journey, I think I will always come back to this course and think about how I can learn by doing. As having finished half of the required courses, I know that there is a lot of ‘doing’ within this program, but I will remember to have fun as I am doing, so that I will learn. This was something that I came across on one of my fellow classmates assignment posts, fun doesn’t happen during learning, its that we learn buy having fun. I absolutely love this and think it is true. When we are doing something that interests us, enjoying it because we want to be doing it, we learn the most and what we learn will stick with us.  “Have fun and you will learn”
  • My co-design of this course:
    The course was different in that though guidance and some structure were provided, the bulk of my experience in this course was determined by me. I chose my focal them, I chose the assignments I completed in ds106, I chose the articles/digital stories to critique. Learning occurred on my own, but also as I actively participate in this course. We provided each other with areas of interest and shared our reasons for why we were sharing them. As our course went on, we had a collection of information and ideas to respond to and to experience. Some interested me more than others and that was perfectly acceptable. I may have even found an interest in something that had I not taken this course, I probably never would have known it interested me. I feel like having a personal link to things helped rally classmates support. We were people not just another student taking the course. We connected through our focal themes and comments. If I were to design this course, I probably wouldn’t change anything. Having assignments be interest and choice driven gives the student the connection to that assignment. They have a say in the why and the how it was completed, which added the element of fun. There were still assignments that had to be completed, so still very much a course but a course that was driven in 20 different ways.
  • My understanding of pedagogy:  I understand Remi’s course design to be one in which the students develop the course content, to some extent, and then learn from one another. His method of teaching is somewhat of a sink or swim kind of idea, though with his guidance and encouraged support from fellow classmates, the end result is that the class all swim by the end. Some, like me may be using floaties, but I’m still above water. Remi provided the requirement of a great textbook that truly fits with this course. This for me was a very good decision on his part. Though it was a lot to read and learn in the 8 weeks we had for this summer course, the L&K textbook helped guide us students with our critique selections and understanding of the overall concept of digital storytelling. As a person that works in higher education I understand the conventional need for structure and determined curriculum in courses, but after having completed this course with an unconventional pedagogy I think there needs to be more courses like this. If fun drives learning then students need to be able to explore to find those things that are fun for them. Structure a course with the parameters that need to be met, but if we want students to truly learn and to be excited about learning give them some control on how they do it. At one time in my life, I considered an instructor to be the person at the head of a classroom. Very simple. However as I have moved forward in my career, I have changed my definition on what I deem as an instructor. Can an instructor be at the head/front of a class? ABSOLUTELY! Does the instructor have to be there? Nope. My evolved definition of an instructor is someone or something that promotes learning. So this course hasn’t changed my understanding of “instructor”, it helped to solidify that my definition is more correct than I previously thought. The only bit of feedback that I can think to give would be to maybe define the assignments a bit more. I think as a collective group, we were unsure as to what types of stories we were to critique and what made something a selected scholarship.

ds106 – The Daily Create – July 29, 2015 – Cut out clothing card

Assignment: Make a drawing with a cut out for clothing. Take a photo of your  card and environment to complete the image. Need more challenge? Add more than one cut out. Want to see this skirt in different environments?

Bride high as a kite!

Bride high in the sky

Ok, so I didn’t draw this picture. I decided to take an image from a bridal gown collection and remove the skirt of the gown, to have that be my cut-out. I took a beautiful picture of the sky yesterday and decided to use it as the image for the completed gown look.

I was required to participate in ds106 for a course, but I think I will continue to do these little assignments as they are fun and help me keep my creativity flowing. This one, was done just because!

Final Portfolio for INTE 5340 – Importance of Digital Story-telling

digital storytelling

How and why is it important for you to tell stories?

Stories carry, pass on, information, feelings, passion, ideas, culture, humor, and so much more. This hasn’t changed, story telling is and has always been important to people. We tell stories to educate, to inspire, to entertain, and to learn. The only thing that has changed is the ‘how’ that stories are told. Stories are still told verbally, sung, illustrated, instrumental, or written, but the means for which these are completed have evolved to fit within the world today. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Sharing a picture and asking for what those words are can produce a thousand more words. Take that picture and change the context, add a caption, change the colors, combine it with another image and then see how may words you get. Digital story-telling has just taken the act of story-telling to the next level. We have so many new tools and ways to tell our stories that our stories can be anything we want. This course has helped to open my eyes to the greatness that can come from participating and interacting with people. Great things will happen.  Ok, so not so great even bad things can happen too, but I feel like the great and good definitely out weigh the other.

Learning and how we learn are adapting to this world that is being guided by people that want to learn. To grow and understand things. Gamers are playing and learning from their play. People are experiencing things that are half-way across the world by simply wanting to know and clicking some buttons on a screen. I am enrolled in a graduate program, solely online, Interacting with classmates that don’t reside in the same city as me. I may never meet any of my instructors, but I am still learning from them. The digital world and creative, innovated people have made this happen. People chose to learn things that interest them. They seek out information, read stories, watch videos, view art on their own. No longer is education something that requires a teacher, people/students, desks, chairs and a room. Though it can and should continue to do so, but it is just one small way to learn. This is what digital story-telling is and why it’s important.

The following are some requirements for this portfolio that help bring to life the importance of digital story-telling.

Four DS106 Assignment Bank entries that developed and explored your focal theme
ds106 – Assignment Bank entries (4)
: These for Assignment Bank entries are the ones that best connected my focal theme of my vegan journey with the ds106 platform. It took me a few weeks to realize I should have been connecting my focal theme to these assignments from the get go, but I just wanted to make sure I completed them that I wasn’t thinking about the why or how they were done, just that they GOT DONE.

As I journey through life as a plant-based eater, I have come to realize foods that are generally thought of as a lunch or dinner food, such as veggies, can also combine with fruits to be very satisfying as a breakfast food. Juicing and Smoothies are big right now where both fruits and vegetables are combined to create a delicious drink, so why not combine them when creating a cereal. Talk about a healthy breakfast! All kinds of vitamins, minerals and nutrients all in a convenient bowl served with delicious almond milk.  Design Your Own Cereal Box Cover

This seemed simple enough, find foods that begin with each letter of the alphabet and make a collage. Well, I decided to make an A-Z Vegan food collage. Everything pictured in my collage is edible by vegans. I had to think outside of the box a little on some, but ultimately I was able to find 26 food items, all vegan, to create a color image. Which is very similar to a vegan diet, the more variety of color, the more nutrients and satisfaction with meals a vegan will have. It was also challenging to cut out each item to where they would fit together in a true collage. I love the snag-it image editor and though it has some neat functionality, it was not easy to cleanly cut each item out. Overall, I am satisfied with my work of food art.   A-Z Food Photo Collage

I enjoy going to whole foods to get healthy foods and veggies. Yes, they can be a bit more pricey but you are paying for good, wholesome items. As I am learning more about GMO’s, organic foods and animal testing I know that the products I purchase at Whole Foods are produced, grown and tested in ways that follow my newly adopted standards. Researching company practices and beliefs are just as important as reading the labels.  Whole Foods Veggies Logo Mashup

I had a hard time finding a 4th AB entry that fit in with my focal theme, so I chose this early visual image of my current emotional state. The picture is in grey scale because at the start of this course and of my vegan journey, there was now exact black or white way of heading out on my journey. I was going to have to venture out and see where the journey took me. I also have wide eyes in the picture to symbolize my eagerness to take things in and learn. I don’t want to miss a thing, so I’m keeping my eyes open as I embark on my journeys. Picture of my current emotional state

Four digital storytelling critiques, and from four different weeks
Digital Storytelling critiques, Using Ohler’s traits (2):

This story is one that exposes just a small glimpse of why I am choosing to eat a vegan/plant-based diet. Animals, yes even animals that are raised to be food, should not be treated like this. News Story – Fort Morgan, CO

As soon as you tell someone, you eat a vegan diet the words “Where do you get your protein”? come out of their mouths. Seriously, all of a sudden they are experts at protein sources? If these people had any nutrition background at all, they would be aware that everything that was once living (plants and animals) contain protein. People eating a western diet consume way more protein than was is needed so I guess I understand why they ask the question but it still irritates me (now 3 months into my vegan journey) when someone asks this. Native Foods, Where do you get your Protein?

Digital Storytelling critiques, using L&K literary dimensions (2):

This mashup image is a new favorite of mine. I watched this version of Willy Wonka and really didn’t care for it. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Willy Wonka absolutely bugged me. I think it was because of expressions and mannerisms shown here in this image that turned me off. However, when I saw it combined with a vegan and/or anti-fast food  message I loved it. This expression fits so very well with the disgust of fast food.  Prior to me deciding to go vegan, I ate at McDonalds quite a lot. It was a fast breakfast and hot coffee that I could eat during my 45 minute commute into work. After going vegan, I thought hey I can eat their oatmeal in the morning, but sadly no. Their packaged oatmeal contains dairy. So no Mcdonalds or fast food really for this girl anymore. I’m sure I make this face, when someone asks if  was to join them for lunch and they are going to a fast food place. Vegan issues image

I’m pretty sure this video was not viewed by any of my classmates, but I still included it here. The whole point of digital story-telling is to share stories and information, have something to say to the world. The creator of this video, sure did have something to say. He put a cute humorous spin on it, but used factual information and images to support his views. The time and amount of work he put into his lengthy video was not for nothing. It touched me. Yes, one little person in this big gigantic world but that’s all it takes to make it worth while. I retweeted his original post to vegucated, when I first came across it. I am still sitting on the side of the pool, barely dipping my toes into the twitter pool and this video had such an impact on me that I, without hesitation clicked on that re-tweet button and passed it on. Then I chose to write a post about it. His time and energy creating this video was definitely not for not. Love Inside Your Tummy

Three weekly literature responses (about L&K and supplementary research literature) as an indication of your developing scholarly appreciation for learning theory, research, and application

The final chapter of L&K’s book really tied everything together for me. I could see that by having the class participate in ds106, our instructor Remi Holden, was just introducing us to a new world of learning and interacting with people and our fellow classmates. Remi’s  theories and methods used in teaching, or pedagogy is very much for his students to be hands on. To learn and do for themselves. To ask questions and interact with others to gain better understanding. We wouldn’t have been able to truly appreciate digital story-telling if he just told/lectured to us about it. Live it, experience it, mess up and move on. That is how we as a class learned about digital story-telling and why it is important.  L&K – Chapter 8

Chapter 6, helped me realize that even as a occasional member on social media, I am still a participant in this digital story telling world. I am sharing information about me to whoever whats to know. Mostly this is just shared with my friends, but friends of friends can see it and learn a little bit about me. I am sharing my passions and vegan journey with the ds106 community. I’m tweeting on a weekly basis, well sort of, though I’m sure it is more of a daily or better yet almost hourly platform, but I’m still testing the waters.  I have been a member on online dating sites, though the verdict is still out on whether ot not that was a good idea for me. My everyday practices with social networking was much more than I originally thought and chapter 6 showed me this. L&K – Chapter 6

After reading chapter four, I realized that I understood more about the why of remixing and that it’s isn’t just a practice to merge, mashup, combine things just because but that in this day and age with the tools and software we have available to us, remixing is now more of an art form. Digitally telling stories by combining sound and vocals that don’t necessarily go together, but can. Taking images and changing the intended meaning to fit a trend or meme. Remixes require, yes I said REQUIRE, creativity. Ok, I’ll say well thought out and executed ones require creativity, bad ones just required the tools. L&K – Chapter 4

A selection of social media and networking interactions as illustrating digital storytelling as a communicative and networked process.

Just a random post, not really expecting anything out of it. Just getting some thoughts out and I was pleasantly surprised that three of my fellow classmates commented to give me support. I was very appreciative of the support and should have responded to them each individually. Staying on top of comments and connections with others is still not a strength of mine in regards to this course. I at the very least ‘liked’ any and all comments to support the people that took the time to write them, though I certainly could have and should have replied with a ‘Thank You’. Many of my classmates are great, caring and supportive people. It was nice to be able to experience a course like this with them.  Feeling uncertain

ds106 The daily create
Simple quick little assignments and yet people were reading and commenting on them. I even got a few re-tweets from people outside of this course of my embed art post, comments on my kid story from a classmate and even got a couple of views from the post of digital flowers to my aunt from facebook.

Embed art in the everyday

To be a kid again

Flowers for Aunt Pat

Everything listed here has helped me become a digital story-teller. I have shared my ideas and thoughts. I have given the world a glimpse into why I am choosing to no longer eat animals. I have participated in assignments on ds106 and challenged myself to try new things.

Welcome to my story!

INTE 5340 – Week 7 Reflective Summary

Well this semester is just about over. After reading all 8 chapters of Lanskear and Knobel’s, New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning, I have a better understanding of why we, as a class, participated in ds106. Collective learning is at it’s best when people are engaged and having fun while learning. People get out of the experience, what they put in. Digital stories and digital story-telling exist to inspire, encourage, share, teach, learn, bring together and make a difference. In whatever form the story is told, if it affects one other person then it was successful. We, as people, have a need to learn, to grow, to understand and in this day and age this is done by using the digital world. No solely, but it does contribute to a large amount of learning that is done. People can search for specific information, they can learn to knit, they can watch videos of cute kittens and puppies all from the comfort of their favorite chair. Presentation of information can be done in fun and exciting ways that just aren’t possible in a 2-dimentional book. This week I reflected on the 6 weeks before, trying really hard to not focus on the late assignments or that I’m lost in most of the content, and thought about what it was we as a class, group of students, were doing.  We were telling stories, sharing information, showing the world a small glimpse at who we each are. The focal theme’s of each of our blogs meant something to us, or else we wouldn’t have chosen it as a theme.

I’m newly passionate about eating a plant-based diet. The information I have shared probably doesn’t have the same impact on others as it does on me and that is PERFECTLY fine. Others passions may not impact me the same that they have on them and again that is fine. We are not writing our blogs to force our opinions onto others, we are writing them to tell stories from our lives. Sitting back and thinking about all of the assignments from ds106, reflecting on the book we read as a class and how we either took the same or different things from the chapter readings and how we commented on each others posts, has helped me realize it isn’t about the deadlines and exact information. It is about us in our social learning journey. How we contribute to each other and share the experience of this digital story-telling course.

Factoring in my uncertainty and confusion, I think I could have still done more and tried to do new things with video or audio, but overall I am meeting the expectations of this course. I have a feeling that I will continue to visit ds106 and participate in assignments long after this course is over. As I have time to learn and play with other medias and tools I may surprise myself and complete AB assignments that are outside of my comfort zone because they will be challenges and because I know this community of learners and teachers are there because they want to be there. to share and learn in a judgement free space.

Response to L&K – Week 7, Chapter 8: Social learning and new literacies in formal education

new Literacies

New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel, is divided into 3 parts;

  • Part 1: New Literacies: Concepts and Theory
  • Part 2: New Literacies: Some Everyday Practices
  • Part 3: New Literacies and Social Learning

Below is my response to Chapter 8, which falls under Part 3.

This is my response to the final chapter in Lankshear and Knobel’s New literacies book. As I was reading the final chapter, I was reflecting on my journey through this semester and this course. The chapter goes on to discuss two cases of social learning and new literacies within formal education programs. Throughout reading these I couldn’t help but to compare these cases with my own social learning and new literacies in my formal master’s program offered through the University of Colorado Denver.  This program I have selected to pursue is everything this chapter sums up. My master program is offered as a completely online program. I connect online with my instructor and classmates from the comfort of my home or office. For this reason I still have a hard time truly seeing the ‘social’ part of the learning as I have yet to meet face to face with any of the other students within my program. Oh wait, I have met face to face with one fellow student, but only because he and I worked at the same university, campus and in departments that worked closely together, but otherwise I would not have had face to face interactions with anyone in this program.

So having pointed this out, why do I still feel that this is social learning? Well because we are collectively learning the same material and supporting each other along the way. The act of being social no longer solely applies to being in the same geographic location and physical space. Having read through this New Literacies book by Lanshear and Knobel, I now have a much better understanding of this. As the world of learning and teaching evolves, so does the definitions of how those are accomplished. Simply learning things online doesn’t make it social, its the interactions in whatever form they come that do. Tweeting a message out to the world and having it become seen by others, commented on by others, liked by others, re-tweeted by others is what makes it social.

Higher education curriculum’s are seeing the value in offering programs that are different from the previous standard of teaching. Otherwise, this course wouldn’t exist nor would I as the student be sitting here typing my response to this chapter. Not only is higher education starting to adopt these new literacies within the programs they offer, but so are earlier levels. It’s becoming obvious that in order to meet the needs of these younger students and to prepare them for the world they will soon be apart of, they too must moved to curriculum’s that will give these students the skills and knowledge to succeed. As presented in this chapter, one case uses ‘gamelike learning’ to connect the demands of the world and the 21st century with how these students learn.

As the world changes, so must how we teach. This final chapter sums this up and the rest of the book took me through the journey of seeing this. I have been frustrated and confused practically this entire semester, because I didn’t understand social learning, new literacies and how they are being used to better prepare today’s learners for the world of tomorrow. I’m not saying this chapter suddenly brought this all into focus, because trust me I’m still learning, but summing up the book it has made me understand why we as a class participated as members of the ds106 community and why the different assignments were asked of us. In order to understand the importance of digital storytelling we must first understand the need and how these digital stories will be used.

ds106 – Assignment Bank – July 24, 2015 – Design – Design Your Own Cereal Box Cover

Assignment:  Cereal Boxes are often overlooked when it comes to design. But think about it, they have some of the most iconic and memorable characters all over the world. Make a mock cereal cover with a mascot- it can be anyone or anything. Go crazy in any editor such as GIMP, Pixlr, or Photoshop with the type of cereal you are advertising and the overall theme and effects of your cereal box cover.

fruit and veggie cereal

This is my cereal idea. Veggies can also prove to be tasty in combination with fruit, so why not have a fruit and veggie cereal. The mascot for this cereal is from Disney Jr.’s “The Bite Sized Adventures of Sam Sandwich!”, the character is ‘Salad Lad’. I thought what better mascot for my cereal, than a character made from veggies!

INTE 5340 – Week 6 Reflective Summary

Not that I feel like I have really been successful throughout this course, but this week was a big fail for me. I had work obligations at a conference this week and even though I made a conscious effort to get my assignments completed on time, I failed at getting them done by Friday night. I did post them on Saturday, so better late than never but still I should have been able to complete them on time. Trying to stay up to date will all of my obligations, work, school, and social has proven to be a lot for me and I feel like I’m letting them all suffer. I should be able to find a balance between them, so that I don’t feel this way. Many people do maintain their online presence, their work and their social lives I just haven’t figured out how to do this for myself.

I do feel like I am learning a lot about new literacies, everyday practices, and social learning. Gaining an understanding about these is helping me understand why people put so much effort into their life that is online and the different ways people can learn about anything that interests them. The internet really has brought the world and everything about it to just about everybody. People are about to connect with others on the opposite side of the world that have similar interests, we are no longer confined to the physical space we live in. I mean I knew the internet did these things but I wasn’t aware just what that truly meant. The ways I used the internet prior to this course were so limited and now I’ve been enlightened to ways to use it to continue to grow as I learn more about information learning technologies.

Response to L&K – Week 6, Chapter 7: Social learning, ‘push’ and ‘pull’ and building platforms for collaborative learning

new Literacies

New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel, is divided into 3 parts;

  • Part 1: New Literacies: Concepts and Theory
  • Part 2: New Literacies: Some Everyday Practices
  • Part 3: New Literacies and Social Learning

Below is my response to Chapter 7, which falls under Part 3.

My response to this chapter will focus on social learning, multiple learning modes, and access to people. Lankshear and Knobel reference ‘Minds on fire: Open education, the long tail and learning 2.0’ by Brown and Adler (2008,17). They recognize that In order for populations in the near future to be successful and to thrive, they will need to build ‘robust local eco-systems of resources’. They will become more and more dependent on these productive and innovative ways of supporting their ongoing learning and creative activity. It will be crucial that they produce these new resources out of what already exists to preserve scarce resources.

The previous models of buildings on campuses and pre-set curriculum’s of higher education, will no longer be enough to meet the learning needs and demands of the coming populations. There is tension between learning demands and resources available that will only become greater as time goes on. Though I truly believe the current model of will not completely disappear, it will certainly need to evolve to incorporate the changing needs and demands that have already started to appear. The conventional higher education models are already proving to be lacking in terms of innovation and productiveness and in order to change this, new ideas and approaches need to be developed.

Diverse and alternative ways of learning are needed to ensure the next populations grow and thrive. Current generations want and need more than these previous traditional ways are able to give them and so they seek out information on their own. The availability of accessing information has altered the demand and has guided these generations to take their learning into their own hands. The things they are learning are still the same ideas, approaches, methods, policies, practices etc. from traditional learning models, they are just learning about these in new ways. They are then able to think of new sustainable ways or creative ways to expand on what they are learning, who they are learning with and how they could do things better. Previous and current lesson plan structures confined the learning to a specific topic, idea, etc., but as curriculum has started to open up, learners can explore an idea or topic outside of what was previously/currently taught.  As learning can happen anywhere, at any time, or with anyone the sole need to have physical locations to provide and teach the information is not what it use to be. Physical institutional spaces existed to bring people together to foster ideas and learning in the past but as we are no longer bound to walls and set lesson plans to collaborate and develop ideas and solutions, we as a people can  let go of that limitation and see what the minds of the future can give us.

Digital Story Critique #6, Week6 – image mashup

WIlly Wonka - vegan

Digital stories can be as simple as a image. This image is from the 2005 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with a vegan message added. Drawing upon the “remix practices” and “literacy dimensions” highlighted by Lankshear and Knobel in Chapter 4 and reviewing the appendix (p. 127-140), I’ll be critiquing this Photoshopped image remix .

The kind of remix that I feel this best fits in with image is the ‘Photoshopping remix’. In my opinion, the creator is using an image from a well-known movie to visually express how a vegan sees/feels about McDonald’s.    .

The 3 “literacy dimensions”  I will use to structure my critique (based on the chapter 4 appendix, p.134) are:

  1. Knowing how to import an image into an image editor
  2. Understanding how to create a recognizably meaningful juxtapostition of images
  3. Being able to match camera angle, colours and resolutions etc. when adding cropped photographic elements to a base image.

Knowing how to import an image into an image editor 10/10
In order to create this meme the creator obviously had to know how to capture the image and modify it.

Understanding how to create a recognizably meaningful juxtapostition of images 8/10
This image is from a movie with a strong candy (mostly non-vegan) theme and the message is clearly vegan. The particular image, person with an awkward expression combined with the message is overall effective. The viewer get the clear sense that vegans and McDonald’s don’t really mix.

Being able to match camera angle, colours and resolutions etc. when adding cropped photographic elements to a base image. 6/10
The resolution of this image is poor. Very grainy and a bit blurry. The bold black header and footer blocks contrast with the poor quality of the image but help to make the message stand out.

Overall score: 24/30

Though this meme image is not great quality visually, the message is clear and funny. I would expect the reason to create this is for simple humor and to visually show a vegan perspective.