Understanding Digital Literacies

Developing digital literacies ’"means more than mastering the technical aspects of digital tools. It also means using those tools to do something in the social world, and these things we do invariaby involve meanaging our social relationships and our social identifies in all sorts of different and sometimes unpredictable situations (Rodney H. Jones & Christoph A. Hafner, p. 13)

Software

Adobe Software

The software we'll be using for assignments in this class (Dreamweaver, InDesign, and Photoshop) is available everywhere on campus as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

This class is not a hands-on class, which means that it's purpose is not to teach you the software. If you wait for me to tell you everything you need to know, you'll be waiting a long time. You need to take the initiative to learn the software on your own. So, on the Syllabus page, I recommend three how-to books that I used to learn this software.

You are also free to use whatever tutorial you'd like in order to learn the software, but I do reference certain chapters from the recommended books on the Weekly Schedule. I list the chapters with the topic so that if you are using outside tutorials, you'll know the focus for that class. Again, I list topics for different class periods but I don't expect to provide in-class tutorials. I will provide quick demos of the software in class that I hope will get you started and some techniques as they come up. This is not the kind of software that you can learn in one sitting. You have to work with it a lot. So, if you work on the software only in class, you will have a lot of difficulty completing assignments.

Adobe Tutorials

Adobe provides tutorials for the software we will be using. However, note that the tutorials they provide are shortened versions of tutorials available on lynda.com. lynda.com provides some tutorials for free but most of its tutorials require a paid subscription.