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DESI 436 / SCOM 407 Intro 1 March 2010

March 1, 2010

University of Otago Clock Tower by Mark McGuire

Today (1 March 2010) Science Communications Masters students enrolled in SCOM 407 and all of the Design Studies 400 level and MDes (Master of Design) students met in the Design attic for a brief overview of our 400-level programme. I coordinate DESI 436 (Design Collaboration) and SCOM 407 (Digital Design for Factual Communication), which are full-year courses. I gave a brief introduction to the course, handed out a 2-page course outline (the pdf file can be viewed and downloaded here), and showed a series of slides (You can view and download a pdf version of the sldes here).

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DESI 436 and SCOM 407 are taught together in a weekly series of seminars and tutorials. We will explore the use of digital communication networks and effective design strategies in the process of engaging in, and publishing, research. Although we will use variety of digital media, the focus will be on blogs, podcasts, and digital presentations. Students will work individually to create a WordPress.com blog and a series of audio podcasts (which will also be streamed from the blog) on a research topic of their choice. We will also explore the use of online services and shared electronic spaces for making connections with others and for engaging in cooperative and collaborative projects.

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To get a sense of what this couse entails, visit the 2009 course blog, Sustainable Design Studies, which includes links to some of the work that was produced by students last year, including blogs on sustainability and education, food, university students, trade, and water. While you are at it, have a look at the course blog for DESI 222 (Communication Design Project), which I also coordinated in 2009 (and will coordinate again in the second semester this year).

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DESI 436 and SCOM 407 students: Please check out this blog frequently. I will post news, notices, course readings, and other resources here. Before the next class, please send me an email (mark.mcguire@design.otago.ac.nz) 
and tell me about yourself:

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• your preferred email address

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• your course of study

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• your reasons for taking this course

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• your expectations for this course

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• your background

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• your passion

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• your ideal career

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• your ideas for a research topic for your blog & podcasts

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• your skills, needs, and desires (software, hardware, other)

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I will see you all in the Design attic on Monday 8 March at 10:00. Feel free to contact me before then.

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Mark McGuire

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Web: http://markmcguire.net Twitter: @mark_mcguire Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcguire1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Design Studies email Address: mark.mcguire@design.otago.ac.nz University of Otago, Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand Phone: 03-479-7156 Fax: 03-479-3066 http://www.design.otago.ac.nz/

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