Lesson Plan: Digital Reproduction

[cs_content][cs_section bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ class=”cs-ta-left” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]In 1935 Walter Benjamin wrote, “Around 1900 technical reproduction had reached a standard that not only permitted it to reproduce all transmitted works of art and thus to cause the most profound change in their impact upon the public; it also had captured a place of its own among the artistic processes.” This assignment musses with his assertion by creating a digital, “academic,” work of art. It asks students to produce an audio recording of his article “The Work of Art in the Age of mechanical Reproduction”.
[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h3″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Learning Objectives[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]The lesson offers students an opportunity to learn how to record and edit audio while engaging in acts of remediation and archiving. Students split into groups and are responsible for recording and editing articles and academic works in creative commons. Walter Benjamin’s Article The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is used as an example, but other works may apply.

The pedagogical intent of this lesson is to give students experience with digital publication. Students are rewarded with a digital publication. Academia receives a remediated piece of scholarship.
[/cs_text][cs_icon_list][cs_icon_list_item title=”Engage in Digital Production Practices” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Engage in Digital Production Practices[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Extend Traditional Scholarship” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Extend Traditional Scholarship[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Engage in Reproduction and Archiving” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Engage in Reproduction and Archiving[/cs_icon_list_item][/cs_icon_list][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 30px;”][x_feature_list][x_feature_box title=”Assignment Length” title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”icon” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”rgb(140, 140, 140)” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”10px” max_width=”200px” child=”true” connector_width=”1 px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_icon=”clock-o”]Group Assignment Length[/x_feature_box][x_feature_box title=”Required Materials” title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”icon” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 56%)” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”10px” max_width=”200px” child=”true” connector_width=”1 px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_icon=”cut”]The Libravox App, Audacity Audio Recording Software, Microphone, Benjamin Article[/x_feature_box][x_feature_box title=”Skills Necessary” title_color=”” text_color=”” graphic=”icon” graphic_size=”40px” graphic_shape=”circle” graphic_color=”#ffffff” graphic_bg_color=”rgb(140, 140, 140)” align_h=”left” align_v=”top” side_graphic_spacing=”10px” max_width=”200px” child=”true” connector_width=”1 px” connector_style=”dashed” connector_color=”#272727″ graphic_icon=”download”]Audio Recording and Editing Proficiency[/x_feature_box][/x_feature_list][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”rgb(250, 250, 250)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 60px;padding: 10px 0px 45px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_feature_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”globe”]Access and Adaptability[/x_feature_headline][x_gap size=”30px”][cs_text]This assignment teaches students how to produce an audio recording of a traditional scholarly article, which is usually read. It therefore acts as a means to create greater accessibility. Unsighted students will have an audio recording of Benjamin’s article after completion. Students can translate the audio into international sign language, and then upload the video to YouTube rather than Librvox.

The deliverable is an audio (or video, if appropriate) recording of the article. Faculty can request a workshop for the Audacity recording software from the DWRL, and can check out microphones, Zoom recording equipment, etc. from the lab.
[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”rgb(225, 229, 234)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 60px;padding: 10px 0px 45px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_feature_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”cogs”]Assignment Description[/x_feature_headline][x_gap size=”30px”][cs_text]Students are instructed to record an audio version of “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. They will learn how to record audio, edit it, and splice it together into a full recording of the article. After the recording is fully produced, the class as a whole will submit the recording to Libravox to be reviewed for publication. Other publication venues include YouTube.

Students are placed into groups for the assignment. There are 15 sections of the article. 5 groups of students (the group size varies for individual classes) can each be responsible for 3 sections. Students delegate who among the group performs the speaking roll, who records, who edits, etc. The point will be to create a professional sounding recording of the sections. After each group has recorded their sections, the class can splice together the recordings into a single production. This the class can submit to Libravox for publication, or can self-publish to YouTube.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Instructor Preparation[/x_custom_headline][cs_icon_list][cs_icon_list_item title=”Read Benjamin Article” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Read Benjamin Article[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Make Student Groups” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Make Student Groups[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Familiarize Self with Audacity” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Familiarize Self with Audacity[/cs_icon_list_item][/cs_icon_list][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/2″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]Student Preparation[/x_custom_headline][cs_icon_list][cs_icon_list_item title=”Read Benjamin Article” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Read Benjamin Article[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Peruse YouTube Audio Recordings” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Peruse YouTube Audio Recordings[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Familiarize Self with Audacity” type=”check” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Familiarize Self with Audacity[/cs_icon_list_item][/cs_icon_list][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”false”]In-Class or Assignment Instructions[/x_custom_headline][cs_icon_list][cs_icon_list_item title=”Define In-Group Roles” type=”chevron-right” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Define In-Group Roles[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Record and Edit Assigned Sections” type=”chevron-right” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Record and Edit Assigned Sections[/cs_icon_list_item][cs_icon_list_item title=”Publish the Recording” type=”chevron-right” link_enabled=”false” link_url=”#” link_new_tab=”false”]Publish the Recording[/cs_icon_list_item][/cs_icon_list][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 60px;padding: 100px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”rgb(250, 250, 250)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 60px;padding: 10px 0px 45px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_feature_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”pencil”]Skills Workshop[/x_feature_headline][x_gap size=”30px”][cs_text]The DWRL on campus offers two resources useful for this assignment.

First, the DWRL has recording equipment that can be borrowed. From microphones to Zoom recording devices, students are covered with regard to technology needed for this assignment.

Second, the DWRL teaches the Audacity recording software. By scheduling a workshop with the DWRL, students will learn how to record and edit audio and deliver professional products. Below is a YouTube video by YouTuber Raghvendra that shows the sort of self-efficacy that a DWRL workshop can provide.
[/cs_text][x_video_embed no_container=”true” type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”rgb(225, 229, 234)” parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 60px;padding: 10px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_feature_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”paperclip”]Assessment Suggestions[/x_feature_headline][x_gap size=”30px”][cs_text]
[/cs_text][x_gap size=”20px”][x_tab_nav type=”two-up” float=”top”][x_tab_nav_item title=”Suggestions for Portfolio-Style Assessment” active=”true”][x_tab_nav_item title=”Suggestions for Traditional Assessment” active=”false”][/x_tab_nav][x_tabs][x_tab active=”true”]The assignment is worth 20-25% of a student’s grade. It could even be used as a final project. It’s a group assignment because of the workload and opportunity to work with others. It’s staggered so that an Instructor can monitor progress and create opportunities for student/instructor meetings. It is a major grade because it takes 2-4 weeks’ worth of work. [/x_tab][x_tab active=”false”]The assignment is worth 20-25% of a student’s grade. It can be understood as a 1) group, 2) staggered, and 3) major assignment. It could even be used as a final project. It’s a group assignment because of the workload and opportunity to work with others. It’s staggered so that an Instructor can grade appropriately. It is a major grade so as to impress upon students the importance of digital publication. [/x_tab][/x_tabs][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

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