INF 385U - Digital Media Collections
Collection design, resource selection, description and organization, development of user access mechanisms. May include collection considerations in regards to various media, workflow and project management, audience analysis, and notions of authorship in the collection context. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Information Studies 385T (Topic: Creating and Using Digital Media Collections) and 385U may not both be counted.
INF 385U is a project-based design studio course that focuses on the building of collections as a form of rhetorical or creative expression. Although students will indeed build things, this course does not teach technical skills such as digitization. Instead, the course focuses on how to use a collection of materials to express ideas. (So while it is practical and hands-on, it is like a writing or composition class, not like an engineering class.) For the upcoming semester, we will additionally have a "design research" focus: we will be attempting to critically engage the notion of "residuality" (the "miscellaneous" or what is left over) in our designs. I think this will be quite exciting, but students who aren't comfortable with ambiguity might be challenged. Along these lines, this class should be quite appropriate for doctoral students as well.