COMM 2555: Interactive Digital Communication

Spring 2017

Introduction to the Course

Welcome to COMM 2555!

Following is a recap of some of the key points we covered during our first day of class.

1. All course material will be posted to this web site.

2. Please read the syllabus: it includes essential information about course policies, its structure, grading, etc.

3. My office hours are on the syllabus; however. I tend to be available at other times. If I'm in my office, feel free to pop in.

4. Technology. Most of the software we will be using in this class is free; all of it is available in any computer lab. However, we will be also using Adove products; mostly Photoshop, but also (at least once or twice) Adobe Illustrator - these are not free. Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and a lot more) is available in all computer labs on campus.

If you want to install Adobe products on your personal computer, you will have to purchase a subscription from Adobe. The price I quoted in class (which we found on the UNI ITS website) is not accurate: you can get Creative Cloud for 19.99/month (or even cheaper, for $219/year), or you can get Photoshop and Lightroom for 9.99/month. Here's the link.

The free software consists of a text editor, a browser, and an FTP client. For a browser, use anything you like - it doesn't matter whether you use Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. For a text editor, my recommendation is either Notepad++, Brackets or TextEdit (the default Mac editor). For FTP, you may use WinSCP or Cyberduck. There are free. Filezilla is the software installed on the laptops we use in class; however, I do not recommend using Filezilla on your personal computer.

Here are the two student organizations I mentioned in class that I highly recommend to you:

Digital Collective

From the Collective's website: "We are all about getting smart for the future. We help each other find internships, jobs, conferences, networking opportunities, and determine what skills you need to get your digital dream job."

The faculty advisor is Dr. Bettina Fabos.
Meeting time: Mondays, 6-7pm, Digital Media Hub

Women in Computing

From Dr. Sarah Diesburg, faculty advisor: "Our purpose encourages women in computing and technology through outreach, leadership, fellowship and service. We promote opportunities for computing careers, scholarships, and professional development."

The first Women in Computing meeting of the semester will take place on Thursday, January 19 in ITTC 322 at 5:00pm. The organization doesn't have a website, but here's an article from STEM@UNI.

Again, welcome to COMM 2555!