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Program Introduction: Day 1- Welcome, Introductions, & Getting to Know Everyone


Program Introduction: Day 2 - Orientation

Program Introduction: Days 3&4 - Netiquette

Core Rules of Netiquette

Rule 1: Remember the Human

When communicating electronically, whether through email, instant message, discussion post, text, or some other method, practice the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Remember, your written words are read by real people, all deserving of respectful communication. Before you press "send" or "submit," ask yourself, "Would I be okay with this if someone else had written it?"

Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life

While it can be argued that standards of behavior may be different in the virtual world, they certainly should not be lower. You should do your best to act within the laws and ethical manners of society whenever you inhabit "cyberspace." A good rule to follow is that if you wouldn't say it to someone's face, then you shouldn’t say it online. Name-calling, cursing, expressing deliberately offensive opinions -- if you wouldn't do it to the face of anyone who might conceivably see what you write, don't write it. And it's not just what you say, but how you say it. All caps are generally perceived as yelling, while all lower case implies a lack of education and/or self-confidence. Text “slang” is not appropriate. And, please don't forget to say please and thank you as appropriate.


Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace 

Depending on where you are in the virtual world, the same written communication can be acceptable in one area, where it might be considered inappropriate in another. What you text to a friend may not be appropriate in communication with a classmate or colleague.


Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth

Electronic communication takes time: time to read and time in which to respond. Most people today lead busy lives, just like you do, and don't have time to read or respond to frivolous emails or discussion posts. As a virtual world communicator, it is your responsibility to make sure that the time spent reading your words isn't wasted. Make your written communication meaningful and to the point, without extraneous text or superfluous graphics, or attachments that may take forever to download.


Rule 5: Make yourself look good online

One of the best things about the virtual world is the lack of judgment associated with your physical appearance, the sound of your voice, or the clothes you wear (unless you post a video of yourself singing Karaoke in a clown outfit.) You will, however, be judged by the quality of your writing, so keep the following tips in mind:

  • Always check for spelling and grammar errors

  • Know what you're talking about and state it clearly

  • Be pleasant and polite A good rule to follow is that if you wouldn't show it in public, then you shouldn’t share it online. If you would have a problem with your boss, your parents, or your kids seeing it now, or at any point in the future, don't post it online. Sadly, we have too many examples of this already.


Rule 6: Share expert knowledge

The Internet offers its users many benefits; one is the ease with which information can be shared or accessed and in fact, this "information sharing" capability is one of the reasons the Internet was founded. So in the spirit of the Internet's "founding fathers," share what you know! When you post a question and receive intelligent answers, share the results with others. Are you an expert at something? Post resources and references for your subject matter. Recently expanded your knowledge about a subject that might be of interest to others? Share that as well.


Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control

What is meant by "flaming" and "flame wars?" "Flaming is what people do when they express a strongly held opinion without holding back any emotion." (Shea, 1994). As an example, think of the kinds of passionate comments you might read on a sports blog. While "flaming" is not necessarily forbidden in virtual communication, "flame wars," when two or three people exchange angry posts with one another, must be controlled or the camaraderie of the group could be compromised. Don't feed the flames; extinguish them by guiding the discussion back in a more productive direction.


Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy

Depending on what you are reading in the virtual world, be it an online class discussion forum, Facebook page, or email, you may be exposed to some private or personal information that needs to be handled with care. Perhaps someone is sharing some medical news about a loved one or discussing a situation at work. What do you think would happen if this information "got into the wrong hands?" Embarrassment? Hurt feelings? Loss of a job? Just as you expect others to respect your privacy, so should you respect the privacy of others. Be sure to err on the side of caution when deciding to discuss or not to discuss virtual communication.


Rule 9: Don't abuse your power

Just like in face-to-face situations, there are people in cyberspace who have more "power" than others. They have more expertise in technology or they have years of experience in a particular skill or subject matter. Maybe it's you who possesses all of this knowledge and power! Just remember: knowing more than others do or having more power than others may have does not give you the right to take advantage of anyone. Think of Rule 1: Remember the human.


Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes

Not everyone has the same amount of experience working in the virtual world. And not everyone knows the rules of netiquette. At some point, you will see a stupid question, read an unnecessarily long response, or encounter misspelled words; when this happens, practice kindness and forgiveness as you would hope someone would do if you had committed the same offense. If it's a minor "offense," you might want to let it slide. If you feel compelled to respond to a mistake, do so in a private email rather than a public forum.

Program Introduction: Day 5 - Grading & Tasks

Our Program works in a two week (10-day section), in most cases, the 2-week section will start on a Monday and end on the next Friday. We will plan on lecturing for about 20 - 30 minutes on 6 of the days out of the 10. The first Monday will be all about introducing the projects. The Last Friday will be all about finishing & critiquing the projects. There will not be any real lectures on Thursdays because of the Senior Seminar class. To simplify, you have about 14 - 16 in-class hours to complete the work. Homework will be done on your time.



Grading - Point Breakdown

CMTHS uses a grading policy broken into 3 categories:

40% - Skill: These are tasks completed related to the program. For example, being able to operate equipment, using software, and design ability/creativity. All of the tasks you will be graded on can be found by clicking HERE

30% - Knowledge: Quizzes, Tests, Evaluations, Checklists, and RUBRICS

30% - Work Ethic: Attendance, discipline, being prepared for class, and effort

Grading Rubric Links:


In-Class Project - 200 Points

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Exploratory - 100 Points
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Daily Discussion Topic - 10 points

 Quizzes/Tests - 100 Points

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Program Introduction: Day 6&7 - What is Multimedia Design?

What Graphic Designers Do

Graphic designers create designs either by hand or using computer software packages.

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.


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What Web Developers Do

Some developers work on a website from the planning stages to completion.

Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the look of the site. They are also responsible for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and capacity, which are measures of a website’s speed and how much traffic the site can handle. In addition, web developers may create content for the site.​

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What Can a Person Do With a Photography Degree?

Like many other art professions, photography is very competitive. Armed with a degree, however, a photographer will often have a much better chance of landing good-paying jobs. Some companies only hire staff photographers with proper training, for instance. A photographer often has the option of working at photography studios, newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, and website design agencies.

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What Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators Do 

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators capture a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events. Editors take footage shot by camera operators and organize it into a final product. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production.​

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Multimedia artists and animators do

Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models, animation, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.​

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Program Introduction: Day 8&9 - Career Focus Project


Onet Online

Welcome to your tool for career exploration and job analysis!

O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development, and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

No, MyPlan isn’t paying me to promote their site.  It’s just so useful that I have to recommend it again. There are four different career assessments on interests, personality, values, and skills.  The values assessment is free, and I’ve found it to be very accurate.  If you take all four tests, you can view your composite career rankings.  MyPlan also has career satisfaction ratings, salary data, and tons of other useful information.


Career Key

The career key personality and career test is based on Holland’s theory and costs $9.95 (you do not need to take the test). also has information about changing careers, job satisfaction, choosing a major, and identifying your skills.


The Career Project

If you’re looking for honest information about careers, I recommend   You’ll find thousands of career profiles from people that actually work in those professions.  Workers report information about income, benefits, work environment, and job satisfaction. You can also view a day in the life, where users detail their workdays hour-by-hour.



The career exploration section at QuintCareers offers hundreds of career planning articles, links, and tools. Resources include industry magazines, checklists, and directories.  The site also has college planning, financial aid, and job search resources.  No matter what your career stage, QuintCareers is a must-visit website.

National Career Development Association

Career counseling can help you decide on a career path based on a variety of factors.  If your high school or college doesn’t have a career counselor, or if you’re considering a career change, you may need to look for an independent career counselor.  Read the guidelines for choosing a career counselor, including your rights as a consumer and responsibilities as a client.  You can also search for a career counselor near you in the National Career Development Association counselor database.


Career One Stop

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers salary data, employment trends, and self-assessments.  You can download the work importance locator, which identifies features that are important in a job.    Skills, abilities, and interest assessments are also available.

Mapping Your Future

Whether you’re just starting out on your career planning journey or making a career change, you’ll be sure to find the information you need at The site offers career exploration and college planning resources, in addition to entrance and exit loan counseling.

There are plenty of other excellent career planning sites on the Internet, but I chose these sites based on information accessibility and authority.  This is not a comprehensive list and is only based on my opinion and experiences.  This list can help start your career planning process, but you should also look for other resources that suit your specific situation and preferences.

Program Introduction: Day 10 - Career Advice From a Professional

Student Goals:
Introduce students to the career options in the art and design field.

Student Objectives: Orientation
Provided with multiple lectures, examples, study guides, guided practices, and student resources, the students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the art and design careers, by producing various portfolio-based projects that demonstrate the skills and knowledge established by the Program Of Study, to a task completion rate of 80% or higher after 2 years in the program.

Program Of Study Requirements:

101 - Explain Communication Technology and why it is important. 

102 - Demonstrate safety procedures in the field of communications technology. 


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