The Media & Education CAS Experience

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The Media and Education experience is designed around the priorities, conveniences and assets of practicing educators. We have built a program centered on your specific educational settings and needs. This is why this teaching and learning centered program principally takes place in your own educational settings.

Four Part Program – built around the school year of most primary and secondary schools

Part One

Syracuse Summer Institute (first 2 weeks following July 4 holiday)

Two-week residency session where participants engage in an intense workshop and seminar environment with educators across the nation. The focus of the Summer Institute is to strengthen and integrate the foundations of storytelling and critical thinking as they relate to the convergence of media and education.

  • Part One coursework detailsopener
    • The Summer Institute features intensive face-to-face courses with additional time allotted for students to complete their final projects when they return home.  Students will be on campus for the first two weeks of July taking the courses and then finishing final projects for online delivery when they return home.  There are also lab times over the first weekend, and screening and production evenings while the students are on campus.

      COURSEWORK

      TRF 606: Visual Story Telling and Education (3 credits)
      MEETING TIME: M-F, 8:30-11:30

      CFE 662: Youth, Schooling and Popular Culture (3 credits)
      MEETING TIME: M-F, 12:30-3:30

      M&E 601: Media and Education CAS Colloquium (1 credit)
      The purpose of the colloquium is to create community and bring the Media and Education cultures together as well as introduce students to the issues in this field.
      MEETING TIME: M-F, 3:45-5:15.

Parts Two and Three

Workplace Practicum, Project Development & Project Production (September-May, online)
Following the Summer Institute, you will return to your home-base educational settings to begin the applied practice phase of the certificate program. This phase is centered on your educational workplace where you have the opportunity to connect your studies to the everyday practices of your educational environment.

  • Parts Two and Three coursework detailsopener
    • Following the Summer Institute, you will return to your home-base educational settings to begin the applied practice phase of the Media and Education Certificate Program. This phase is centered on your educational workplace where you have the opportunity to connect your studies to the everyday practices of your educational environment. Your educational environment is, as it should be, your classroom as both teacher and learner.

      Fall Term Coursework – September—December (3 credits)

      M&E 621: M&E Practicum: Project Development (3 credits)
      Conception and Pre-Production - Students will propose and develop visual media projects in their respective fields of practice, and participate in an interactive forum designed to foster discussion about their projects and the creative and educational concerns arising from their work.

      Spring Term Coursework – January—May (3 credits)

      M&E 622: M&E Practicum: Project Execution (3 credits)
      Production and Post Production - Students will produce media projects in their respective fields of practice and participate in an interactive forum designed to foster discussion about their projects and the creative and educational concerns arising from their work.

      After taking these courses, students should be able to successfully apply media production research, screenwriting and pre-production techniques to specific educational problems, challenges and opportunities. You will meet the objectives listed above through a combination of the following activities in this course:

      • Conceiving an independent media production project related to your specific learning environment. The Fall semester Practicum will focus on conception and preproduction phases of your project. The Spring semester will focus on the production and post production of your project
      • Working collaboratively with M&E colleagues (on their projects and yours) to develop effective strategies and creative screenwriting and project development solutions that work in educational settings.

      Reading and participating in discussion forums that expand your understanding of the conceptual development processes of media production practices as they relate to educational environments.

Part Four

Maymester term – May 21-May 25

Certificate program participants return to Syracuse for a one week conference culminating in the presentation of their final projects for public review and feedback. Following presentation, time and finishing resources will be provided to allow students to make any necessary revisions and/or refinements, after which projects will be formally submitted for final review. Certificates will also be awarded in a closing ceremony.

  • Part Four coursework detailsopener
    • M&E 650: Special Projects Seminar: Culminating Experience (2 credits)

      Students finish their projects, present them to their peers, collect feedback and revise and edit them for final turn-in. The focus of this phase of the project will be on project evaluation and effectiveness.

      As a result of this class, students will:

      • Receive constructive feedback from their educational peers, professor and visiting educators on the educational media projects they have created in the field.
      • Understand what constitutes effective educational media.
      • Improve and polish existing skills and knowledge of the media production process through rigorous review and revision.

      It is expected that through this culminating review process, students will generate educational media with measureable impact.

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