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Media Studies: Open Educational Resources
Resources for the Radio Broadcasting, Broadcast Engineering Technology, Journalism, Online, Print & Broadcast Journalism, Media, Arts & Design Experience, Photojournalism, Sports Journalism, and Television & New Media Production Programs
"Open Educational Resources, or OER, refer to any teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license, such as a Creative Commons License or GNU General Public License, that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution with no or limited restrictions".
"AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use." -- website
BCcampus Open Ed provides access to open textbooks on a number of topics from 41 institutions across Canada. Digital copies are available free of charge, and print editions are available for a small fee.
"In partnership with BCcampus, and in the footsteps of other provincial online learning centres like OpenEd Manitoba, eCampusOntario has created this new virtual Open Textbook Library, established to offer learners a repository of resources which are licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed." -- website (A link to eCampus is also available at LoyalistLibrary.com, under the Collections tab.)
Using the themes of credibility and information literacy, the book helps today’s students, who start out all their research with Google and Wikipedia, to specialize in accessing, evaluating, and managing information that often is not accessible through Google searches. The book includes chapters on public records, freedom of information requests, nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, scholarly research, public data, interviews and more. Through current examples, instructional videos, suggested classroom activities, and practitioner insights, the authors challenge students to examine the credibility of the sources they use as current and future professional communicators.
"Exploring Movie Construction and Production contains eight chapters of the major areas of film construction and production. The discussion covers theme, genre, narrative structure, character portrayal, story, plot, directing style, cinematography, and editing." -- website
"Advances in Radio Science (ARS) is an international interdisciplinary journal for the fast publication of collections of short but self-contained peer-reviewed communications in radio science and engineering." -- website
What is a MOOC?
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are online courses, often offered for free or at minimal cost. Many MOOCs include audio or video lectures, assignments, readings, quizzes, and interactive forums and discussion boards. Many MOOCs are offered by large institutions, and some will offer course credits for completed MOOCs, usually for a small fee.
What are Apps?
Apps are small software applications that allow you to customize a mobile device and perform a variety of activities and functions. Some apps are free, while others are fee-based, so it is important to read terms and conditions carefully. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. The Library does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons.
"Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages. . .Audacity is free software, developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL)." -- website
"Created by a photographer for photographers and film makers, [MapAPic Location Scout] saves you time and effort by organizing all your shoot locations, with geotags, pictures, tags and notes. You can also see the times of sunrise, sunset and the golden and blue hour for all your locations." -- website
This app allows users to create animated camera diagrams, animate characters and cameras to move around those diagrams, create shot lists, create story boards, and work on camera angles with the Director's Viewfinder feature.
"Based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Journalist’s Resource examines news topics through a research lens. We curate and summarize scholarship relevant to media practitioners, bloggers, educators, students and general readers. Our philosophy is that peer-reviewed research studies can, at the very least, help anchor journalists as they navigate difficult terrain and competing claims. In 2013 the American Library Association named us one of the best free reference Web sites." -- website
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