Digital Communication: Creating Yourself In College & Final Exams

It seems like only yesterday I said ‘Welcome Back’ from summer vacation. Here we are 15 weeks later ready for final exams. Where did the time go?

My plan was to blog every week and keep you posted on what was happening in the department. I had great intentions, but they did not manifest. At least not yet…

Fall 2014 was busy for all of us. Using and adapting to studio courses was exciting and tiring. We all worked long hours writing scripts, shooting video, editing and planning.

Editing Transmedia documentary assignment
Transmedia Storytelling editing assignment
Digital Journalism students were mobile all semester. Editing and shooting from their phones.
Digital Journalism students were mobile all semester.

I can honestly say this was my most rewarding semester teaching in the 10 years I’ve been a college professor.

Why? Because I was able to see tremendous growth in many of the students. While this might surprise you, I had one student (who shall remain nameless – you know who you are) begin the semester unsure of how to turn on the MAC computers in the lab.

Each student arrived in class with different knowledge and feelings about the technology – the tools of communication. Each student required tailored assistance. We walked the digital literacy journey together – sometimes we walked side-by-side and sometimes alone.

My student did learn how to turn on the MAC computer and how to create content, shoot video, record and edit. It was incredibly rewarding for me to witness. I feel confident she felt similarly about her accomplishments.

I think it is fitting to wish each and every one of my Digital Communication students a healthy and happy winter break. And remember this as we enter final exams…

Digital Communication isn’t a major where you seek to find yourself.

It is a major where you need to create yourself. 

Create something wonderful! 

Check out our student work– visit our youtube channel.

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Dr. Gina Marcello is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Graphic Design & Multimedia at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ.