Next week is the HTML exam (password is comm2219). You must pass this to receive a result for network media. The exam is done in class. As a part of the exam you will also assess a class colleague’s completed work, confirming that all has been done correctly. You will be able to correct any mistakes found.

A random audit of completed work will be done. Any errors found (i.e. forms have been signed stating that work is finished and correct when it isn’t) will mean both the assessor and maker will record a fail. (We expect you to be able to read someone’s code as well as write your own, the simplest way people code is to read and reuse someone else’s. And you are expressing trust in you which we expect to be respected.)

The test is exactly as the page above describes, which you’ve been able to rehearse and practice with for several weeks. (Anecdotally students who are anxious practice and practice and do it on the day in a snap. A small group think they know what they’re doing and leave it for the day, they are the ones still making mistakes an hour into the class. In six years, on every occasion, they have been male, what’s that about?)

Questions? email.

2014 Creative Critical Essay

Value: (40%)

due: Friday October 24

This task can be completed in pairs or individually. If a complete draft of the writing (minimum 1200 words) is submitted to your teacher by Friday September 26 you will receive a bonus of 5 marks. Work that is done in pairs is expected to be more sophisticated (writing, ideas, use of media, references) than work that is done individually.


Due to unforeseen technical problems with how some email is trapped by a ‘pre’ google filter (postini) we are not using email submission (too many disappear into the postini trap). So to submit please print on to paper, include the URL on the page, and hand in with a cover sheet in the usual way to building 9, level 4, submission bin.

email your individual teacher with the URL of the blog page that contains your essay.


Network literacy is not merely knowing about this, it is doing it. It is in this doing that we can understand that literacy is an applied knowing, or if you prefer a knowing through doing.… It is being comfortable with change and flow as the day to day conditions of knowledge production and dissemination, and recognising that all of this may change, and appear differently in six months. What underlies such change, however, are the principles of distributed content production and sharing, folksonomies, trust networks and having access to skills that let you collate and build with these varieties of content and knowledge….. Network literacy means recognising that there are no longer canonical sources and having the skills to find what it is you think you want, of being able to judge it, and then of being able to incorporate this, in turn, into your knowledge flows. Finally, networked literacies are marked by your participation as a peer in these flows and networks — you contribute to them and in turn can share what others provide.

Miles, Adrian. “Network Literacy: The New Path to Knowledge.” Screen Education Autumn.45 (2007): 24–30.

Take any of the ideas/concepts/arguments in this statement to investigate and think about the possible implications of this for you as a future professional media maker. For example, what might you need to know about? How might this affect how you make media? Consume it? How it get used? Distributed? Could the media in itself (what sort of thing we currently mean when we say ‘media’) change? In other words take something from this to think about what it might mean for you as someone who will influence our future media.


This essay is to be published as a page or pages on your blog or as a standalone web page/s published via website.

It is to include:

  • text
  • image (photos or drawings)
  • video and/or audio

The essay is to be around 1,500 words in length. It does not have to conform to traditional academic requirements and so can be

  • personal
  • use “I”
  • finish with questions rather than answers
  • be exploratory in its thinking and argument/s

However, it is still an essay which means the work must:

  • make an argument
  • explore or think about and with an idea or ideas
  • use evidence
  • appropriately cite that evidence

An essay is not an opinion piece, it is informed by research and thinking. This makes an essay critical, which doesn’t mean it criticises something negatively but that it interrogates ideas and assumptions to see what they are, what they are made of, and where they might take you. An essay is then a place in which you think through something, rather than reporting on what you already know or understand. This task is inviting you to treat your writing and making as more like a laboratory, where you state something, then think about what it means, its consequences or implications. In other words follow the idea where it leads you…

(If it at all helps imagine an idea as being some sort of thing and through writing and making you are prodding, poking, testing, querying what sort of thing it is. Bit like being a scientist, but with words.)

The essay can consist of more than a single page. The image/s and video/s and/or audio that you use are expected to contribute to the ideas being explored. They might reflect an idea, reinforce or endorse it, or provide a prompt or point of departure for your own thinking.

2014 blog assessment

Value: (30%)

Due: End of week six, Friday, August 29


The blog that has been established on is yours. It is/can be/has to be used for other subjects through out your media degree. For media students we intend to keep your blog for life (so you can keep using it after you graduate).

In Network Media your individual blog is the key place for you to discuss, note, record, document, discuss, argue about, reflect upon, interrogate, critique (can I stop yet?) what you do. Making, reading, classes, things you notice out and about.

In this subject the intent is to make contributing to your blog as simple as possible using whatever digital resources you have available, so that it can become part of your everyday network practice.

For this assignment you will print five blog posts, attach your blog audit table, and write a short essay to demonstrate how you have used your blog, to date, in networked media. These five posts should provide evidence of how you have

  • engaged with the readings to date
  • engaged with ideas raised in lectures and classes
  • put into practice specific technical skills that have been introduced
  • written or otherwise documented other things that are not just the set tasks from network media

The essay should discuss how you have used your blog to date this semester. What has been good about it? Bad? What has surprised you? Do you think it has helped you? How? Why? How would you like to use it for the rest of the semester? Why?

Academic writing is an argument that makes evidence based claims. We’re less concerned with the form (essay, song, poem), than with the integrity and quality of these three things.

Good writing is clear and explicit in how it answers these questions. The emphasis is on your critical thinking evidenced in your writing through the ideas you explore and how you use evidence. This is not an essay about being a blog fan (or not). If you don’t enjoy it, why? If you do, why? Good work uses more than opinion to make claims it relies on evidence.


Print the blog posts. Attach them to your essay. Attach your completed blog audit form. Submit (yes, on paper) with the usual cover sheet with your teacher’s name clearly on the cover sheet. The program name is your degree, the course is called Network Media, the course code is COMM2219, the lecturer name is Adrian Miles, the tutor/marker’s name is the name of your class teacher.

2014 Participation Assessment

Value: (30%)

Due: You complete a participation ‘diary’ every week in class.
An overall result is awarded in your last class (the week beginning October 13).


A participation diary is completed weekly in class. Participation is not the same as attendance. Participation consists of the activities you do in addition to attendance that contributes to your learning. The majority of these activities happens outside of class time, so is not visible to your teacher, but are essential to being able to engage with everything that network media involves.

You will receive progressive feedback about your participation mark in weeks 4, 8, and 12.

The weekly diary is a simple way to make explicit what you’ve done, outside of class, each week. There will audits to validate these diaries.

Submission: The participation diary will be completed at the beginning of every class and submitted. The diary will be compiled by your teacher and evaluated three times through the semester.