Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Presentation Tools

"New kinds of electronic tools are emerging that allow instructors to craft presentations that more closely reflect new approaches to teaching and learning. For instance, many of these tools allow collaboration between multiple authors, and some use nonlinear branching or sequencing so that class discussion can guide the presentation. Presentation tools based on new models of representing information also encourage instructors to rethink learning activities in ways that can improve learning. These tools might also bring about a more thorough merging of in-person and remote classroom audiences."

- Denise Horoky, 2010, Educause
 

Resources

7 Things You Should Know About Next-Generation Presentation Tools

Consider for Video:

  • Write out a script first
  • Average 150 words spoken per minute
  • 15 minute video = about 2200 words
  • 10 minute video = about 1500 words

 

Various Tools

Powerpoint / Slideshare / Keynote

10 Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations
  1. Train Before Trying
  2. Presentation First, PowerPoint Second
  3. Know Your Audience
  4. Tell a Story
  5. Show It, Don't Write It
  6. Embrace Color -- Carefully
  7. Follow the Rule of 10
  8. Keep It Short
  9. Keep It Legible
  10. Skip It Altogether

Excellent article: Presentation Zen: What Is Good PowerPoint Design?

Your Powerpoint/Keynote slides can be put up online through a slide sharing application such as Slideshare.

Programs:
Keynote (PowerPoint alternative)
Prezi

 

 

Infographics

Infographics describe a wide range of graphics used to display complex amounts of data and/or ideas.
 

Articles:
7 Things You Should Know About Infographic Creation Tools

Tools:
Powerpoint
Microsoft Office SmartArt
Infogr.am (Online)
Visual.ly (Online)

Example:
Infographics Showcase
The Ballad of the Librarian and the Infographic: A Tale of Data Visualization

 

 

 

Lecture Capture

Lecture capture - describes any technology that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally.
 

Articles:
Exploding the Lecture
7 Things You Should Know About Lecture Capture

 

 

Nearpod

Nearpod allows an instructor to create an interactive classroom "powerpoint" presentation that can then be shared with students on their mobile devices or computers. You control the pace of the presentation in the classroom as students follow along on their devices.

Interactive elements can be seamlessly added to the presentation such as: videos, browsing websites, Q&A, and polls.

 

 

Podcasting

Any software and hardware combination that permits automatic downloading of audio files to an MP3 player for listening at the user's convenience. Part of the appeal of podcasting is the ease with which audio content can be created, distributed, and downloaded from the Web.

Otis already has a very active iTunes U site with many audio podcasts. Using Garage Band, podcasts are very easy to create and post. This could be an excellent way to deliver lecture content in an online or blended course.

The TLC has a lot of expertise in this area.

More Information:
7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting
 
 

 

Screencasting

Screencasts, or screen capture, is a wonderful way to take students through a complicated process. You can record whatever is happening on your computer screen with an added narration.
  •     walk students through a website
  •     demo software available on your computer
  •     use a webcam - record yourself
  •     practice problem solving

Screencasts can be used for presentations, learning objects, how tos, asynchronous communication, and whatever else you can think of. They do not have to be as polished and professional as learning objects.

More on screencasts.

Software
Screenr is a free tool that lets you record up to 5 minutes. As long as you are up to date on Flash and Java, there are no related downloads. Also, you can choose whether to record the entire screen or just a portion.

Jing is another popular screencasting tool for Mac and PCs. It does require downloading and installing additional software.
 

 

UStream

Ustream is an interactive web streaming platform that lets users broadcast their own channels on the Ustream network or on a third-party website such as Facebook.

7 Things You Should Know About Ustream
Otis Project (Example) Otis Radio: Top Secret

 

 

 Voki

Storytelling tool you can use to make a podcast with simple animated characters.

Check out more on the Official Voki Blog for tips/practices from faculty users.

 

 

VoiceThread

Media aggregator that allows people to post media artifacts which might be a document, a slide presentation, a video, or a collection of photos for community feedback.

7 Things You Should Know About VoiceThread

 

 

Toondoo

A site that let's you create your own online graphic cartoons.

SignUp is Free and also available as an iPAD app.

 

 

Thinglink

“It’s an innovative way to introduce the album cover to the public and have it be dynamic, not just a static image. To have video & audio accompany the image really helps connect the marketing and the social tie in is a big plus.” - Thanh Nguyen,
Digital Marketing, Atlantic Records

Students could use this as a tool to tag an image with their analysis, for faculty to highlight key aspects of an image, or explain a chart.
 

 

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