I’ll be teaching a one-credit online course this summer (beginning June 2016): CSE 698: Publishing in the Digital Age. This will be a fun class, focusing heavily on all the changes in how information and entertainment is distributed — not just with the printed word, but with music, video, and even comics. While it’s part of the Educational Technology Master’s program here at WOU, you don’t need to be in that program to take it. Here’s the description from the syllabus (which is still being fleshed out):
CSE 698: Publishing in the Digital Age (1) covers the profound technological changes affecting the world of publishing, not just with the printed word, but in the arenas of music, video, and elsewhere. Before the invention of the Guttenberg Press, publishing as we know it today did not exist, and yet now anyone with an Internet connection can reach a potential audience of millions with the click of a button. Self-publishing ebooks, uploading videos to YouTube, recording music in a garage and uploading songs to iTunes—for today’s creator, the options are nearly unlimited. What does it mean to publish? That Latin root of the word publish means “to make public,” but is it more than that? Is a potential artist or scholar better off today going direct to his or her audience when possible, or is there value in using traditional gatekeepers? What do all of these changes mean for the reader, the listener, and the viewer? What role can the technologist play in helping creators navigate the confusing array of choices? Through readings, discussion forums, online investigations, and individual projects, this course will attempt to answer such questions. The technology used in direct publishing will also be explored and evaluated.