learning journal

Individual Learning Journals are critical components of our online version of the class. Essentially, the Learning Journal is a reflective journal that chronicles your learning experiences with: a) the course objectives, b) assigned readings, c) individual assignments, d) community of fellow learners.

You are the expert on your own learning, and this class should be a kind of journey. The Learning Journal is intended to give you an opportunity to reflectively capture that journey. Please feel free to chronicle the problems and failures (e.g. readings you had difficulty with, concepts that didn’t make sense, assignments that didn’t seem to work for you) as well as your successes.

The Learning Journal in this class is private.  Only you and the instructor can read the entries. Email or share with me your journal. YOUR JOURNAL ENTRIES ARE DUE by 11:59pm, Saturdays.

  • Your submissions must use in-text quote and paraphrases from the course readings. ***CITE CORRECTLY***
  • Your submission should be at least 200 words.
  • In beginning posts, state your personal learning goal for the assignment/readings of the week as a way to make your learning “authentic.”
  • Explain what ‘big idea,’ concept or issue from this week had the greatest impact on your thinking. Why?
  • Explain how this idea, concept, or issue will influence your practice as a scholar and/or storyteller going forward.
  • In concluding posts, summarize your learning by synthesizing, analyzing, and reflecting on what you learned and how you did it.
  • How have your ideas and opinions evolved as a result of our discussions? How has your participation in our discussions impacted you personally?
  • Periodically review our course objectives and reflect on what you are learning.


To become savvy transmedia storytellers by:

  • demonstrating a critical awareness of the cultural effects transmedia storytelling and transmedia branding.
  • showing an understanding of the affordances and constraints of the different modes and channels for storytelling in today’s digital media environment.
  • creating stories that entertain and are coherent across multiple media platforms.
  • demonstrating a solid awareness of transmedia storytelling theory and applying that theory to the creation and analysis of transmedia stories.