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EDPX
4010, EMERGENT DIGITAL TOOLS
fall 2018, TH 9-11:50AM 
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course website:< http://professor.biotica.org/edpx4010 >
Instructor, Timothy Weaver,  <timothyweaver.org>
e-mail < tweaver2@du.edu> phone: 303.871.3279
University of Denver, Emergent Digital Practices
Shwayder Art Building, Rm #213,
office hrs: Thursday, 8AM-9AM (e-mail  confirmation)

c o u r s e . o v e r v i e w
Catalog description: This course serves as a primer on the tools essential to expression, sharing, and creation in digital mediums. This will include knowledge of web technologies, creative coding, video, audio, and the basic historical and theoretical contexts of each.  4.000 Credit Hours

Session description: This session of EDPX 4010 Emergent Digital Tools will build upon an understanding of the historical, technical, social and cultural contexts of (digital) tools. From this platform we will explore the design, development, application and emergence of digital tools, their usability, aesthetics, documentation, creative applications, community/networked dissemination and sharing.

This course provides the fundamental concepts of digital tools, including tool history, the study of digital components (software, hardware and firmware) and networks, how they function to solve problems, create new experiences and share information. Students will understand how software and hardware tools from the simple to the complex work together to create, maintain and disseminate systems and their content.

Technology used in this course will include various digital programming/application interfaces/environments, software authoring/coding, content creation, customization, hardware and electronics nodes & systems. The final objective of the class will be the construction, assembly, documentation and application of a digital toolkit for emergent individualized creative works and research.

c o u r s e . o b j e c t i v e s
theory | context | technique | critical dialogue | network | resource

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:: Introduce and expand the theoretical concepts that form the historical, technical and cultural foundations of analog and digital tools;
:: Build an evolving vocabulary and language for the definition, description, critical dialogue and analysis of tools, usability, access and networks/systems;

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:: Build insight into the cultural context that allows a perspective on the ubiquity of and interpretation of tools:

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Establish a progressing base of digital tools and technique for the design, architecture, simulation and implementation of creative works and systems;

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:: Foster a collective diversity of criticism that promotes experimentation, research, and affirmation of new creative thought, identity, and possibilities

:: Charge this environment with an atmosphere that challenges the dualistic assumptions of art and non-art as vectors for risk taking;

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Cultivate a symbiotic educational relationship among class participants which includes internal mentoring, bottom-up input, and collaborative materialization of work;

:: Develop an inclusive group environment for the questioning, discussion, and exploration of the potential directions and fate of contemporary new media artists and their work for the near future;

:: Initiate a collaborative and cooperative network among class participants for future creative endeavors outside the academic institution;

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:: Provide utilitarian resources as survival tools for  the  continuation of future art making endeavors from this group network; and

:: Establish a process for identification, description, search  and recovery for technical problem solving, exploration, assistance, collaboration and resolution resources that adds to the collective/networked knowledge base.

c o u r s e . p o l i c i e s
In order to meet course objectives the following requirements are critical to the attainment of an inclusive environment that is supportive to all participants:

class & critique attendance
Attendance is mandatory. 2 unexcused absences constitutes the drop of 1 letter grade for the course (3 lates=1 absence). An unexcused absence from any critique or critique segment (all critiques will likely span more that one session) will constitute the immediate drop of 1 letter grade for the course. Non-attendance at final critique/project presentation results in failing grade (F) for course.

disability and/or medical accommodation
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability or medical condition should contact the Disability Services Program to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  They are located on the 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall; 1999 E. Evans Ave.303.871. / 2372 / 2278/ 7432.  Information is also available on line at http://www.du.edu/disability/dsp; see the Handbook for Students with Disabilities.
 
Paperwork to arrange for disability and/or medical accommodation must be submitted to instructor by the end of week 1 of the course.

participation
Active and supportive participation in all project critiques, discussions, and presentations will be expected from all group members.quality of work
All creative work under consideration for critique or discussion under this course should be of a completed/finished quality that warrants the attention and respect of your cohorts. No excuses, or explanations.

g r a d i n g
Work will be graded on the basis of fulfillment of course requirements combined with an assessment of assigned work. This assessment will be weighed in terms of degree of effort, creativity, and individual growth through the session. Grades will be assigned according to the University Policy as follows:
A superior/excellent
B good/better than average
C competent/average
D minimum passing
F failing