In 2018, I inherited the Intro to Computing course for Samford’s evening college. My goal was to completely revise the course to make it relevant for adult learners, and move from a traditional approach to a project-based approach. 

Since this is a 100 level course, I incorporated elements that will aid the learners in completing future coursework as well as their final capstone project.

Course Objectives:

1. Display understanding of digital literacy concepts (ISTE 1)
2. Recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. (ISTE 2)
3. Accurately evaluate online content to construct knowledge. (ISTE 3)
4. Deploy a variety of technologies within a design process to solve problems by creating new, useful, and imaginative solutions. (ISTE 4)
5. Communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital media appropriate to their goals (ISTE 6)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2018 Student Standards

Course Artifacts

Course Introduction Video (Jan 2020). Created using PowerPoint and Camtasia.

Introduce Yourself Video Post created using Vyond animated video maker.


Using Badgr, I created digital badges for each concept within the course.

In this assignment, you select a mentor text that interests you and develop a critical analysis of it, using your interpretation of the work. 

Choose a Mentor Text/Media. A mentor text is defined as a work of communication that is used to inspire or generate creative work. Your mentor text should be relevant, interesting and important to you.

Choose a Medium: Select one of the following options for producing your project.

  • Compose a blog post
  • Compose a short video
  • Compose a podcast
  • Compose an animated video

Whatever medium you choose, your creative work will provide a summary and critical analysis of the mentor text, developing an interpretation of the work as informed by concepts from the readings.

Consider the Five Critical Questions (from Create to Learn chapter 4)

1. Who is the author and what is the purpose?
2. What techniques are used to attract and hold attention?
3. What lifestyles, values and points of view are represented?
4. How might different people interpret the message?
5. What is omitted?

Compose and Share. Consider your target audience as members of this class plus other educational and library professionals with interest in the subject matter of your mentor text. Submit your completed work below and upload the work to your blog. If you completed a video, you may upload to YouTube and post the link below.

Criteria for Evaluation (30 points)

1. You have composed a high-quality work that combines critical analysis with careful description of the mentor text content and format, quoting from the work as appropriate
2. You have used at least one concept or ideas from the readings that help you offer original insight on the work.
3. Your work is well-organized, offering an authentic interpretation of the mentor text. You have expressed a personal and professional stance using reasoning and evidence through your critical analysis. Your work inspires intellectual curiosity in the content of your mentor text.
4. Your work demonstrates a strategic understanding of key features of the medium you have chosen (blog, video, podcast).

You may refer to Create to Learn chapter 4 for additional information. 


Textbook example (child’s makeup tutorial)

Here is an excellent example of a completed project. (Mazda car ad)

How the student posted the project on her career portfolio

Another example using the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Module 2 Discussion: Creativity vs. Innovation


Estimated completion time: 2 hrs.

Are you creative or an innovator?

These terms are often used interchangeably, but are very different. Watch the video below to learn more.

Source: (3 min. 23 sec.)

Prepare a reply sharing:

  • Your overall reflection on the video
  • Whether you tend to be more creative or an innovator
  • What you learned about yourself in the video
  • Two or three ways you can apply what you learned to your professional life

You may choose the format for your reply. Refer to the Digital Tools, Templates, & Examples page for options and tutorials.

  • 3-5 min. narrated powerpoint
  • 3 min. video using Arc or Adobe Spark
  • 2 paragraph written reply
  • 3 min. Animated video

Upload your response below. If you used YouTube to host your video, post the link below.

Post a thoughtful reply to at least two (2) other posts.


Optional resource: Create to Learn chapter 5

E-Portfolio Project Overview

For your final project, you will create an online portfolio of the work completed in this class. Select a cloud-based web development platform (Wix, WordPress, etc.) to host your portfolio. 

During the semester you will be required to write 6 reflection journal entries in the form of a blog on your website. Posts can consist of lessons learned while working on your projects, desirable vs. non-desirable aspects of the multimedia technology used in class, and comparisons to other technology options you have utilized on similar projects. Each Journal entry will be given 10 points. Points will be assigned at the end of the semester as part of the final grade of your Portfolio Project.

Here is my student portfolio. I used to create this site. It was completely free and easy to use. (If you want a personalized domain name, there is a cost involved.)

Here is an excellent example  of a student-created portfolio from the University of Rhode Island.

NOTE: I have included your final project rubric to give you an idea of what I’m looking for in your project.



Digital Tools, Templates, & Examples

Wix Tutorial for Beginners

WordPress for Beginners

Create to Learn Ch. 7 (Blogs and Websites)

How to Create an E-Portfolio That’ll Make Everyone Want to Hire You

Career Portfolio Resources from The Balance

Introduce Yourself Video Post


Estimated completion time: 30 minutes

Let’s get to know each other and have a little fun! Instead of the same old introduction post, you can choose how you want to complete this assignment.

Select one of the following methods to introduce yourself

  1. Create an animated video using Vyond or PowToon
  2. Record a video using Adobe Spark, iMovie, or other video tool
  3. Record a selfie video

Unleash your inner creativity!

For Info on using the tools listed above, visit the  Digital Tools, Templates, & Examples page.

This video will be included on you e-portfolio About page.


Share a little about yourself with the class. Ideas include:

  1. Your profession
  2. What you do for fun
  3. Your major
  4. Why you chose Samford’s professional studies program
  5. Your future goals
  6. What you hope to gain from this course

Post your response then reply to each person’s post.

My introduction video using Vyond.

Student Testimonials


One of the most valuable skills I have learned in this class is research, including where to find legitimate, reliable online sources, how to analyze them, how to properly cite to a source, and how to use the information I find to communicate my ideas in a meaningful way.



Jan Term 2020


ECCO100 has been a great look into technology, digital media, digital literacy, and all of the options to be able to create both functional and fun digital content. I have loved getting to advance my skills and interact with fellow students as well.



Jan 2020