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Miami student's digital work in inaugural e-journal

03/23/2010

A digital storytelling project by Ye Zi, a sophomore at Miami University, is one of five multimedia projects selected for publication in the inaugural issue of TheJUMP, The Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects.

A digital storytelling project by Ye Zi, a sophomore at Miami University, is one of five multimedia projects selected for publication in the inaugural issue of TheJUMP, The Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects.

Zi, a marketing major and international business minor from China, created “The Smiling Star: Laybur” for her English for International Students class last fall. The course was taught by Felice Marcus, English as a Second Language instructor and director of the English department’s academic preparation and culture program.

One editorial reviewer response to Zi’s work states, “The purpose of this video is not dramatic irony, critical insight, or snarky commentary. These are valuable, commendable purposes, and multimodal composition is well-suited to such goals....what Zi offers is a refreshing, poetic representation of a difficult, transitional time. Instead of a story of dissonance, it is one of connection and fluidity: thematically, visually, musically, and, again, emotionally. We ought not forget that multimodal composition offers opportunities for these stories, too.”

“The best part I like about my project is the music,” Zi said. “Because I play oboe, and music is an important part of my life back in China and here at Miami, I did a lot of clipping and editing of the music for ‘Smiling Star,’ and I was focused on making the emotion of music and words come together.”

TheJUMP is an electronic journal that provides an outlet for digital/multimedia projects occurring in undergraduate courses and provides a pedagogical resource for teachers working with “new media,” according to the editors.

“Pairing this emphasis with the student reflection/rationale and the critical responses by editorial collective members should allow for a more dynamic and richer engagement than merely being an e-scholarship repository,” said general editor Justin Hodgson, assistant professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

To view “The Smiling Star: Laybur” and TheJUMP online, go to http://jump.dwrl.utexas.edu/content/smiling-star-laybur.

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