Create a sound design for a children’s book. The design involves not only the audio content but also the playback and control system that allows the reader to trigger the sounds in a simple, asynchronous way.
Students create a one-minute long sound track that tells any story that they choose using only non-verbal sounds. The sound stories are then played for the class and everyone except the person who created the story tries to determine what happened. Following this discussion the story’s creator describes their intention for the action of the story. The class then discusses which aspects of the story communicated well and how to improve those that did not.
A rubric to grade crew and project work. The rubric focuses the instructor/student discussion towards encouraging behaviors that will help students be more successful in internships. This, hopefully, also helps students understand the importance of their practicum work.
We use this at midterm and final points in the semester.