Digital Media Projects

Over seventy students recently completed the year-long CT231 module in Professional Skills. For their final Digital Media Projects, students were asked to develop a resource for an audience beyond their own class and university, choosing whatever form of digital media they wished — blog, video, audio, app, etc. The range of topics was impressive — spanning music, dance, sport and fitness, Irish history and legend, education, gaming, social media, computers, computer science and information technology. Students also were asked to publish their projects openly online, using only their own work or openly-licensed content, and to make their work available with a Creative Commons license. Students shared their work via social media using #ct231, our course hashtag, as well as #icollab, the hashtag shared by the 7 student cohorts (from Galway to Auckland, NZ) who share their work in the iCollab community of practice.

All of the projects were interesting — a few which attracted particular attention in the form of comments, shares and retweets were:

Please check out the work produced by CT231 students below. Your feedback would be much appreciated!

Social Media, Games & Digital Literacy

Console Wars: PS4 vs. Xbox [blog] – Cathal Kelly

Mything the Point – hoax busting [blog] – Ross Clifford, Adam Long, Christopher Ward

Effects of social media on young people [blog] – Shane Martino Daly, Andrew McGinley

How news spreads fast through social media [blog] – Ronan Carr, Mark Nallen, Anthony Ruffley

Unholy Trinity Productions: What’s going on in Crimea? [web comic] – Conor McDonnell, Darren Dennehy, David Smyth

Car Content audio podcasts: next generation technology – Ryan Hehir, Thomas Keane

Computers, Computer Science & Information Technology

Turn an old PC into a LAMP server [blog] – Gareth Jennings

Mass Mural: collaborative drawing app [drawing application] – Adrian Cooney

Replace the LCD panel in a laptop – David Renton, Evan Preisler

How to build your own PC [blog] – Matthew Fox, Cathal Hardiman

Smart homes and smartgrid [blog] – David Heffernan, Shane Sheridan

Procedural tree generation & animation – Alex Lorenz


Guitar modding & customisation [blog] – Dylan Toner

Guitar tutorial – Aaron Kelly

Learn piano basics [blog] – Daniel Marcelo

Find the chords of any song [blog with videos] – Sean McLoughlin, Christopher Eluvathingal

Piano lesson – Brian Carroll

Music technology today [blog] – Martin Donnellan, Matthew Flanagan

Ireland, Galway & Student Life

Irish History, Myth & Legend [interactive map] – Jerry Lehane

GalwayDays – Galway events, interests, shopping, eating [blog] – Monika Penkova

Dansoc – NUI Galway [blog] – Claire Sheridan

Jogging routes around Galway – Shane Curtin

Having an enjoyable college experience – Darren Higgins, Sean Hughes, Michael Losty

TV & movie reviews [blog] – Michael Dowling, Kevin O’Sullivan, Kyle Lynch-Kurzawa

Real dinners – on a student budget [blog] – Enda McDaid

Learning & Education

Encouraging girls involvement in IT [blog] – Ailbhe Leahy

ICT in primary school education [blog] – Greg Hanley, Mosi Ruane

Tutorial testout – testing various web tutorials [blog] – Luke Finnerty

Video lectures – a trial – Nils Blosenko, Thomas McGarry

Health, Fitness & Sport

Computer injuries help [blog] – Lydia Shirly, Matthew Hallinan, Alex McElhinney

Few Pints, Be Grand? – dangers of excessive drinking [blog] – Patrick Gallagher

Exercise and fitness [videos] – Aaron McGloin, Nigel McIntyre

4 sports [blog] – Seán Collum, Niall Martin, Breandán ÓConghaile, Shane O’Rourke

IT and food safety, production & delivery [blog] – Andy Yuan, Xingtian Du

The Future

Motoring into the Future [blog] – Anthony Jackson



Assignment #5: Digital Media Project

Assignment #5 is your final Digital Media Project. There are three milestones: the project proposal, the 1st draft of the project, and the final project. Detailed requirements are explained in the assignment document — please review these carefully.


30th January – Submit your project proposal by posting on the wiki in Blackboard. I will provide feedback there.

3rd March – Complete the 1st draft of your project; share it to receive feedback.

27th March – Complete the final version of your project, share it online and submit a 1-page report on Blackboard.


Assignment #4: Presentation

Assignment #4 is due on the date assigned to you — please see the schedule on Blackboard (presentation dates are spread between late January and late March).

Assignment #4 is an in-class presentation based on your research topic from the 1st term. Please see the presentation resources in the post below (or click the tag presentations) for plenty of helpful advice. Post questions here in the blog, on Twitter (using #ct231) or contact Catherine.

During class on January 23rd, students collaborated in class to create the presentation marking guidelines which will be used to assess the presentations:


  • clear structure: beginning – middle – end

  • ideas flow from one to another


  • accurate, true and up-to-date

  • aimed at appropriate level (2nd year IT)

  • original (not someone else’s presentation/story)


  • relevant images/pictures (not text-dense)

  • Creative Commons-licensed  images (citing CC license information)

  • no bullet points

  • colour
  • 20 slides – no more, no less


  • interactive / engage the audience

  • speak clearly

  • show your in-depth knowledge & your interest!

  • don’t learn the presentation by rote (can use brief notes)

Assignment #2: Report

=> Link for Assignment #2 due on October 22nd

Assignment #2 is a written report, based on the research you have begun already for your chosen topic.

You’ll find helpful writing advice and guidance on the WRAP page. We will have a hands-on writing workshop in class next week (October 1st), during which time you’ll explore examples of summarising, paraphrasing, quoting and citing references — and have a chance to practice these, share ideas and ask questions. In addition, we’ll create the rubric (or marking guidelines) for this assignment in class next week, so that everyone will have a voice in determining how this assignment will be marked.

Assignment #1: Annotated Bibliography

=> Link for Assignment #1 due on September 24th

Assignment #1 is an Annotated Bibliography. An annotated bibliography is simply a summary of your research. The advantage of doing an annotated bibliography in this course is that you’ll get a chance to dig into your research first, before worrying about writing a full report (Assignment #2). You’ll also get to practice how to construct academic citations.

There are 3 parts to Assignment #1:

  1. Choose a research topic
  2. Create your Twitter account  for use in this class & follow @CT231
  3. Write an Annotated Bibliography based on your research for your topic

We’ll be collaborating to create one, single, crowd-sourced Annotated Bibliography with entries from everyone’s research (!). Each student will post two entries to our CT231 Annotated Bibliography on Google Drive. All of the required instructions are in the Assignment #1 link above. This link also contains links to the two key resources you’ll need for the assignment: