This assignment was developed for a cross-listed Film & Media Studies and Indigenous Studies course called Indigenous Film & Media (FMS302/702). This is a group project that asks students to reconcile visual and rhetorical messages within a discipline by creating an original meme which is situated in a relevant socio-historical context. Students will move through a critical design process in which they must consider their visual thesis, write a proposal and design a mock-up for their meme. Once the meme is created, students are encouraged to share it on a social media platform such as Instagram using a hashtag specific to their course. This step allows students the opportunity to consider their work in a larger context and how their positionality as the creator of the meme affects its consumption by viewers. The final step is to write a critical reflection on their experience as both a creator and consumer of information.
This assignment was the product of a KU Libraries Information Literacy Mini-Grant (ILMG). The mini-grants program pairs faculty with a team of librarians to redesign an assignment in an undergraduate course to meet an information literacy learning outcome. One outcome of the mini-grants program is to share information literacy assignment materials as an Open Educational Resource (OER).