Practice Wix Assignment

Introduction

This assignment is designed as a low-stakes way to practice three things:

  1. Using Wix.com
  2. Citing images, audio, and video sources formally
  3. Finding and deploying images licensed by Creative Commons

Assignment

Create a new site at Wix.com that includes, at a minimum, the following things:

  1. 3 pages, which must have the following titles: “Introduction,” “Media,” and “Credits”
  2. On your introduction page, add a text box explaining that this is a practice site, and add one image licensed by Creative Commons.
  3. On your media page, include each of these items:
    1. Another image licensed by Creative Commons
    2. An embedded video from YouTube.com
    3. An embedded sound from Soundcloud.com
  4. On your credits page, include a text box with formal citations of your images, video, and sound using MLA or APA style, plus one more image licensed by Creative Commons.

The images, sounds, and videos you include may be related to your final project, but they don’t have to. Right now, I’m most interested in your technical abilities, not the objects you choose.

If you like, you may include other things on your pages. Feel free to be creative and play around.

If you like, you can think of this practice site as the first steps on your final project. For instance, your final project can look the same as this practice site, with the same design and fonts and images. (You can always make a copy of your practice site and use that copy as the basis of your final project: log into Wix, click “My Account” at the top of the page, click “Manage and Edit Site” next to your practice site, then click “Duplicate Site.”)

Due Date and Submission

Before class begins on Friday, November 22, add a post to your blog that links to your practice Wix site. Be sure to write at least one sentence on your blog post explaining to readers what they will find when they click the link.

Assessment

This is a practice assignment. Therefore, any submission that follows the requirements listed above will receive a 20/20 in the Small Assignments category. If you include all the requirements but make 1 to 3 small mistakes (e.g. you only include 2 images or make a mistake on your citations), you can still receive a 17/20. If you make many small mistakes (evidence of quick or shoddy work), you’ll receive no more than a 13/20.

Copyright Concerns

People often ask me how we’ll handle copyright concerns when we publish websites on Wix. Here are the copyright guidelines you should follow, both for this assignment and for the final project:

Images

  • If you make images yourself from scratch (a painting, a photo you took): no citation necessary, no copyright notice necessary
  • If you use a copyrighted image in any way (a screenshot, something from Google Images, something you blended with other images in Photoshop): cite it on your credits page, and write a fair use statement
  • If you use an image licensed by Creative Commons (probably from Flickr.com, using their advanced search): cite it on your credits page, but don’t write a fair use statement

Audio

  • If you find something on Soundcloud.com that someone else uploaded (i.e. it’s not linked to your account) and you want to embed it on your site: cite it, but no copyright notice necessary
  • If you make a sound and host it on your own Soundcloud account, follow these steps:
    • If you record yourself talking or playing an instrument and include no other sounds: no citation necessary, no copyright notice necessary
    • If you create a new sound that uses copyrighted sounds in any way (music, sound effects): cite it on your credits page, and write a fair use statement
    • If you create a new sound that uses sounds that were created by you or licensed by Creative Commons (perhaps from freesound.org, Jamendo.com, or Soundcloud): cite it on your credits page, but don’t write a fair use statement

Video

  • If you find something on YouTube that someone else uploaded (i.e. it’s not linked to your account) and you want to embed it on your site: cite it, but no copyright notice necessary
  • If you make a video and host it on your own YouTube account, follow these steps:
    • If you record yourself talking or playing an instrument and include no other sounds or clips: no citation necessary, no copyright notice necessary
    • If you create a new video that uses copyrighted video clips or sounds in any way: cite it on your credits page, and write a fair use statement
    • If you create a new video that uses video clips or sounds that were all created by you or licensed by Creative Commons: cite it on your credits page, but don’t write a fair use statement

Tips

  • To find images licensed by Creative Commons, I suggest you start at http://search.creativecommons.org/, which will send you to various sites that allow you to search for only CC-licensed content. It’s also okay to start at Flickr.com and use their advanced search to search only for Creative Commons images.
  • Citation help: citing multimedia objects is hard! I’ll update this space later with Here are the best practices for citing images, audio, and video using MLA and APA format.
    • MLA
      • Use the standard format for citing a website, but include a note about what kind of file it is immediately after the title. Some examples:
      • Citing this YouTube video:
        • Code for America. “CfA Summit 2013 | Clay Shirky | Keynote.” Online video. YouTube. YouTube, 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.
      • Citing this audio clip from SoundCloud:
        • Bristol Festival of Ideas. “Clay Shirky 30 June 2010.” Online audio. SoundCloud. SoundCloud, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.
      • Citing this image from Flickr:
        • Les Rencontres RSLN. “Clay Shirky @ Rencontres RSLN.” Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo!, 31 Jan. 2011. Web. 15 Nov. 2013.
    • APA
  • If you’re having trouble using Wix, check out some of their support, which is really good. If you’d like to watch me create a draft of this assignment, which is up at this page, you can watch this video (embedded below). I know it’s long, but I wanted the video to answer possible problems and questions you might have. Warning: this video and site reflect an earlier version of this assignment, so not everything I say will apply to you; follow the assignment guidelines listed on this page, not those mentioned in the video. 
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