Course Description

Sr. Nancy Usselmann, FSP is the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles, CA and a Media Literacy Education Specialist. She is an international speaker, theologian, film reviewer, and blogger for bemediamindful.org and Catholicmom.com. Her award-winning book "A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics" is a theology of popular culture. She has degrees in Communications Arts and a Masters in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Sr Nancy is an executive board member of CIMA (Catholics in Media Associates) and a member of NAMLE (National Association of Media Literacy Educators), SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communicators) and THEOCOM (Theology and Communications in Dialogue).

Sr Nancy Usselmann, FSP

Director

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the Course!

    • Virtual Advanced Certification Course in Media Literacy and Faith Formation

    • Forming Digital Disciples Syllabus

    • ML Week Schedule 2020

    • What is Media Literacy?

    • Before we begin...

    • VIDEO of Introduction and CATECHETICAL FOUNDATIONS

  • 02

    Catechetical Foundation and Media Literacy Education

    • NDC Media Literacy Excerpts

    • Christus Vivit - Apostolic Exhortation to Young People

    • NAMLE Core Principles of MLE

    • Media Mindfulness Introduction

    • Media Mindfulness Chapter One

    • Did You Know 2019 Video

    • Homework Questions for Session One Catechetical Foundations

    • Challenging Issues Survey ANSWER BY FRIDAY AM JULY 24TH

    • Slides from Catechetical Foundations presentation

  • 03

    Cultural Mysticism: Theology of Popular Culture

    • VIDEO of session CULTURAL MYSTICISM

    • Cultural Mysticism slides

    • Required READING: A Sacred Look Introduction

    • Required READING: Spiritual Frontiers of Film

    • HOMEWORK Cultural Mysticism DUE Mon, July 20th 4pm PT

  • 04

    Church and Media

    • The Church and Media QUIZ

    • VIDEO of CHURCH AND MEDIA

    • Church and Media Slides

    • ASSIGNMENT-Church and Media DUE by THURS, JULY 23rd

    • Recommended reading : Censoring the Silver Screen

  • 05

    Philosophies of the Media

    • VIDEO session PHILOSOPHIES OF THE MEDIA

    • Philosophy of the Media slides

    • PHILOSOPHY CHART MULTIPLE CHOICE 10

    • SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY CHART with blanks

    • HOMEWORK for Philosophies of the Media - DUE Thurs, July 23rd

    • SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY CHART filled out with answers

  • 06

    Praying the Media

    • VIDEO session MEDIA SPIRITUALITY

    • Media Spirituality slides

    • Praying the News

    • 16th Sunday Prayer Service

    • Lent Media Prayer

    • Online Resources

    • Canticle of Praise for the Media

    • Litany of Media Saints for Media Mindfulness

    • Litany of Saints for Media Mindfulness

  • 07

    Media Literacy: What Is It?

    • VIDEO session of MEDIA LITERACY WHAT IS IT

    • Media Literacy What Is It Slides

    • 5 Key Questions and Core Concepts of Media Literacy

    • Links to videos used in presentation

    • Media Literacy Website Links

    • Homework Due by Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm ET, 4pm PT

  • 08

    Media Mindfulness

    • VIDEO session MEDIA MINDFULNESS

    • Media Mindfulness Slides

    • Media Mindfulness Wheel2

    • Links to videos used in presentation

    • Media Mindfulness Chapter 3 Advertising

    • NEW as of July 21 Homework for Media Mindfulness Session Due Friday July 24th before 1st session

  • 09

    Media Literacy Education Theory/Praxis

    • VIDEO session on MLE THEORY & PRAXIS Pt 1

    • VIDEO session on MLE THEORY & PRAXIS Pt 2

    • MLE Theory and Praxis slides

    • Education Theories Chart

    • HOMEWORK for Media Education Theories and Media Literacy Education DUE Sat, July 25th

  • 10

    How to Read a Film

    • VIDEO session HISTORY CINEMA/HOW TO READ FILM

    • History of Cinema slides

    • How to Read a Film slides

    • The Searchers Epic Hope

    • HOMEWORK for History of Film and How to Read a Film DUE Sat, July 25th

    • How to Review a Film

  • 11

    Pop Music and Media Mindfulness

    • VIDEO session POP MUSIC MEDIA MINDFULNESS

    • Theology of Pop Music slides

    • Required Reading Secular Music Sacred Theology

    • Required Reading Soul of Hip Hop

    • Recommended Reading on Faith and Pop Music

  • 12

    Catholic Social Teaching and the Media

    • VIDEO session CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING AND MEDIA

    • Catholic Social Teaching and Media slides

    • HOMEWORK Catholic Social Teaching DUE Sat, July 25th 11am

  • 13

    Living Virtuously Through Social Media

    • VIDEO session LIVING VIRTUOUSLY THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

    • Living Virtuously Through Social Media slides

    • Front THINK card

    • Be Attitudes of Social Media card

    • online life exam

    • Examine online life back

    • My Social Media Pledge

  • 14

    Cinema Divina

    • The Neighbor's Window Cinema Divina Guide

  • 15

    Morality and the Media

    • VIDEO session of MORALITY AND THE MEDIA

    • Morality and Media Slides

    • Link to Ethics and the Internet Document

    • Homework Questions for Morality & Media Due by 9pm Monday July 27th

    • Examen for My Online Life

    • Helpful Links

    • Links to videos used in this presentation

  • 16

    Presentation of FINAL PROJECTS

    • VIDEO session of FINAL PROJECTS PART 1

    • VIDEO session of FINAL PROJECTS PART 2

    • VIDEO session FINAL PROJECTS PART 3

  • 17

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation of 2020 Virtual Advanced Media Literacy Course

Reviews

Claire Carley

5 star rating

“This class is an all encompassing view of what media is and how we as Catholics should be consuming and using it. Would definitely recommend for any teachers, catechists, or parents!”

“This class is an all encompassing view of what media is and how we as Catholics should be consuming and using it. Would definitely recommend for any teachers, catechists, or parents!”

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Mary Reinhardt

5 star rating

“Taking part in this course was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned to understand how the tangible points to the invisible Divine in film and to connect that sacramentality to everyday life. I will be able to use the wisdom and skills...”

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“Taking part in this course was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned to understand how the tangible points to the invisible Divine in film and to connect that sacramentality to everyday life. I will be able to use the wisdom and skills obtained in this course in every aspect of ministry in which I engage.”

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christina pulido

5 star rating

“Vital, indispensable for twenty-first century faith formation. ”

“Vital, indispensable for twenty-first century faith formation. ”

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Sr Laura Brown

4 star rating

“Informative, pastoral and practical course on Media Literacy. A must for DRE's and parish educators...”

“Informative, pastoral and practical course on Media Literacy. A must for DRE's and parish educators...”

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