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

    • ML Week Schedule 2021

    • Forming Digital Disciples Syllabus

    • Daily Homework Explanation

    • Final Project Explanation

    • What is Media Literacy?

    • Before we begin...

    • Challenging Issues Survey ANSWER BY FRIDAY AM August 6th

  • 02

    Catechetical Foundation and Media Literacy Education

    • VIDEO - Intro and Catechetical Foundation

    • Directory for Catechesis excerpts

    • NDC Media Literacy Excerpts

    • Christus Vivit - Apostolic Exhortation to Young People

    • NAMLE Core Principles of MLE

    • Digital Transformation Video used in presentation

    • Slides from Catechetical Foundations presentation

  • 03

    Church and Media

    • Video of Church & Media Session

    • Church and Media Slides

    • Additional reading : Censoring the Silver Screen

  • 04

    Praying the Media

    • Video of Media Spirituality Session

    • Media Spirituality slides

    • Praying the News

    • 18th Sunday Prayer Service

    • 18th Sunday Prayer Service Links

    • Lent Media Prayer Example

    • Canticle of Praise for the Media

    • Litany for Media Mindfulness

    • Litany of Media Saints for Media Mindfulness

    • Online Resources

  • 05

    Cultural Mysticism: Theology of Popular Culture

    • Cultural Mysticism Session video

    • Cultural Mysticism slides

    • Recommended READING: A Sacred Look Introduction

    • Recommended READING: Spiritual Frontiers of Film

  • 06

    Philosophies of the Media

    • Philosophies of Media Session video

    • Philosophy of the Media slides

    • PHILOSOPHY CHART MULTIPLE CHOICE 10

    • SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY CHART filled out with answers

  • 07

    Media Literacy: What Is It?

    • Media Literacy What Is It Session video

    • Media Literacy What Is It Slides

    • Links to videos used in presentation

    • 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy Deconstruction

    • 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy Construction

    • Key Questions Expanded from CML

    • Key Questions from Project Look Sharp

    • Media Literacy Website Links

  • 08

    Digital Literacy

    • Video of Digital Literacy Class

    • Digital Literacy slides

    • Links used in presentation

  • 09

    Media Mindfulness

    • Video of Media Mindfulness Class

    • Media Mindfulness Slides

    • Media Mindfulness Wheel2

    • Links to videos used in presentation

    • Sample Media Survey for Students

    • Media Mindfulness Introduction

    • Media Mindfulness Chapter One

    • Media Mindfulness Chapter 3 Advertising

  • 10

    Media Literacy Education Theory/Praxis

    • VIDEO ML Education Theories

    • MLE Theory and Praxis slides

    • Education Theories Chart

    • Maria Montessori video

    • John Dewey video

    • Paulo Freire video

    • Jean Piaget video

    • Lev Vygotsky video

    • Len Masterman video

    • Lady Bird Trailer

  • 11

    Character Education and the Media

    • Video Character Education

    • Character Education slides

    • Pepsi Commercial

    • Spider Man hero clip

    • Sesame Street Empathy

    • Facebook Parenting

  • 12

    Praying the News Prayer for Wednesday

    • Praying the News Format PDF

    • Links for Praying the News

  • 13

    Living Virtuously Through Social Media

    • Video Virtues and Social Media Class

    • 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

    • Family Media Pledge

  • 14

    Pop Music and Media Mindfulness

    • Video Pop Music class

    • Theology of Pop Music slides

    • Recommended Reading Secular Music Sacred Theology

    • Recommended Reading Soul of Hip Hop

    • Recommended Reading on Faith and Pop Music

  • 15

    Praying for Celebrities

    • Praying for Celebrities Handout

  • 16

    Catholic Social Teaching and the Media

    • Video of Catholic Social Teaching class

    • Catholic Social Teaching and Media slides

    • Catholic Social Teaching NAMLE presentation

  • 17

    How to Read a Film

    • Video of How to Read a Film / History of Cinema

    • History of Cinema slides

    • How to Read a Film slides

    • The Searchers Epic Hope

    • How to Review a Film

  • 18

    Cinema Divina

    • Burrow Cinema Divina Guide

  • 19

    Morality and the Media

    • Video Morality and Media Class

    • Morality and Media Slides

    • Link to Ethics and the Internet Document

    • Examen for My Online Life

    • Helpful Links

    • Links to videos used in this presentation

    • Media Mindfulness Chapter 9 MM and the Internet

  • 20

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation of 2021 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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