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

    • ZOOM LINK for all class times

    • Media Literacy Course Schedule 2022

    • Forming Digital Disciples Syllabus

    • Daily Homework Explanation

    • Final Project Explanation

    • Final Project Proposal Form

    • What is Media Literacy?

    • Survey to fill out before classes begin

  • 02

    Catechetical Foundation and Media Literacy Education

    • 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

    • Video of Catechetical Foundations presentation

  • 03

    Media Literacy: What Is It?

    • Media Literacy What Is It Slides

    • Video of Media Literacy What is it class

    • 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

  • 04

    Media Spirituality

    • Media Spirituality slides

    • Video of Media Spirituality class

    • Praying the News

    • 18th Sunday Prayer Service

    • 18th Sunday Prayer Service Links

    • Lent Media Prayer Example

    • Cinema Divina Introduction

    • 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 slides

    • Video of Cultural Mysticism class

    • Recommended READING: A Sacred Look Introduction

    • Recommended READING: Spiritual Frontiers of Film

  • 06

    Media Mindfulness

    • Media Mindfulness Slides

    • Video of Media Mindfulness class

    • Media Mindfulness Wheel2

    • Links to videos used in presentation

    • Sample Media Survey for Students

    • SUGGESTED READING: Media Mindfulness Introduction

    • SUGGESTED READING: Media Mindfulness Chapter One

    • SUGGESTED READING: Media Mindfulness Chapter 3 Advertising

  • 07

    Images of the Body in Art & Media

    • Images of Body in Art and Media slides

    • Video of Theology of the Body Presentation

    • Link to Ethics and the Internet Document

    • Examen for My Online Life

    • Helpful Links

    • Media Mindfulness Chapter 9 MM and the Internet

  • 08

    Panorama of Church and Media

    • Church and Media Slides

    • Video of Panorama of Church and Media presentation

    • Additional reading : Censoring the Silver Screen

  • 09

    Digital Literacy

    • Digital Literacy slides

    • Video of Digital Literacy Zoom Class

    • Links used in presentation

  • 10

    Living Virtuously Through Social Media

    • Living Virtuously Through Social Media slides

    • Video of Virtues and Social Media Class

    • Front THINK card

    • Be Attitudes of Social Media card

    • online life exam

    • Examine online life back

    • My Social Media Pledge

    • Family Media Pledge

  • 11

    Praying the News Prayer for Wednesday

    • Praying the News Format PDF

    • Links for Praying the News

  • 12

    Character Education and the Media

    • Character Education slides

    • Video of Character Education presentation

    • Pepsi Commercial

    • Spider Man hero clip

    • Sesame Street Empathy

    • Facebook Parenting

  • 13

    Philosophies of the Media

    • Philosophy of the Media slides

    • Video of Philosophies of Media presentation

    • PHILOSOPHY CHART MULTIPLE CHOICE 10

    • SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY CHART filled out with answers

  • 14

    Cinema Divina

    • Head Over Heels Cinema Divina Guide

    • Cinema Divina Introduction

  • 15

    Catholic Social Teaching and the Media

    • Catholic Social Teaching and Media slides

    • Video of Catholic Social Teaching presentation

    • Catholic Social Teaching NAMLE presentation

    • Another slide show about Catholic Social Teaching

  • 16

    Pop Music and Media Mindfulness

    • Theology of Pop Music slides

    • Video of Music presentation

    • Recommended Reading Secular Music Sacred Theology

    • Recommended Reading Soul of Hip Hop

    • Recommended Reading on Faith and Pop Music

  • 17

    Praying for Celebrities

    • Praying for Celebrities Handout

  • 18

    God and Gaming

    • Slides of God and Gaming presentation

    • Additional Resources God and Gaming

  • 19

    Presentation of FINAL PROJECTS

    • Final Project Written Evaluation

  • 20

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation of 2022 Virtual Advanced Media Literacy Course

  • 21

    How to Read a Film

    • History of Cinema slides

    • How to Read a Film slides

    • The Searchers Epic Hope

    • How to Review a Film

  • 22

    Media Literacy Education Theory/Praxis

    • 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

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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