The main project you will undertake in this course is to create culture  that is accessible to and engages with wider society through various forms of digital media. 


Over the course of this course, you will be asked to work towards the creation of 10 “points” worth of content. 

  • Blog post (500-1000 words), 1 point.
  • Podcast or other audio (10-20 mins), 3 points, including editing.
  •  Video (2-5 mins), 4 points, including editing.
  •  Ideas for other type of content? Discuss it with the instructor!
    • If you work together on creating content, you share the points

Naturally, the idea is not to fill the blog with random topics, but to create content that is on point.  On point content makes reference to course topics, literature, discussions (Chatham house rules apply), but can also address current events in the world of digital media and technology  from the newest Twitterstorm to the latest developments on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

The idea is to use whatever you are creating to showcase your learning process and independent thinking as we jointly explore the interface of digital media, society, and culture.

All of the content will be placed on the blog by yourself.


Every class the instructor will pick up number of blogs written by you, to discuss together in class.

In addition, every week, you will make at least one comment on a piece of content on the course blog.


You may form a content team with your classmates (if you do, inform the instructor). You could use this team to informally brainstorm ideas for content via Slack, create group-based content (e.g. posts on a central theme, a co-hosted podcast, a video series), and help each other out with language checking.

Quality and Copyright

Digital content may not exactly be well-known for keeping to orthography or being based on sound rhetoric. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, naturally!

In short, produce clear content that is written or spoken in accessible and correct English.

Moreover, counter to what is normal in digital content, we will keep to Leiden University standards of reference to prevent plagiarism as well as copyright issues.

Finally, any and all original content on this site is made available to others with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. Please talk to the instructor if you believe the content you produce should not fall under this license.

Privacy, Opinion, and Moderation

Please note that all content on the blog is, in principle, accessible to anyone who is connected to the internet. Even if you take steps so that the content is only viewable by people with certain roles.

While it is important that you can speak your mind freely in any of the content that you produce, please be respectful of others. Also, be mindful of online dynamics in which anything can be taken out of context or potentially upset an individual or a group of people.

Do not share any personal data in the content you create. Feel free to work under a “nom de plume” (please share this online identity with the instructor).

Of course, should you choose to, there is a possibility to publish posts in such a way that it can only be seen by others taking part in this class.

It is strictly forbidden to copy, share, or otherwise re-produce “course only” content that has been published on any part of this site.

Please note, that the views and opinions expressed on are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Leiden University.

The content produced on this blog will be moderated by the instructor and he may decide to block public access to any content on this website or remove content in its entirety.


Every week of class you will be expected to have created new content, unless you are working on a multi-point subproject. In that case, notify the instructor of your content idea and take as many weeks as the projects point cost to finish it (e.g. you will have two weeks to record, edit, and publish a podcast).

Your contributions need to be online on Monday 23:59.


Your final project will consist of a portfolio of all the content you created or edited in this course. This will consist of a zip file with working html pages and other content and a small report containing a list of all content you (co-)produced, any comments on it.

Furthermore, you will also create a 1000-1500 word commentary on your own work, addressing explicitly how the content you created links to this course content as well as a reflection on the successes and challenges you faced during this class.

The deadline for handing in the portfolio is Friday 20 December, 2019.