Students as Authors

By establishing a public space for documenting work, students are more deeply invested in the practice of writing, with each assignment, process post, media documentation, and other creative activity openly published on the Web. Students thus become authors and publishers, writing not just for themselves, not just for a professor or mentor, but for each other, and for the larger audience of the Web. In OSS, writing becomes a deeply essential aspect of the artistic practice: not just a summation of work, but often a propelling force of idea generation. With this form of multimedia authorship, media and associative hyperlinks are integrated into the writing process. OSS provides an environment for an online multimedia sketchbook to be a Web published document, a critical window into the artist’s thinking and aesthetic evolution, an essential element of the work and its process of creation. In OSS, the process of making is equally important to the finished work.