Cultural Technology Mentorship Syllabus Fall 2022

Cultural Technology Mentorship
MART 5940
Fall 2022
Tuesdays 2:00-2:50 TB 117
and Zoom for online students @

Lauren Addario
Instructor Media Arts & Technology
New Mexico Highlands University
Office Hours: Tuesdays over Zoom 12:00 – 1:00., Wednesdays in TB 135 1:30 – 2:30, Thursdays 10:00 -11:00 TB 135

Phone: 505-454-3239

Safety: NMHU COVID policy is linked here
If you are sick, test positive, or have had close contact with someone who is sick or has tested positive, please attend via zoom, and let me know how I can support you until you feel safe enough to return to the class. 

Catalog Description of Course:

This class can be taken for variable credit 1-3 and can be repeated for multiple semesters. This course is designed to help students develop leadership skills and complete the necessary training for an internship placement. This class will focus on 8 topic areas designed to give interns a competitive advantage as they transition from NMHU students to professionals in cultural technology.

Course Pre-requisites: None

Required Textbook (s): No required textbook; research and readings from web sites, tutorials, blogs and articles as assigned.

General Objectives:
General Objectives of the Course are:
1) Develop and demonstrate proficiency in navigating the workplace culture
2) Develop and demonstrate proficiency in emotional/intellectual communication with colleagues and supervisors
3) Applying for jobs in the field of media arts and cultural technology
4) Understanding current trends in media and technology as they apply to professional development.

Specific Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
1) Know and understand what is required to serve in a professional cultural institution as an intern.
2) Know how to write proposals, work with clients, work with deadlines and deliverables and evaluate your performance with regard to the objectives of your placement.
3) Understand how to work in groups, assess strengths, delegate work and deliver on schedule.
4) Understand how to write and discuss the notion of civic responsibility and the ethic of service.

Major Topics:
Major topics to be studied include:
1) Mentorship relationships
2) Evaluating the experience, reflection papers, social networking, online discussions
3) Tools for multimedia development in cultural institutions. Working with content developers and the iterative process
4) Project management tools, archiving, file sharing, and saving files.
6) Job placement and portfolio development
7) Budgeting and financial management
8) Communication

Instructional Methods
Instructional methods/techniques to be used will include:
1) Lectures and Guest speakers
2) Tutorials and online resources
3) In-class demonstrations
4) Analysis of current placements/projects

Assignments for the course:
Assignments for students in the course will include:
1) Students will set personal goals for service and write about their service weekly
2) Students will participate in online discussions and readings
3) Students will write and present on civic responsibility and the ethic of service
4) Students will meet weekly with guest lecturers and focus on developing workplace
and volunteer skills
5) Students will evaluate their performance, discuss challenges, and report on their
experiences bi-weekly.


99-100 A+
94-98 A
90-93 A-
86-89 B+
84-85 B
80-83 B-
75-79 C+
70-74 C
60-69 D
50-59 F

Your grade will be determined by the following formula

60% – Class participation and homework

20% – Midterm presentation

20% – Final presentation and project

99-100 A+
94-98 A
90-93 A-
86-89 B+
84-85 B
80-83 B-
75-79 C+
70-74 C
60-69 D
50-59 F

Attendance and behavior: Media Arts Department
Cell phones and texting are not permitted during class. Failure to recognize this policy will result in a grade reduction. If you are sick or have to miss class, you are responsible for finding out the assignment from a classmate or the instructor and you are responsible for coming to the next class with any missed work completed. Students CANNOT miss critique. If final critique is missed you will fail the class.
4 absences = final grade is dropped one full letter grade
5 absences = final grade is dropped two full letter grades
6 absences = final grade is dropped three full letter grades
7 absences = final grade is an F
3 tardies =1 absence
Leaving class early or arriving late will count as a tardy. This applies to not being on task, not having your materials in class, or taking long breaks during class time.
NMHU Class attendance policy

Title IX

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If you wish to report any form of sex discrimination covered by Title IX, please contact Ruth Mariampolski, Title IX Coordinator at 505-454-3363, or If you are currently enrolled or employed at Highlands, you can also use the internal report form.
If you are in crisis, follow this link for additional resources and support.

Center students are encouraged to contact HU-CARES for resources near the center campuses.

Academic Integrity:
NMHU media arts is a program designed to learn, absorb, discuss and question; to expand one’s mind through rigorous intellectual exploration. Integrity of the educational experience is diminished by cheating in class, plagiarizing, lying, or employing other modes of deceitful behavior, plagiarism and copyright infringement will not be tolerated.
NMHU’s official policy states
Because academic dishonesty in any form compromises the university’s reputation and thus devalues the NMHU degree, it simply will not be tolerated.  Consequently, students caught cheating, plagiarizing, or doing anything which involves trying to pass off someone else’s intellectual work as their own, will be subject to disciplinary action (NMHU Student Handbook, page 28;

Accessibility Statement:
In accordance with federal law, it is university policy to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). If you believe that you have a physical, learning, or psychological disability that requires an academic accommodation, contact the Coordinator of Disability Services. 

Natalie Bradley, Coordinator of Disability Services