Course Resources

Course Resources:

About York College’s CT 101 Digital Storytelling Course:

This site supports a foundation class for the Communications Technology major at York College. CT 101 is heavily influenced and based upon the course DS106 – Digital Storytelling, which is an open online course created by Jim Groom out of the University Mary Washington. CUNY York College has registered students that are required to have personal blogs that are able to feed their work into this course site.

This semester the courses will be taught by professor Ryan Seslow

Ryan Seslow


Michael Branson Smith

Professor Michael Branson Smith is a frequent collaborator and influence on this course! He is the original creator and instructor of the course. He will weigh in on a regular basis!

Reading List

Below is an evolving list of links to interesting sites and stories that have a connection to this course’s investigation of digital storytelling and web culture. Also, we’ve started adding some tutorials from MBS’s Youtube channel. If you have a link to something interesting you’d like to share please submit it in the comments!


PBS Off Book Video Series – Short films covering a variety of topics related to web based culture and digital creations. Favorites include the Animated GIFs: The Birth of a MediumAre Emoticons the Future of Language? , What’s The Deal With Internet Comedy, and Are YouTubers Revolutionizing Entertainment?

Upvoted by Reddit – A weekly podcast dedicated to unique storylines behind the web culture of Reddit and what happens when something “goes viral.”

Web Culture and Commentary

Waxy Links – Andy Baio (Kind of Screwed guy) regularly updates a page on his site of interesting links to stories, digital tools, and more that relate to web and remix culture.

Prof. MBS’s Diigo Library – MBS regularly bookmarks sites of interest that typically relate to digital archives, animated GIF creation, sites related to design and digital storytelling and more.

The invasion boards that set out to ruin lives

How imageboard culture shaped Gamergate

How Unidan went from being Reddit’s most beloved user to its most disgraced

Digital Communities in Action: Reddit and the Unidan Ban


From MBS Youtube Channel

Tutorials by Prof. Seslow:

NET-ART Making Tutorial –

More NET-Art Making Tutorial Examples-

Net-Art to Animated GIF – Process & Examples in Public Space –

How to GIF a Static Portrait –


Helpful GIF & Net Art Making Video Tutorials on the Web:

How to make an animated GIF in Photoshop –

How to make an animated GIF in Photoshop from a Video –

Creating an animated GIF with the Puppet Warp Feature in Photoshop –

Making Static photos animate & move –

Dansky’s YouTube Channel of Awesome Tutorials –

Terry White’s YouTube Channel of Awesome Tutorials – Subscribe here.


Open Education Resources (OER) for Content and Subject Matter:

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Public Domain Images  Public domain images, royalty free stock photos, copyright friendly free images. Not copyrighted, no rights reserved.

U.S. Government Graphics and Photos

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Images from the Library of Congress, now in the public domain.

National Gallery of Art  With the launch of NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain.

Digital Public Library of America The Digital Public Library of Americabrings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

NYPL – The New York Public Library Digital Collections Archive

Flickr CC – Creative Commons on Flickr.

Gif Cities – Internet Archive