Assignments

Discussion QuestionsStudent Led Discussions Blog Post 1: One Day of Web Interactions Blog Post 2: Stalk Your Professor Blog Post 3: PrivacyBlog Post 4: Midterm Elections ReduxBlog Post 5: Historical RemixBlog Post 6: Digital ExhibitsBlog Post 7: That's So MetaIndividual Student ConferencesMultimedia NarrativeExtra Credit
Discussion Questions
 icon-calendar Due: Every Class Meeting Day @ 9 a.m.

Before each class meeting, each student submits one discussion question per reading. Submit questions via email to Professor Abdoney by 9 a.m. the day of class. Answers to submitted questions will be explored during class time.

This will affect the Engagement part of your grade.

Student Led Discussions (5 points)

By the second day of class, each student pair will sign up for a student led discussion, scheduled throughout the term. The students will facilitate discussion about the day’s readings for 30 minutes. 48 hours prior to scheduled discussion, students will submit:

  • 5 discussion questions
  • 1 activity

via email to Professor Abdoney. Examples of activities are: showing a short video clip (<5 minutes), use Kahoot! or another free app to poll your classmates, think-pair-share, read a short article as a group, role play, games, or anything else you can imagine. Activities should only take about 5 minutes of your discussion time.

 When is my student led discussion?

 Sign Up for your Student Led Discussion
Blog Post 1: One Day of Web Interactions (10 points)
 Due: 1-17-19
(500 words)

For one day, log every interaction you have with the Internet (including the “Internet of Things” and sharing economy apps). How do you use the web for your coursework? Communication? Personal fulfillment? After reviewing your interactions, explain how our networked world makes these activities easier or more difficult for you.

 Multimedia Element:

Embed an image into your blog post that adds to your message (for example, a screenshot from your phone, a picture of your desk or laptop, anything that adds to the message you are conveying)

How will I grade this?

Blog Post 2: Stalk Your Professor (10 points)
 Due: 1-24-19
(500 words)

Google Professor Abdoney to investigate her social media presence and describe her demographically, politically, culturally, etc. In what ways do you imagine her filter bubbles influence her life? How has this exercise informed how you might change your online habits?

 Multimedia Element:

Create a timeline of Professor Abdoney’s life using TimelineJS

How will I grade this?

Blog Post 3: Privacy (10 points)
 Due: 2-7-19
(500 words)

Describe Google, Facebook, Twitter, University Library, or other company/institution privacy statement and annotate/interpret for your peers.

 Multimedia Element:

Embed an audio file into your blog post. (For example, interview fellow students and/or professors with your phone)

Consent and Release Form

How will I grade this?

Blog Post 4: Midterm Elections Redux (10 points)
 Due: 2-28-19
(500 words)

Compare and contrast the online presence of two candidates from your registered voting location (or our local district if necessary) by analyzing their strategies and predicting their success.

 Multimedia Element:

Embed a data visualization that enhances your post

How will I grade this?

Blog Post 5: Historical Remix (10 points)
 Due: 3-7-19
(500 words)

What would a pre-Web 2.0 event (for example, the Cuban Missile Crisis) look like in the age of digital media?

 Multimedia Element:

Use a social media generator to enhance the remix

How will I grade this?

Blog Post 6: Digital Exhibits (10 points)
 Due: 3-14-19
(500 words)

Evaluate one of the following exhibits following the guidelines of provided by the AHA. Explain the purpose and scope of the project. How does digital format affect the scholarship? How would the project be different in an analog format?

How will I grade this?

Blog Post 7: That’s So Meta(10 points)
 Due: 3-28-19
https://memegenerator.net/instance/60471003/hipster-ariel-so-meta
(500 words)

Pick a fictional piece of media (a book, movie, TV episode, series, graphic novel, comic, cartoon, etc.) that you think should be added to the course. Why should it be added? How does it incorporate the themes of the course? What type of assignment would you assign with it?

How will I grade this?

Individual Student Conferences
(by appointment)

 Student Conference 1 Sign Up: After choosing a topic for the multimedia narrative, students will meet with Professor Abdoney during during pre-scheduled times to discuss its scope and form.

Attending these conferences will affect the Engagement part of your grade.

 Student Conference 2 Sign Up: Bring an outline of your multimedia narrative to discuss any questions or difficulties you may be having.

Attending these conferences will affect the Engagement part of your grade.

Multimedia Narrative (20 points)
 Due: 11:59 a.m. Friday, 4-12-19 (last day of final exams)

For your multimedia narrative, the final project, select a topic or issue we have discussed in class or in the readings and tell a story with spoken or written text and at least two of the following elements: moving or still pictures, graphics, or interactive data. This project will require a written script and some HTML skills. The resulting product will live on your website. The audience for your story is other Washington and Lee students. This project will be benchmarked throughout the term along individual student/faculty conferences and peer review. University Library’s camcorders, Video Editing Suite (M39), and the DH Space in Leyburn will be available for student use.

How will I grade this?

There are great resources at the following links, which we will discuss in class:

Extra Credit Opportunities (1 point each)

Attend any of these events, then say something about it on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Google+, or your own blog, using the DCI 180 hashtag, #dci180wlu. Send a link to your post to me via email.

There are no events at this time.

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