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Reflection THREE (!!) due 12/7 at 5pm

And the Winner Is (now you can write to this – or ride your bike – forever!)…YOU! because this is your FINAL reflection, so do it right! Because you don’t want a zero, you don’t want to say everything is embarrassing, you want to be able to enjoy your weeknd, and get free a little for the holiday season so that you can look forward to the future (click and zoom in). See, hyperlinks are so FUN!

Anyway, Reflection Three.

By now you know that…that these reflections will be an important part of your course grade, so I advise you to take them seriously because I will be grading them as formal writing assignments. Therefore, I suggest that you outline your answers in a way that is structured and organized – not just a random slew of thoughts that bounce off of each other. Begin with an introductory paragraph, answer the questions in the body, and then write a conclusion paragraph. Do a thorough job with this, please. That is, don’t just answer the questions in a rote manner – put them into a form that an external audience member who didn’t have the questions in front of them could understand and even enjoy. Be specific and thoughtful. And proofread (!)

I hope that the exercise we did on Monday helped you think about your progress in this class on a surface level, at least. In terms of your third reflection, I want you to take a long view on this semester and your progress in this course, what you expected to do/learn, what you actually created and engaged with, how you think about your community differently, and in what way you’re going to take some of these things with you into WRD111 to ensure your progress in that course as well. As you may remember, during our initial class sessions, we talked about space, place, identity, community, and what all of those things may mean to you, personally, as well as what they have meant to more radical geographers like Doreen Massey, what it means to be part of a systems of flows, and how the personal is political.  We have looked at maps on maps on maps on maps.  You have thought about places in your community in different ways, and have tried to communicate that/those perspective/s to your classmates as well as to a broader audience on the Internet. You have performed rhetorical analysis (ethos!logos!pathos!) for journalistic articles, memoirs, photographs, commercials, and music videos. You have made your own maps, learned how to design websites, spoken publicly as individuals and within a group, collaborated with your classmates, and gone into the community to observe, talk to people, generate research, and document your experiences via various methods.

Now I want you to take time to think about all of these things. What did you expect coming into this class? What kind of work did you expect to do? What did you expect to think about? How did you think information would be presented to you? What materials did you think that you would be engaging with? What kind of research had you done? Public speaking? Community engagement? Map and website creation?

What did you find in reality in this class? What has challenged you and what has been easy? How did you expect your group work to go and how has it gone? What kind of artifact creation – speeches, maps, written work, etc – has been engaging for you? Or challenging? Or exciting? What component of this class do you think could serve you in the future in a positive way? What are you continuing to struggle with? Do you feel as though you really rose to the occasion with your research project for this class? What do you wish you had done more/less of, in retrospect? Has this project made you think about space, place, identity, or community in different ways? Have you changed any of your personal practices as a result of information that you’ve learned? Do you feel any more or less confident as a result of components of this class? What are your goals for WRD111?

These are just beginning questions from which to move into your reflection; you may elaborate on other points as you see necessary, especially things like the last half of your group work, the end result of your final project and speech, etc. I hope that you’ll take time to think about where you were at the beginning of the semester and where you are now –  and what your future goals may be in terms of your growth as a student, community member, researcher, group collaborator, and/or public speaker.

**Remember, you must write at least 500 words. If you do not write at least 500 words, you do not get credit – and make sure to have an introduction & conclusion in addition to moving through a range of the questions I’ve started to pose here**

presentation order

Here is the presentation order at this point.

(It will change if we run out of time on the first day and all will be pushed back, obviously).

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28 WEDNESDAY: Libraries, Johnson Center

30 FRIDAY Engineering

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3 MONDAY Phoenix Park


7 FRIDAY: Reflection #3 due, Group Evaluations Due.


Upcoming Deadlines

Upcoming deadlines and assignments: on Monday, you will have your speech outlines due to blackboard(typed, detailed) by 11am, but bring a copy of your outline or similar notes to class on Monday so that each group can take about 5 minutes to practice in front of the class, using their website in the background as a guide, though, on speech day, your presentations MUST be 4-6 minutes per person. Please review your syllabus (which is also a tab on my blog) and then feel free to send me any questions, or come in and talk to me.

The presentation on Monday is a good way to show the class what you’ve done and to explain what component(s) each person is going to cover – in an elevator-speech style pattern. Think about where the individual speeches will differ and where will they follow patterns? How will you keep your audience engaged? How will you show them that you have the best project? Think of this as a team-based design presentation: speaking skills, order, transitions, content: these all matter – you are speaking as an individual, but are part of a team that has produced a final product. This is formal presentation – organize it as such.

You will practice again on Monday the 26th, the day when your digital documentaries go live. Remember, they are graded on content, research quality and scope (variety of sources, types of research, quality of searches
– discussion boards are NOT the best, for example), PROPER use of MLA style, PROPER works cited, design, use of pictures and hyperlinks, clarity and quality of writing, design and user-friendliness. I recommend that you take your digital documentaries to the writing center – remember, this is a work that will be in public, for the entire world to see, not just for the function of this class. You want the writing to be very seamless and of high quality.

When writing your speech outlines, you’ll want to consider what makes the most sense for inclusion, but you know that you will want to explain:

1. aspects of your research sections – communicate some of the research you gathered, but not word-for-word from the website
2. components of your map, how you created it, why you did it in this form (sell your reason, don’t just say because you thought it would be cool) and what it is communicating about your place in terms of dimensionality. What new things can your audience learn as a result of interacting with this document?
3. Talk about your process for gathering research, how your project changed and grew, and what you expected to find versus what you found.
4. You can take some time to reflect on your experience, personally, with this project, and what else you would have liked to add on or discovered if you had more time with the project.
5. In what ways do you foresee becoming more involved with your community in the future? How do you define space or place differently now? How will you use the information/skills that you’ve learned as a part of this project?
6. Anything else you find relevant – but you MUST verbally cite your information while speaking.

The week that your do your digital presentations, you will have your third reflection due. The documentary, speech, and third reflection are the final grades you have for the class (in addition to participation and attendance).

Friday/Monday (16 November, 19 November)

On Friday, your complete digital documentaries will be due to me so that I can give you feedback and comments before you leave for/early in Thanksgiving Break.  This means that your map(s) should also be complete by Friday. Any lacking research should be explained and made note of – there is VERY LITTLE TIME left for gathering much more data.

On Monday, your digital documentary tour speech outlines (on blackboard) will also be due for each member – you may use the speech outline document that I’ve had you use in the past for other oral presentations, making note, in addition to your content, of how you are going to manipulate your website as you speak (as in what information will be in the background while you are presenting your part) – as I mentioned in class, for your presentation, you will each speak for 4-6 minutes. Remember, each member will present a different part of his/her research and process; your presentation should be cohesive and each member’s presentation should come together to form a whole portrait of your place(s) and theme(s) while giving a sense of your individual role and findings (without necessarily repeating all of the info on the digital documentary). It is key that you use oral citations when discussing your findings – this is something that many of your have glossed over in the past.

On Monday, you will also have informal presentation sessions (similar to your storyboards) where you present your individual speaking outlines to the class with your digital documentary in the background – you will NOT speak for the full 4-6 minutes each because all of the groups and their members must go in one class period – instead, you will explain the content of each of your outlines so that, if there are any questions or confusions, you can change your content to reflect these earlier rather than later. The actual presentations will be in formal speech style (snappy casual!!) so make sure to organize your thoughts accordingly, but this is a chance to see if your order/general content/background projection images make sense to the rest of the crowd.


12 November 2012

I’m going to pull up the maps that you turned in to me, and I want you to explain them to the group – what are you doing with your map? What are you going to add? Why is what you’re doing significant? What do you need to do to add more depth? How are multiple group members/their research represented on your map? How does this map relate to the audience? How does it make the place you’re representing multidimensional? How does it tie into the rest of your project? What does it say about your interpretation of this place? Take a few minutes to discuss your responses to these questions with your group and then come in front of the class and discuss your responses.

Workshop Questions: digital documentaries

Go through the digital documentaries and explain what you’re doing with each part that you’ve personally constructed/researched – what do you need to add at this rough draft stage? What is confusing your partner? Is it clear why you’ve chosen to include each thing that you have in your section?

Why have you chosen the medium that you have? Does that make sense to your audience? Does your audience want to engage with what you’ve presented? Is it easily digestible? Remember that this is a web format – not a paper – what seems too long or too short? Could/would someone outside of this class care/continue reading/viewing/clicking?

Look for grammar/spelling/punctuation problems – are there strange constructions/sentences that are confusing? How can your message be as clear and vibrant as possible?

What about citations and incorporating research? Is it done smoothly? Does the trajectory of the presentation make sense?

As you’re working with your partner make notes of your conversation – these will help you remember/construct your revision plans – you’ll have to do a blog post on this session.

W, 14th : digital documentary revision/addition posts due (300+ words); continue adding to maps/digital documentaries – in-class work session.

F, 16th : digital tour outlines due (for each member – for your presentation, you will each speak for 4-6 minutes, remember to use oral citations); revised (read: complete) version of map due; Complete Digital Documentary Rough Draft Due (?)


MLA Format: Monday’s Class

Posted below are resources that I think you will find useful for revising and double-checking your descriptive web texts for proper citation methods.

Diana Hacker MLA works cited list

Diana Hacker MLA in-text citations – please look at the “basic rules” section at the very beginning of the page – it will be extremely informative for many of you.

Purdue OWL electronic sources works cited formats

Purdue OWL in-text citations

Use these resources in addition to your Pocket Style Manual in order to make **crucial** changes to your descriptive web texts by Wednesday at 11am. Please get into pairs and check each other’s papers together to make sure that you fulfill the following points:





***If you make changes to your web text (if changes are necessary, which they were on many papers) then re-post it to your blog AND email me either with the new document attached or the url to the posted text***

Reflection Two Prompt

For Reflection Two – 500 words or more and posted on the same ‘page’ as Reflection One  and is ** due on FRIDAY November 2nd at 5pm ** – I want you to discuss several aspects of your experience so far, giving distinct attention to 1. your group paper-writing and speech-giving experience 2. what it has felt/been like to try to divvy-up presentation, research, and writing responsibilities in more of a teamwork-oriented environment 3. what your personal experience has been with your descriptive web text and 4. look briefly into your future goals, personally and collectively, with the digital web text.

As with Reflection One, I would like you to remember that these reflections will be an important part of your course grade, so I advise you to take them seriously because I will be grading them as formal writing assignments. Therefore, I suggest that yououtline your answers in a way that is structured and organized – not just a random slew of thoughts that bounce off of each other. Begin with an introductory paragraph, answer the questions in the body, and then write a conclusion paragraph. Do a thorough job with this, please. That is, don’t just answer the questions in a rote manner – put them into a form that an external audience member who didn’t have the questions in front of them could understand and even enjoy. Be specific and thoughtful.

I would like you to try to address questions such as the following (you may pick and choose what questions you answer, but remember to attempt to address all four areas that I mentioned above when constructing an answer) — these are only to get your mind working and to give you a jumping-off point. You can move within them as you see fitting to your own response and narrative as long as you try to address the four main areas that I’ve pointed out in the first paragraph of this post. Basically, I want you to reflect on your experiences since the first introductory speech – specifically, the work that you have done as part of a group as well as your time spent on your descriptive web text.


What project (paper, speech, web-text) do you think has been the most rewarding thus far for you personally, or the most engaging? Where do you feel you contributed your highest quality work?   What kind of writing have you enjoyed the most and why? Where do you think your strengths fall within the group? What aspect gave you the most difficulty? How did you feel as a writer versus as a speech performer within the group (or as an individual comparing various work you have created for this class)? In which area of writing/presentation/research did you feel more confident? Why? What strategies can you use to increase your abilities/confidence in the other areas? How can you highlight your own strengths and abilities within the group (or in a similar work collaboration)?

In terms of your individual role for the paper and speech, how did you prepare for your part in this project? How could you change your process of group collaboration to make it more successful? What is working well for your group? In what situations could you see yourself using these skill sets, either in terms of descriptive writing, research, collaboration, or speech-making?

Now, moving into the future: what surprising things have you discovered about your place/topic of research thus far? What methods of research are working well for you? What do you still need to discover? How will you accomplish those goals? What are you the most nervous about at this point in terms of your final project, your collaborative work, and/or your personal research? How do you feel that you have grown as a a result of this process thus far?

And, in your latest personal project: what were the largest challenges with writing the web text? What parts did you most enjoy? What gave you the most noticeable amount of difficulty? Was writing more creatively fun for you or was the research component more engaging?

**Remember, you must write at least 500 words. If you do not write at least 500 words, you do not get credit – and make sure to have an introduction & conclusion in addition to moving through a range of the questions I’ve started to pose here**

Monday, October 29th

**Peer Reviews: remember, your writing must include a mixture of physical description and your research about your chosen place—information that cannot be known through observation alone.

-2 images?

-3 hyperlinks?

-works cited (proper format)?

-proper captions & citation under pictures?

-at least four senses engaged in the description?

-does the audience seem general? Could an outside reader (not in this class) understand the trajectory of the paper?

-Is the intro catchy? Do you want to keep reading?

-Are there strong transitions?

-In each paragraph, do all sentences flow from the initial topic sentence?

-Can you map the trajectory of their paper?

-Does the conclusion bring all the parts together?

-Is there a connection between the descriptive parts and the research? Does the paper flow or does it seem jumpy?

**Your final drafts of the Descriptive Web Text will be due at 5pm on Wednesday – in a new tab, like you’ve done with the reflections**

**For Wednesday, I want you to do a blog post (due at 11am) discussing map-making techniques and programs that you find most relevant to your project. Explain in detail how you would plan to use them and the visualizations you plan to make.**

**For Friday (in class), I will need a storyboard of your digital documentary – with special attention to the type of map and the digital techniques that you plan to use (as in video, recordings, etc) – you can do this analog, either as a text or as a drawing, but be prepared to present it to the class **

Friday, Weekend & Upcoming Deadlines

**Complete Rough Draft of Web Text to Blackboard by 11pm Friday evening**

(I will comment upon these and send them back to you before class on Monday – put them in .doc format and just insert the hypertext in parenthesis next to the word it will go with). Include images. Include all citations for images and any information that you use – please cite in the text as well as in a works cited section at the bottom of your draft.

**Blog post due, 11am Friday: Find a visually appealing website or map or informatics presentation and explain, using the vocabulary of the CDA reading (Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity, etc) in order to explain why it works and why it is visually appealing. Make sure to use the language that your textbook employs.

**Go online and onto my blog and explore your options for map-making. Come to class on Monday prepared to discuss what type of resource works best for the type of map that you plan to make. Be prepared to explain this as a group to the class.

**Next week, you need to have some of your human-based data preparedplease be working on your interviews and data gathering processes now rather than later because the process of compiling your digital documentaries begins in about a week.

**By the end of next week, I will need a storyboard of your digital documentary – with special attention to the type of map and the digital techniques that you plan to use (as in video, recordings, etc)

On Monday, October 31st:

**Bring your computer or a printout of your draft (with comments and/or changes) for a Peer Review/Workshop and Editing Session in class

**We will also begin mapping tutorials, so make sure that you have gone through the resources I’ve provided on my blog

Upcoming Deadlines

**FINAL drafts of the WEB TEXT will be due on WEDNESDAY October 31st at 5pm**

**Reflection #2 (500 words + more details to follow) will be due on FRIDAY November 2nd at 5pm **

**Next week you will also have your map prototype/storyboard due**


How to cite a survey if you conducted it in person or via phone/email:

Last, First (your name, since you are the author of the survey). “Name of survey.” Survey. DD Month YYYY.


As you all know, you have a research blog post due tonight. As I mentioned in class on Friday, this research post will involve research that you have gathered thus far concerning your specific part of the project. For some of you this will mean doing library research, for others, it will mean beginning your interviews, for some it will entails setting up your interviews, posting a list of questions, adding on some more ethnography, beginning your sound and/or video recordings and posting them, taking pictures, or, hopefully, doing a combination of several of these things. I gave this assignment to you on Friday because I wanted you to take time over the weekend to do this assignment.

For Wednesday, you have a brainstorm/outline of your Descriptive Web Text due. Please look over the assignment in your syllabus, keeping in mind that you will just cover the place that you have decided to research – obviously, disregard the note about UK’s campus. Think of this as a creative writing assignment that involves research – revisit PinePoint, Annie Dillard, Kathleen Norris, and Richard Ford for inspiration. This is an individualized project that will be 15% of your grade, and needs to include scholarly elements as well as your own description/ethnography – you need to draw your readers in creatively and then give them more information that they could not just find through observation alone. Bring your computer or a printout of your brainstorm/outline to class on Wednesday so that you can peer review them. Have the visual elements and hyperlinks prepared as well, so that you can explain to a partner how you plan to use them.


Ultimately, this assignment will be posted to your blog next week, so keep in mind the fact that you will have more time to add in the research-based elements, but that you can be working on your more ethnographically-focused creative part on your own. This is a good time to play around with both digital and analog methods for mapping your place on a personal level, even if those are different from the ones you intend to use for your final group project. I plan for you to have time to meet with your group, do research, and draft out your complete Descriptive Web Text at the end of this week. It will then be due next Wednesday rather than next Monday. We’ll discuss this more on Wednesday once you have had time to brainstorm and outline.