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Month: October, 2012

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.

VIP Center Digital Storytelling

Some of you may also be interested in the Digital Storytelling Workshop Series at the VIP Center  here at UK.

Digital storytelling & session with filmmaker Mia Goldman begins on October 25 & will run through November. 1, 8, 15 & 29. More info here.

Participants will work with VIP staff members to make their own short documentary about their connection to issues of power based personal violence.  This may include a personal experience of violence, interest in prevention, or interest in spreading awareness or other related topics.  We will use tools such as photos, videos, music, voiceover and more.  No technical experience or special equipment necessary!  Participants will also have a unique opportunity to meet with Mia Goldman, an accomplished film editor, writer, and director of “Open Window.”

Thursdays from 3-5 pm, October 25th to November 29th

They have a limited number of spots available, please email ASAP and they’ll send you more information.

Mental Maps: More Inspiration + More Mapping Resources

Over the course of the next two weeks, I will be asking you to bring visual elements into your presentation of your project – to make these spaces begin to come alive in new and dynamic ways for your viewers/audience/yourself.

So, here are some more maps! Everything Sings! (check out the links below that article, too) creative cartographies! map scribbles! take some time and explore these mental maps of san francisco. also, there is a resurgence of this idea of psychogeography (a little obscure but interesting) – and take a look at these smell maps, too – here’s another.  Something else, simple but cool, fallen fruit mapping.

On Friday, I’ll be asking you to storyboard out your website visually and present a visual scheme for your map – which means exploring some of the following resources even if you’re not yet prepared to use them. By the end of this week, you should be able to produce a report that includes a collection of what you’ve gathered/researched thus far, your storyboard for your website, and some sort of visualization for your map itself. Obviously, the descriptive web-text will help with this process as well. Please take some time and check out these mapping resources and decide if any of them will be helpful for your needs – you will need to know how you want to go about constructing your map in a digital format in addition to how you desire it to appear:

– Google Earth – provides you with satellite imagery but is more dynamic and versatile than simple overviews of a place. If you would like, you can go back in time, annotate maps with your own comments and markers, add links and images, and produce your own layers and photos – here is a tutorial. This is a great way to create tours of a place, adding in your own content to a pre-existing map.

– – I just took a brief tutorial on this; it is a little less intuitive than google earth but you can easily produce your own maps using data here, so take some time to look around this website.

– – you can use this for printing out base maps for mental/paper mapping, and you can scan them back in digitally and they will be automatically georeferenced for you, which means that they will fall in the right location in Google Earth or a similar mapping platform. – much more analog-seeming but still on a digital platform. – this can be used to collect digital data in the field using a smartphone. It can function as a gps-enabled survey, and can be used to annotate photos, record sounds, etc, which you can then place into a digital map.

Weekend Homework!

This weekend, read CDA 263-304 – yes, a long section, but the reading is easy. You will also do a research post, which will be due Monday at 11:30pm. A research post means that you will do one part of your research and then do a summary/list of findings/report upon that research in your blog. You will have at least three hundred words, but ideally the amount that you need in order to record what you have learned – this means that you will tackle one of your personal goals in the research plan that you and group have written up. Because you will be doing your descriptive webtext next week (read the description on your syllabus – a draft will be due on Wednesday), then for some of you it may make sense to do another ethnography. For others, this means that you will go to the library and compile a list of information, for some it may mean drawing quotes, statistics, and other information from  articles, websites, and books and putting them (cited) on your blog. Worst-case scenario, you will contact one or more of your interview subjects and post a series of questions to your blog in preparation for your interview(s) with them (you will then need to compile your interview findings on your blog after you conduct the interview).

I look forward to seeing what you’ve put together!

In-Class Rhetorical Analysis

Read the North of Center (a free local paper) article by Beth Connors-Manke.

While reading, look for the answers to these questions and make notes in the margins about parts that you think move toward these answers:

-who this author is and how s/he establishes credibility (ethos)

-the intended audience

-the apparent purpose (exigence): to attack, defend, convince, move to action, dissuade from action, praise, blame, etc.

-the significance of where the text was published (forum)

-the cultural context in which the article was written–the larger conversation to which it contributes, as well as the timing of this contribution

-the type of argument that the reasons (logos) are designed to support: causal, definition, narrative, evaluative, proposal, etc.

-any appeals to the audience’s emotions (pathos)

Homework for Friday

For Friday, on your blogs you need to re-write your thesis/proposal statements so that they reflect your personal research aspect for your project: what part of the research are you going to be responsible, what methodologies do you expect to use, and how does that contribute to the larger goal(s) of your group project as a whole? Be specific and detailed with this statement – do not just write one sentence…write many sentences. I want this to be a working-through of your proposed research pattern, including potential starting places (ways to collect primary and secondary research), and percieved stumbling blocks/areas of difficulty, too. Also in the same blog post give a description of the meeting you had today as a group and the specific kinds of research that you accomplished together – this is your first research report about your progress as an individual and as an entire whole.

Remember, all of this is moving toward your larger proposal and research trajectory. The written portion of your formal proposal will be due next Wednesday, October 10th.  This proposal will consist of two parts. The first is a collaboratively written document (2100 words) that will be submitted to the instructor and contain at least four sources (10%). The proposal has three components: 1) an audience analysis explaining how you anticipate your chosen project connecting with your intended audience, 2) a detailed description of the artifact you intend to produce, and 3) a project plan with tasks, deadlines, and individual responsibilities. The proposal will include an introduction and a conclusion.

This weekend you will be doing reading in CDA – pages 181-212 – in addition to doing an ethnography and meeting with your group to begin outlining your larger, collaborative paper.

Purpose Statement: Due Tuesday, 11:30pm

Sense of Purpose

-turn to pages 34-35 in CDA – read those pages and then go through and answer the questions listed in the book.

-draw up a narrowing list of topics and questions dealing with your place

you need a series of questions/potential resources that will lead you in the direction of providing a fuller portrait of your place – the question is, in which direction do you think you want to go? How do you think that you’ll move into this topic – where are your first sources? How will you start to get foundational knowledge about this particular place?