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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?

Research Questions

 Research methodologies:

-what are your main research topics?

-what are means to learn more about these topics?

-who is your audience?

-how will you go about doing unbiased, ethical research?

Types of Research:

secondary: what others have found out and reported

primary: what people find out for themselves

Where you can start (found in your Pocket Manual of Style):

UKY Libraries, Kentuckiana Digital Library, InfoKat, LexisNexis, EBSCO Host Academic Search Premier, E-Journals Database, EPodunk, Brookings Institute, StoryCorps – make recordings, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Natasha Trethewey & Place

Diane mentioned Natasha Trethewey’s interview in Garden & Gun magazine, and because it dwells so heavily on place/geography as formative, I thought that I’d shat it with you here. More about Natasha Trethewey can be found here as well.

Monday & Groups

On Friday, I wrote down your groups. For those of you who were not present, we can try to negotiate a plan, but it is likely that you will be placed with the smallest group. The current groups are as follows:

1. Kyle, Renaldo, Jerome, Elliot, Emily

2. Diane, Mason, Reilly, Kiersten

3. Logan, Jonathan, Kenny, Hunter, Allen, Bobby

4. Danielle, Hanna, Vernita

5. Dominic, Matt, Siedah, Lauren, Leon

—not decided: Holly & Garrett

On Monday, we will be discussing your posts about your project ideas/means to implement them/mapping ideas in addition to forming group contracts. These contracts will be written together turned in to me on Wednesday – they will include an outline of what your goals are, what your standards are for each other, and how you will address group member issues. We will talk about research methodologies as well as narrowing down your topics and producing a series of questions to pursue for your initial forays into your investigation. The reading in CDA should help inform your best practices with research, which you will be doing in class on Wednesday.


Weekend Homework

Read CDA (144-163), make a list of project ideas/places/mediums of expression for your digital documentary. Post this list to your blog. Post a map or a geography (non-traditional) to your blog that resonates with you and explain why you’ve chosen it and why it is different or innovative (due by 11am on Monday).  Look over the first 23 pages of the special edition Pocket Style Manual (the custom UK edition) and be prepared to share what resources you will be using that are mentioned in this edition. If, for some reason, you do not have this book, you need to find a classmate or a friend who does.

As I discussed earlier this week, your upcoming big assignments will fall in this order:

• Proposal for Digital Documentaries (15%)

– Collaboratively written document
– Semi‐formal group speech

• Descriptive Web Text (15%)

– 900 word formal descriptive writing assignment of a place
relevant to overall group theme (each member writes about a
different place based on goals of the larger project)

• Digital Documentary (25%)

– Two parts: 15% finished documentary, 10% group ‘tour’ in
which the group will present the project to the class