The Final

February 28th, 201110:57 am @


The Final

Hello, everyone! Time to begin prepping for the final. Fortunately, with the change logs and statements you’ve been writing all quarter, you’ve already started that process. Now it’s time to articulate what you learned this quarter and communicate that learning through various media. There shouldn’t be any math involved, tho.

The final consists of two parts: a reflection and a group presentation.

The Reflection

Your reflection should assume the form of a digital video roughly two minutes in duration (no less than 90 seconds and no more than 150).

In that video, you should (either directly or indirectly) respond to these questions:

In BIS 343, what—exactly—did you learn about digital collaboration and publication?

How did your perceptions of (or assumptions about) digital collaboration and publication change over the course of the quarter?

How will what you’ve learned transfer to other situations (academic or not)?

As you compose the video, please keep in mind a few things:

Your reflection should demonstrate how your work fulfilled the course outcomes, which you should review carefully before you begin this assignment. (Note how the outcomes speak to not only technical competencies (e.g., how to compose in Omeka), but also social (e.g., project management), cultural (e.g., the valences of DIY), and theoretical (e.g., questions of access and representation) issues.)

Evidence! Evidence! Evidence! In your two minutes, point your audience to specific things you’ve contributed to the course and to the exhibit. Try quoting your writing (e.g., change logs & statements), referencing specific parts of the website, including your interpretation of a reading (e.g., Vallier, Siebert, or Daniel), recalling a moment from class (e.g., workshops, lectures, or collaborations), and mentioning what you did outside of the classroom. In short, ground your reflection in examples—examples that represent how your learning developed over time. Highlight change.

Barring any objections from you, your video will ultimately be included in our Omeka exhibit on DIY music and the Croc. (I will distribute release forms.)

Since the video will be part of the exhibit, it should be aware that its audience includes anyone from scholars in new media studies to fans of DIY music in Seattle. Of course, that audience includes me and your peers, too.

That said, the content and style of the video should be accessible, creative, and engaging, but also thoughtful and self-reflexive. You want to show a broad spectrum of people what you learned and that you learned it in an academic setting; however, you also want to show how that knowledge influences your everyday life.

Your video can be “production-lite.” That is, if all you know how to do is record yourself speaking into a camera, then that’s fine! There’s no need to edit. Post-production will not be figured into your grade. Still, you are welcome to edit as you so choose.

The video does not have to be you sitting in front of a camera. Use the medium as you wish. However, do consider some basics, including how to set up your shot (e.g., what’s in the background? are you using a tripod? is the room noisy?). Here are some tips.

If you include any media (e.g., audio, video, or images) that are not your own, then please be sure to abide by fair use and/or select media in the public domain (or media subject to situation-friendly Creative Commons licenses).

The file size of your video should not exceed 1 GB. Preferred formats are: MPEG-4, MOV, AVI, and WMV.

Experiment. Record a few times. Watch and listen to what you have. Repeat until you’re happy.

Your video is due on Monday, March 14th. You should submit your video via the class dropbox. The dropbox automatically closes at 12:01 AM on March 15th. Prior to publishing your video as part of the exhibit, I will contact you for a final review.

Group Presentation

While your final reflection asks you use video to communicate what you’ve individually learned this quarter, the group presentation asks you to use other media forms to speak to the work conducted by your clusters. More specifically, it asks you to present your work with the sustainability or shelf-life of our exhibit in mind.

Your presentation should be framed around these concerns:

In five years from now, what will be the status of our Omeka exhibit on DIY music and the Croc? How (if at all) will it have changed or grown? Why will it still matter? Who (if anyone) will be accessing and moderating it? And how?

With those concerns in mind, your presentation should:

Be between 7 and 8 minutes in duration,

Be prepared and rehearsed,

Point your peers and me to what—exactly—your cluster did this quarter,

Mention what you still think needs to be done to the exhibit,

Articulate your concerns about the future of the exhibit,

Include a concise and easy-to-read print handout, intended for readers five years from now and including guidelines (or a “sustainability plan”) for how to pick up, develop, and maintain our exhibit,

Mention at least two specific things your cluster collectively learned about digital collaboration and publication,

Include a visual medium of some sort (e.g., PowerPoint, Google Docs, or Prezi presentation), and

Be conducted in such a way that it is clear how all cluster members contributed. (In other words, not everyone needs to speak, especially if your cluster is large.)

Feel free to present from your cluster’s perspective. For example, if your cluster oversees the exhibit’s metadata, then you don’t need to account for what the theme/code cluster, or the history/representation cluster, is doing (or should be doing in the future).

Each cluster will present during our last class meeting: Wednesday, March 9th. Your presentation should not exceed the time limit. Presentations will be followed by a brief Q&A, so be prepped to respond to any quibbles or concerns.

Prior to the presentation, all of your materials (e.g., the digital version of your handout and other presentation materials, like slides) should be uploaded to the class WordPress blog and included in a blog entry (one entry per cluster).

That’s it! By comment below, please let me know what questions you have. I’m happy to elaborate on anything above, since I’m sure not everything is crystal clear.

It’s been a pleasure working with you this quarter.