Modules are flexible, open-ended inquiries into certain topics and skills related to digital studies. Three times during the semester, ad hoc working groups will spend two weeks working on a chosen project, concluding that with a presentation on their progress and outcomes. Find your cohort by declaring your intent to work on a particular module in the appropriate Slack channel, and then communicate with that cohort on Slack and in-person through the week.
Before January 29
- Review the available modules (any tagged "creativity" on DGST101.net)
- Find a cohort of like-minded colleagues (at least 2 other people)
- Declare your intent in that channel, and describe your basic plans and goals
From January 29 to February 9
- Work on the module by reading the recommend reading and completing or attempting the recommended tasks
- Share your accomplishments, obstacles, and challenges in your Slack channel
- Support others in your group as they share their work
- Meet in person at least once with members of your group to work on your module projects
- Write a blog post about your module (at least one) -- focus either on your process or your product
On February 9
- What you'd hoped to accomplish
- What you actually accomplished
- What you learned along the way
- How you learned along the way
The "creativity" modules all describe or imply a product as an outcome of the module (an animated GIF or two for "Art of the Animated GIF", for example), so your work should follow a path of your own design that will hopefully result in an appropriate product. However, you won't be graded on whether or not you achieve that goal of making something. Instead, your objectives are to learn something new and to learn more about how your learn with digital tools and concepts by designing, understanding, and reflecting on your own processes. Doing this well is hard, and it starts by challenging yourself to move beyond your comfort zone.
In at least two blog entries on your DGST101 blog (wherever you're blogging for this class), describe and reflect on: 1) your goals for this module, 2) the end product you hope to produce, 3) the resources that helped or could help you along the way, and 4) anything else you can think of. After the module is complete, for example, its often rewarding to share what you're most proud of about your work.
Use the designated Slack channel for your module to support your colleagues and coordinate your work. Communicate frequently so share your achievements and challenges, and give each other technical support and constructive feedback when its warranted and solicited. Also, use the Slack channel to coordinate your group presentation.
On February 9, be prepared to share your work with other people in the class. This will not be a presentation in the traditional sense, but if you feel like preparing slides, you're welcome to.
Also, by midnight on February 9, submit a brief (about one page) reflection here in Canvas. You may post it in your blog and link it here, you may write text here, you can upload a document, or you can record a video/audio reflection. In other words, this may be one of your required (at least two) blog entries, but it doesn't have to be. In this reflection, describe what you learned, how you learned it, and what you discovered about your module and yourself while working these past couple of weeks. Evaluate the success/failure of your project or describe those aspects you were most proud of.
When I evaluate your work, I will take into account
- any blog posts you've written
- any contributions to your Slack channel
- the work or artifacts you create
- your sharing of your research on February 9
When I look at all this work, I will want to see that you've set challenging goals for yourself, that you've made a good faith effort at accomplishing those goals, and that you've reflected on and evaluated your learning process throughout the two weeks that you've worked on this.
Based on all this, I'll assign you one of three grades: incomplete, satisfactory, or excellent.