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 a webpage presenting the outcome of your work. For this module, choose any option under the "Methodology" tag.
This is the third module rotation, and as such, you should aim even higher than you did for the first and second module. Unlike those first two modules which resulted in presentations, this third module will result in a hand-coded HTML webpage conveying your findings.
On or before Monday, April 9
- Review the available modules, and select one to work on
- Join the Slack channel for that module
- Declare your intent in that channel, and describe your basic plans and goals
From April 9 - April 20
- Work on the module by, for example, reading the recommend reading and 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 two) -- focus either on your process or your product
- Work on the web page for your project
On April 20
- Turn in your web page here
Many of the modules describe or imply a product as an outcome (an animated GIF, for example), and your work should follow a path of your own initiative. Unlike the first two module rounds which were more open-ended, your work here really should produce a finished product of some sort, and ideally that project should have a rhetorical purpose. Doing this well is hard, and having a specific outcome in mind (working toward a finished product) can help.
In at least two blog entries on your DGST101 blog, 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, it's 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.
Your hand-coded HTML page should convey the findings of your research in an essay or essay-like structure, the text of which should consist of well-written academic prose. For example, cite sources as needed to support your claims and document your sources and avoid plagiarism. More importantly, this document is a web page and as such you should use elements of web design to make your content compelling. This should include
- an appealing and reader-friendly layout
- a legible and appropriate color scheme
- embedded images
- embedded video
You can accomplish all of these things with the basics of HTML that I will go over in class. I will also commend to you the resources at W3Schools.com and Codecademy.com, which many students find helpful.