Second Module: Culture

Due Week 8 Points 100 Submitting a text entry box, a website url, a media recording, or a file upload


Missions 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 several weeks working on a chosen project, concluding that with a presentation on their progress and outcomes. For this module,  choose a mission from the “culture” group.

This is the second mission rotation, and as such, you should aim higher than you did for the first mission. Build on your own developing skill bases and on the work already done by the last group that worked on that mission. Challenge yourself!


Week 6     .

  • Review the available missions, and select one to work on
  • Join the Slack channel for that mission
  • Declare your intent in that channel, and describe your basic plans and goals

Week 7

  • Work on the mission 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 twice with members of your group to work on your mission projects
  • Write a blog post about your mission (at least two) — focus either on your process or your product
  • Meet with your group to plan for your presentation

Week 8

  • With your group, take about 5 minutes to briefly present:
    • What you’d hoped to accomplish
    • What you actually accomplished
    • What you learned along the way
    • How you learned along the way
  • As before, prepare 1 – 2 slides each, and present each slide for 30 seconds.


Although many of the missions describe or imply a product as an outcome (an animated GIF, for example), your work should follow a path of your own initiative and it need not result in a specific product. Instead, your outcome should be self-selected and oriented toward your learning. Your goal is to learn more about how your learn with digital tools and toward digital concepts by designing and laying claim to your own processes. Doing this well is hard, and you should challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zone.


In at least two blog entries on your DMED H1029 blog (wherever you’re blogging for this class), describe and reflect on: 1) your goals for this mission, 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 mission 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 mission 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 it’s warranted and solicited. Also, use the Slack channel to coordinate your group presentation.

On Week 8, present the outcomes of your mission to the class. These presentations will be brief, but they should be planned, thoughtful, and engaging. You must use some visual material (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.) and each member of the group must participate in the presentation in some way.

Also, before your presentation during Week 8, submit a brief (about one page) reflection in Moodle. (You may post it in your blog and link it in Moodle(file with URL), you may write text here, you can upload a document, or you can record a video/audio reflection.) Describe what you learned, how you learned it, and what you discovered about your mission and yourself while working these past couple of weeks. You may also want to evaluate the success/failure of your project or describe those aspects you were most proud of.

After the presentations, I’ll invite each team to edit and expand on the mission so that later groups may benefit from what you discovered.