Third Module: Methodology

Due Week 12 Points 100 Submitting a text entry box, a website url, a media recording, or a file upload
Summary

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 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” (Links to an external site.) tag.

This is the third mission rotation, and as such, you should aim even higher than you did for the first and second mission. Unlike those first two missions which resulted in presentations, this third module will result in a hand-coded HTML webpage[Change to video] conveying your findings.

Timeline

Week 10    .

  • 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 11

  • 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 module (at least two) — focus either on your process or your product
  • Work on the web page [Change to video] for your project

Week 12

  • Turn in your web page here [Change to video]

Goals

Many of the missions 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.

Requirements

In at least two blog entries on your DMED H1029 blog, 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, it’s 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 its warranted and solicited.

Your hand-coded HTML page [Change to video] 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
  • links

You can accomplish all of these things with the basics of HTML that have been covered in the web dev 1 module this semester. We’ll also go over these things in class, and I will commend to you the resources at W3Schools.com and Codecademy.com.