First Module: Creativity

Due Week 5, Points 100 Submitting a text entry box, a website url, a media recording, or a file upload


Commit, Connect, Create Challenge(4C) 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. Find your cohort by declaring your intent to work on a particular challenge in the appropriate Slack channel, and then communicate with that cohort on Slack and in-person through the week.


week 3   .

  • Review the available missions (any tagged “creativity” on (Links to an external site.)
  • Find a cohort of like-minded colleagues (at least 2 other, no more than 3 people)
  • Declare your intent in that channel, and describe your basic plans and goals

week 4     .

  • Work on the mission by reading the recommended 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 twice 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
  • Meet with your group to plan for your presentation

week 5

  • With your group, briefly present:
    • What you’d hoped to accomplish
    • What you actually accomplished
    • What you learned along the way
    • How you learned along the way


The “creativity” missions 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 you 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 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 5, take no more than 8 minutes with your group to present 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 Week 5, 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 few 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 module so that later groups may benefit from what you discovered.