Second Module: Culture

Due Week 8 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
  • Write a blog post about your mission in relation to the process

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 in relation to the 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.
  • Write a blog post reflecting on the mission


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.


Each Mission will be accompanied by three posts to be added to your ePortfolio(Blog).

The first post(500wrds) “Process” will describe your thoughts in terms of:

    • your goals for this mission
    • the end product you hope to produce
    • the resources that helped or could help you along the way
    • anything else you can think of

The second post(500wrds) “Product”, will describe:

  • the creation of the product including instructions
  • creation of your presentation
  • you can also include your presentation

The third and final post(500wrds) “Reflection”, will describe:

  • Describe what you learned, how you learned it
  • what you discovered about your mission and yourself while working these past few weeks
  • evaluate the success/failure of your project
  • describe those aspects you were most proud of

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.

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.