First Module: Creativity

Due Week 5, 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.
  • Write a blog post about your mission in relation to the process

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


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.


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:

    • our 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

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.

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.

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.