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Today is our final day of class. I hope you all have learned as much as I have and have enjoyed the process a bit as well.

Today, we talked though a few more of the details for your self-reflection essay, including looking at the course outcomes from the syllabus, Georgia Tech and the State Board of Regents. Hopefully, looking at the lists and rubrics of things you were SUPPOSED to learn from this course will help you best articulate your arguments reflecting on how you grew as a communicator since January.

You had an opportunity to peer review each other’s essays and to get some feedback on your argument, evidence, structure, design and mechanics. Use this peer feedback to carefully consider how to improve your essay between now and the portfolio’s due date.

Remaining business:

  1. Please take a few minutes to fill out the CIOS survey – I take the feedback seriously and use it to improve both this course and future courses I am developing.
  2. If you haven’t yet, please consider filling out the second half of the Twitter in the Composition Classroom survey available on TSquare. It is open until Friday.
  3. If you haven’t yet, indicate by the end of today where you want your Extra Credit points allocated (replace a blog score or 10 points to Participation)
  4. Turn in your final portfolio to TSquare by the end of your exam period
    • Directions for submission of the .zip file and “secret link” are on the last page of the assignment sheet

 

Portfolio Deadlines:

  • B6 – Friday, April 28 by 11:00 am
  • A6 – Monday, May 1 by 11:00 am
  • C2- Wednesday, May 3 by 11:00 am

Today, we spent some time discussing in-depth the artifact pages for the final portfolio, including “Artifact 0” for your Common First Week video and the three additional pages for the artifacts you have chosen. We will go through the requirements of the portfolio assignment and discuss which of the artifacts from the course fits into each of the required categories and how you might use these artifacts to support the argument you want to make in your self-reflection essay. We also discussed how to best incorporate process documents into your portfolio and how to use the layout options in Mahara to best display your multimodal process documents.

You were given two options for the second half of class: either to complete the optional survey for the Twitter in the Composition Classroom study (link available on TSquare) or to work on your Mahara portfolio.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Complete a draft of your self-reflection essay and bring it to class on Monday
  2. Begin constructing your artifact pages
  3. IF YOU COMPLETED THE EXTRA CREDIT BLOG POST: If you have not already, please decide where you want your extra credit points assigned (participation or to replace a previous blog post grade). You must notify Dr. Fitz of your decision no later than April 26. It is possible for extra credit points applied to the Participation category to push your grade above 150/150.

Today we began discussing the final portfolio project in class. Together we went over the assignment sheet for the portfolio and discussed the purpose of the assignment, both for you as the student, for me as the instructor, and for the Writing and Communication Program as a department.

After talking about the assignment in general, we narrowed in and focused on the self-reflection essay, including the purpose of the essay, guidelines for approaching the essay, and how to best use Mahara to enhance the visual and organizational elements of the essay. I then gave you some time to work with a partner to brainstorm ideas for how to start the self-reflection essay.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Begin drafting self-reflection essay – bring draft of essay to class on Monday, April 24 for peer review
  2. Begin considering which artifacts might be best for your portfolio -outline or brain map which ones you think might fit the requirements for the portfolio and the argument you want to make in your self-reflection essay
  3. Check TSquare to make sure you aren’t missing anything and to make sure all of your grades are accurately represented in the gradebook.
  4. IF YOU COMPLETED THE EXTRA CREDIT BLOG POST: If you have not already, please decide where you want your extra credit points assigned (participation or to replace a previous blog post grade). You must notify Dr. Fitz of your decision no later than April 26. It is possible for extra credit points applied to the Participation category to push your grade above 150/150.

Today is group presentation day!

If you have a Powerpoint, Prezi or other presentation you want me to pull up on the computer, feel free to email it to me or come to the classroom early to set it up.

If you are planning to use your Mahara page to present your materials, use the instructions we discussed in class last Wednesday to submit the “Secret Link” to TSquare (see the PPT on TSquare). If you used a different platform to create your collection, please upload or link to that material, making extra certain I will be able to access it.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Submit 1 copy per team of your propaganda project to TSquare (follow directions to create .zip file and Secret Link for Mahara and submit both; upload video of presentation to TSquare and submit link. Projects must be submitted as one collection).
  2. Complete CATME evaluation of team no later than midnight Monday, April 17
    1. Failure to complete the CATME evaluation will result in a penalty to your collaboration grade on this assignment and could negatively impact your participation grade.
    2. Don’t forget, you will be asked to do a training exercise with fictional students first!
  3. Read assignment sheet for Final Portfolio on TSquare
  4. Bring laptop and final portfolio materials to class on Wednesday

Today is a team work day. You have options but you must MEET AS A TEAM during the 50 minutes of our class (if you do not attend your team meeting, it will count as an absence).

Your options include:

  1. Schedule a team meeting with Dr. Fitz between 8:05-11:55am
  2. Schedule a time to use the sound recording booth in Hall between 8:05-11:55am
  3. Meet in the Homer Rice classroom and work with Alison Valk (she has offered her expertise in a wide range of digital platforms including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and more).
    • Please send Alison an email letting her know if your team plans to work in Homer Rice and if you know of specific issues you are having or want help with, give her a heads up on that too (her contact info is on TSquare ->Announcements)
  4. Meet in another location (multimedia studio, Paper and Clay, Invention Studio, Communication Center, our classroom) and work together as a team

You are welcome to mix and match these options (for example, schedule a meeting with Dr. Fitz at 8:05, then go to Paper and Clay OR schedule a time to meet with a tutor at the Communication Center and then go to the multimedia studio to finish and print your materials). Meetings with me and time in the sound booth will be first come first serve, so plan to sign up ASAP.

Monday is group presentation day. If you have a Powerpoint, Prezi or other presentation you want me to pull up on the computer, feel free to submit it to TSquare no later than 6am on Monday, April 17. If you are planning to use your Mahara page to present your materials, use the instructions we discussed in class to submit the “Secret Link” to TSquare.

Wednesday, April 19 we will begin discussing and working on your final portfolios. Please plan to bring your laptop to class. Have the file with your artifacts, drafts, peer reviews, instructor feedback and reflections handy.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish group propaganda campaign
    • Assemble all artifacts in Mahara to be submitted no later than Monday, April 17 by 11:55 pm (one per team)
  2. Prepare for group presentation of propaganda campaign in class on Monday, April 17
    • Submit any A/V presentation materials to TSquare no later than 6am Monday
  3. Complete CATME evaluation of team after you finish your presentation in class on Monday – due by 11:55pm
  4. Collect materials for final portfolio project for class on Wednesday

For today, we discussed the key elements to successful group presentations and the types of preparation you should consider that differ from preparation for individual presentations.

Then, we watched a clip from the final episode of Season 1 of the 3% on Netflix and discussed the “twist” ending, along with the article you read for today. We discussed the implications of the ending and imagined what the next season of the show might look like and what the “Offshore” might look like as an imagined utopia.

A note about using Mahara and the ways in which you should plan to use the platform to display your propaganda projects. Key points to remember:

  1. One team member should assemble the portfolio and be responsible for turning it in
  2. The way you lay out the materials in Mahara is a part of the presentation: keep visual design and visual rhetoric elements in mind as you begin to assemble your artifacts.
  3. If you have artifacts that exist in non-digital form (such as physical objects, performances), you will need to include a digital representation (photographs, video) in the Mahara portfolio but you can also turn in the physical object after your presentation in class on April 17.

HOMEWORK:

Friday is a team work day. You have options but you must MEET AS A TEAM during the 50 minutes of our class (if you do not attend your team meeting, it will count as an absence).

Your options include:

  1. Schedule a team meeting with Dr. Fitz between 8:05-11:55am
  2. Schedule a time to use the sound recording booth in Hall between 8:05-11:55am
  3. Meet in the Homer Rice classroom and work with Alison Valk (she has offered her expertise in a wide range of digital platforms including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and more)
    • Please send Alison an email letting her know if your team plans to work in Homer Rice and if you know of specific issues you are having or want help with, give her a heads up on that too (her contact info is on TSquare ->Announcements)
  4. Meet in another location (multimedia studio, Paper and Clay, Invention Studio, Communication Center, our classroom) and work together as a team

You are welcome to mix and match these options (for example, schedule a meeting with Dr. Fitz at 8:05, then go to Paper and Clay OR schedule a time to meet with a tutor at the Communication Center and then go to the multimedia studio to finish and print your materials). Meetings with me and time in the sound booth will be first come first serve, so plan to sign up ASAP.

Monday is group presentation day. If you have a Powerpoint, Prezi or other presentation you want me to pull up on the computer, feel free to submit it to TSquare no later than 6am on Monday, April 17. If you are planning to use your Mahara page to present your materials, use the instructions we discussed in class to submit the “Secret Link” to TSquare.

Wednesday, April 19 we will begin discussing and working on your final portfolios. Please plan to bring your laptop to class. Have the file with your artifacts, drafts, peer reviews, instructor feedback and reflections handy.

Today, we discussed the end of Ship Breaker in a fishbowl!

We also discussed the Netflix series 3%, covering episodes 1, 2, and 4 (no spoilers if you finished the series over the weekend! We’ll watch a clip from the final episode and discuss it next class!) We started with a close reading of the introduction to The Process and what it means to have a society based on separation.

Once we completed our discussion, I gave you the remaining time to work in your teams on the propaganda project. We will discuss the group presentation and using Mahara to compile your propaganda artifacts on Wednesday, so for now continue working on the actual artifacts and your team presentation.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read the IndieWire article about the show’s “twist” ending
  2. Log into Mahara.gatech.edu and explore
  3. Continue working on the propaganda project with your team

Friday is a team work day. You have options but you must MEET AS A TEAM during the 50 minutes of our class (if you do not attend your team meeting, it will count as an absence).

Your options include:

  1. Schedule a team meeting with Dr. Fitz between 8:05-11:55am
  2. Schedule a time to use the sound recording booth in Hall between 8:05-11:55am
  3. Meet in the Homer Rice classroom and work with Alison Valk (she has offered her expertise in a wide range of digital platforms including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, iMovie, and more)
    • Please send Alison an email letting her know if your team plans to work in Homer Rice and if you know of specific issues you are having or want help with, give her a heads up on that too (her contact info is on TSquare ->Announcements)
  4. Meet in another location (multimedia studio, Paper and Clay, Invention Studio, Communication Center, our classroom) and work together as a team

You are welcome to mix and match these options (for example, schedule a meeting with Dr. Fitz at 8:05, then go to Paper and Clay OR schedule a time to meet with a tutor at the Communication Center and then go to the multimedia studio to finish and print your materials). Meetings with me and time in the sound booth will be first come first serve, so plan to sign up ASAP.

Dear Class,

Unfortunately, I woke up this morning quite a bit under the weather and thus will not be able to hold class. With apologies, I am going to have to change our schedule again.

Please use our regularly scheduled class time today to meet with your teams and work on your propaganda project. You should feel free to meet in our usual classroom if you like, or to meet in a location that works for you (the multimedia lab, the library, etc.) Feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns you would like to run past me.

It is unlikely that I will be able to hold this evening’s screening of the 3%. The show is a Netflix original series and so is only available through that online streaming platform. If you have Netflix, you should be all set to watch it. If you do not have a Netflix account, I encourage you to reach out to classmates via Twitter, email, or during your group meetings this morning to see if anyone can invite you to screen it with them. Also, Netflix offers a free 30 day trial, so you should be able to sign up, watch the show over the weekend, then cancel your subscription without any cost. You should plan to watch episodes 1, 2, and 4.

HOMEWORK

For class on Monday, we will spend half of the class discussing the last half of Ship Breaker and then we will move on to talk about 3%. Please also read CCUL Chapter 10. Your final blog post will be due Monday at 11:55pm.

Today, we spent the majority of our time looking at Ship Breaker and your discussion questions from the last two class periods on Twitter. You can see the Storify of your discussion questions here:

 

I also gave you the last few minutes of class to meet with your team and discuss your progress on the propaganda project.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Ship Breaker part 3 (Chapters 18-25, finish the book)
  2. Work on the propaganda project with your team

Today, we started by reflecting on the poster project and poster session from Friday. Be sure to store those reflections in a safe place, as they will come in handy in a few weeks!

 

Then, we started working through Ship Breaker, discussing chapters 1-10. In teams, you worked through the first ten chapters of the book and answered some major questions related to the world building of the novel.

  1. What are the various new religious/spiritual beliefs in this future world? Which characters are ascribed specifically to a religion?
  2. Where is Bright Sands Beach located? What elements of geography, terrain, topography or climate help you determine this?
  3. What does the hierarchy look like among the crew on the beach? In what order does an individual owe loyalty?
  4. How does the economy (both local and global) function in the future?

Once each team presented the answer to their area of research, we discussed the world building of the novel, compared it to others we have read, and discussed the importance of detail to creating a believable dystopia. We also discussed some of the elements of ecodystopia present in the text and how the CCUL reading for today helped you to see some of these world building elements differently.

Once we completed our discussion for the day, you remained in your teams to complete and sign your team charters and turn them in. Then, you spent the remaining class time working in your teams to brainstorm, plan, or continue work on your propaganda project.

 

HOMEWORK:

  • Read Ship Breaker part 2 (Chapters 11-17, pg 118-217)
  • Read CCUL 9
  • Work on Propaganda Project with your team
    • Due April 17