Section B6 – 11:05am

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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.

While reading Gathering Blue, my attention has been drawn to the people’s acceptance of the existence of beasts. Throughout the story, Kira, the protagonist, is always mentioning how she lives in fear of them. To be fair, based on her understanding of events she should fear the beasts. Her father was killed by some, and when people are sent to the field to die they are eventually taken away by beasts as well. Kira fears Vandara because Vandara is a survivor of fight with a beast in which she only received a scar.  This fact of life, that the beasts are out in the forest trying to eat you, is false. The very foundation of Kira’s persona is based on a lie, and, because of this, I have become more cynical of the things I hear on the news from the media and the government.

Recently, there have been lots of stories that have very definite stances on the global stage. America should let in refugees. Russia is not our enemy, but our friend. Britain should have stayed in the European Union. Assad is using chemical weapons in Syria. These events and opinions are released to the public and both sides of the issue treat their ideas as absolute facts. People like dismissing each other’s arguments on the sole basis of their ideology and not the argument itself. Overall this has caused me to take almost every article I come across with a grain of salt instead of treating it like it is one hundred percent factual. When the government says that sending missiles to Syria was the best choice, I’m not so quick to agree. When the media likes to repeatedly claim that Russia is trying to bring about the end of America, the argument brings me back to Gathering Blue. Maybe Russia is just a beast.

Here is my latest vlog!

Warning: Do not save your vlog for your last blog post. You will have the flu and it will also be due the night of Greek sing. Somehow, you will get first at Greek Sing despite having the flu and will film this video at 11:40 pm. No, I do not know why it’s sideways but I’ve spent 20 minutes trying to fix it and it’s about time to submit. You will still have the flu, so you will go to bed as soon as this finished uploading.