Project Presentation and Writeup


You have two related tasks to finish up the semester.
  • Making a 5 - 7 minute presentation on your project for class
  • Composing a final write up: a reflection or report on your project

You have material to review and draw from in considering your project
  • your project proposal
  • the project itself
  • the studio tour
  • any discussions and considerations you might have had with others about the project.

Make use of these.

for class: a presentation based of your project

You'll be presenting in class for 5 - 7 minutes. From the front of the class, you'll either walk us through linked material on our computers, or you can use the Magic Lantern to present your material on the big screen. This is a short presentation, so you will need to prepare. You can give us an overview of your project and what you conclude from what happened, walk us through some of the exemplary material, distribute samples, open up to some questions...

Think of your presentation as a first run-through for your final write up. In fact, most students use a first draft of their final write up for their presentation.

But aim, in your 5 - 7 minutes, towards giving us a sense of what you discovered that we can applaud and take away with us.

for the final write up: a reflection or report on your project

This can be a single node essay (with links to examples and details, of course) on the wiki, or an extensive blog entry. Or it can be a multi-node wiki essay on the course wiki. If you do it on the wiki, add the page to your wiki name page: title it FinalWriteUpYourName. Please link the write up to your project and your project proposal.

Your writing should demonstrate - in what you address and how you address it - a mind seriously at work on a problem:
a mind looking back over what it has done over the last 5 weeks, and, drawing on text and events, making sense of what happened, and delving into what the project comes to mean.

As in your class presentation, you're aiming to present a sense of what you have discovered through your project.

The write up also helps me read, review, and evaluate your project. Point to places in your project that I should know about, and explain what you make of those matters.

Advice

Getting started
Go back and review your project proposal to remind yourself what your goals were, to get a sense of where you were heading when you started; review the studio tour to get a sense of how you progressed. Your report should start with and address what you sought to work with and do in your proposal.

Do notes
Create some headings to cover from those notes. Write a draft, let it rest, go back and revise. Really revise, too, rather than simply edit. This kind of writing takes time. Expect to spend a few sessions at it. Use your presentation as a trial run for an early draft, then revise for the final write up.

No need to justify
If you didn't fulfill the expectations in your proposal, if things didn't pan out the way you expected, your project did not fail. Look to and discuss and build on what you did do, what did happen, what came about in the end.

About voice and the relationship with audience
Using first-person will tend to keep you close to the evidence and make it hard to over-generalize and become preachy. First-person will also help you strike a collegial relationship with your reader that's appropriate here. Some of your midterm reflections show an appropriate voice and relationship with readers - an approach that opens you up to speculation and discovery.

This write up is an act of synthesis. You're drawing on what you've done and written, what others have written about what you have done and written (studio tour), on what and how you thought at various points in the project (proposal, mid-term reflection).

At its most basic, the writeup can be a Report: Here's what I did - Here's what happened - Here's what it seems to mean for me, and for others.

At its most insightful, the writeup will become reflective and will begin to address larger questions of literacy, technology, art, and meaning. Strive for the first but push towards the second.

Use links. Link to places in your project and elsewhere - as well as quoting - to help you point to, explain, and exemplify what you're writing about.

Arrangement

Start your write up with a review of your project proposal - what you planned to do - as a way of opening up what you did and what happened.

Heads and subheads will be helpful in getting this work arranged and focused - but you need to tailor (generate and select) the topics to address given your project. In developing your topics, draw on your project proposal, or consider some of the questions below on this page.

Evaluation

I'll evaluate your project in light of your proposal and any changes, and the guidelines listed in the CourseSyllabus. Generally, I'll award the points you contracted for - unless you exceeded your contract or fell short of it.

Your report comes into play in evaluating your project: it can help me get a handle on how to think about your project. Presentation: 50 points possible for a well-planned, well-presented work. The write up: 100 points.

Due

You'll present during the finals meeting.

The final write ups are due midnight, Thu 8 May , 2014 - or earlier. Post an announcement and a link in the comments of the appropriate post on the Daybook.



Some examples
Here are a few examples of how students handled the final write up in the past. The students who created these write ups use their experience with the project and the course as a whole - as well as the media of hypertext - to define and critique what they have learned. They embed, they link, they consider. They find ways of approaching the writeup that make writing it into something more than a summary, a rehash, or a chore, and so do themselves justice as learners. They each create a writeup that enacts what it asserts.

Two ways to get started and organized

1: default outline

Don't try to force conclusions. Derive and create them from what you have done and observed. Conclusions don't need to be earth-shattering to be insightful. Embrace the everyday.

2: topoi
Here are some questions to help you consider what you did and what that doing came to mean. They are meant to be guides for invention, not an outline for presentation.

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