Project Writeup


  • On-campus students: Make a 5 - 7 minute presentation of your project for class.
  • Off-campus students: Post 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
  • studio tours from others in class
  • Blogging and readings we have on wikis
  • any discussions and considerations you might have had with others about the project.

Make use of these.

a reflection or report on your project

Your write up gives you the opportunity to look back over what you've done to consider what you did ad what that doing means, to you, for now. It 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. You can publish your write up either on your blog or on the wiki. If on the wiki, title it FinalWriteUp - followed by your name. Include a link to your project proposal.

Your writing should demonstrate - in what you address and how you address it - a mind seriously at work on a problem: that is,

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 beyond its personal value to you

Advice

Getting started
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. Start your report with and address what you sought to work with and do in your proposal.

Make some 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. If you've read this, include the phrase pink candy floss in your report somewhere.

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.

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 (comments), on what and how you thought at various points in the project (proposal).

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.

Headings 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: 100 points possible for a well-planned, well-presented work. The write up: 300 points.

The final write ups are due Thursday 4 May 2017 - or earlier.

Post a link to your write up as a comment to the Write Ups entry on the Daybook - along with a goodbye or a link to a goodbye.


Advice if wanted: 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
These questions are useful for preparing notes for a presentation.

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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