Technology Review

Posted April 12, 2012 by kcwalker
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Use the sheet on D2L, “New Media Resources” and choose one technology to review. In your review you’ll want to address two general items:

1) Describe/Analyze the technology–What does it do/not do? What is it good at/not good at? Who uses it? Why does it exist? etc.

2) Personally interpret the technology–try to use the technology. How user friendly is it? What is your opinion on how it works? Would you ever use it? Why or Why not? How and when would you use it? What would it be good for? When would you not use it? etc.

Try to write about 500 words in your technology review.


Genre Analysis of Visual/Multi-Modal Argument

Posted April 10, 2012 by kcwalker
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For class on Thursday, choose one visual/multi-modal genre and write a genre analysis on it. First you’ll want to post your example on the blog and tell us what genre it is.

Next, write about three things (approx. 500 words): What is the social context of the genre (who uses it, why does it exist, where does it come from, etc.); What are the formal elements of design, or the rhetorical choices, (i.e. visual coherence, salience, and organization); How do the formal elements of design connect to the visual’s argument, purpose, and overall attempted effect on the audience? In other words, how do the formal elements of design connect to the social context to create an argument?

To help you get use to some of the terms of visual analysis, I’ve posted a document on D2L titled, “Key Terms for Visual Analysis and Design.” It’s under content/texts for Public Arguments.

Finally, while I don’t expect you to write about this, think about how you might create your own example of this visual/multi-modal genre.

Genre Analysis of Wikipedia Entry

Posted April 3, 2012 by kcwalker
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For Thursday, you’ll want to write a genre analysis of a Wikipedia page. Ideally, this page is directly on your topic, but if it’s not, try to find one that is closely related.

The genre analysis should be 600-750 words of clear, cohesive and well structure prose. It should: 1) Describe the social context of the genre; 2) define and describe the rhetorical choices within the genre; and 3) connect the rhetorical choices to the social context to describe the purpose of the genre. For an overview, see the reading on D2L on “Genre Analysis.”

The reading on “Wikipedia as Participatory Journalism” will help you describe the social context. But also think about it: when do you use Wikipedia? How often? What do you get from it that you couldn’t find anywhere else? Why is it useful?

Then you’ll want to analyze your particular page. What’s there? What’s not there? What could be there? How are issues described? How does the page frame this particular issue? Think broadly in terms of organization, arrangement, and content, but also think specifically in terms of sentence structures, length, and word choice. You’ll probably want to write a couple of paragraphs about this.

Finally, connect your particular page to the social context. Who would use this page? Why? Has it seen lots of revision? What does that say about it? What is the purpose of this page and who does it serve?

Inquiry, Method, Execution: Two Student Papers

Posted March 9, 2012 by kcwalker
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For next Tuesday, first read two student papers on D2L: UA Honors College and Working Students.

Then in your blog, compare and contrast the two research projects in 500 words. You’ll want to compare and contrast three things: 1) their framework: do you think the inquiry is appropriate for a research project?; 2) do you think the methods they used are the best ones to help them answer their questions, or are there other that might have helped them more?; 3) How well did they answer their original questions? In other words, how well did they achieve what they set out to do?

Remember to write this compare/contrast in well developed, coherent paragraphs with claims, evidence, and analysis. Make a claim on the questions above. Provide evidence (with citations), and in your analysis, show how the evidence proves the claims. We will talk about your responses on Tuesday, and discuss how you might write your own project.


Frame Topics with Inquiry

Posted February 17, 2012 by kcwalker
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For Tuesday, you’ll need a topic to begin conducting preliminary research. Hopefully by now you have at least a couple ideas for topics you might pursue. We’ll use the research time in class to help you find a framework for your project, but in order to make this research time productive, you’ll need to narrow your topics down. If you don’t, you could spend the next two classes gathering research that won’t be useful to you. The ideal for this week is to find a number of sources that will help you frame your project.

Here are a number of good ways to narrow a topic: time, place, person, story. For example, let’s say I am interested in coffee. I might frame my inquiry around time: When did coffee first get exported to the United States?; place: Where is the oldest local coffee shop in Tucson?; person/culture: how does a barista learn to make designs in coffee drinks?; or story: how do corporate coffee shops brand their product versus local coffee shops? (ie what story do they tell about their product?). Each one of these questions is a different topic, and they will lead me to different types of research.

For this post, take two of your topics, and frame them in four questions (eight in total) by time, place, person, and story. You can write for a bit and then ask your questions, or simply post 8 questions. These questions will help you as you start to conduct research.

If you still are not solid on a topic by Tuesday, don’t sweat it. We’ll continue to work on it and we do have some time.

Images, Videos, and Inquiry

Posted February 14, 2012 by kcwalker
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In both “The Immortal Life” and in the Virtual Reality CAVE you saw many end products of research—one a book, and the other, 3D Virtual Worlds. When we conduct research, we seek to become experts on a certain topic. Not only do we want to share this work with other researchers in research papers, but many people in a variety of genres. Virtual Reality is one way researchers think through their research in alternate ways, and communicate their research in alternate ways, with the hope it will allow for alternate interpretations.

For this blog, I want you to think about your expertise. Consider these kinds of questions: What do you consider yourself an expert in? What do you know more about than most people? What are your passions? What interests you the most in the world? What would you like to know more about? How do you want to develop your expertise even further?

For this blog post, take one of your interests, your skills, your expertise, and come up with a number of questions that you think research can answer. Because we’ll be working with video and images, find one video and one image from the web that relates to your questions. Post one video, one image, and at least three questions onto your blog by Thursday at class time. That’s it—just a video, an image, and questions. We will then use this to talk about framing inquiry in class.  

Have fun with this. Be wild with it. Let your imaginations run. If you had a project you could build a Virtual Reality World out of, what would it look like?

*Note: wordpress likes videos from youtube, so try that first. I haven’t been successful with embed codes from other websites, but maybe you will be successful? Google images is one of the better places to go for images, but you can get them from anywhere on the web. On your blog, click on video, or image, to post.

The Fracking Song

Posted February 10, 2012 by kcwalker
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This was produced by students at NYU.