Project 2: Transliteracy Website Node
an overview . . .
Project 2 is an individual project and presentation. For Project 2, everyone will create a “node” or web page for a site we will create titled “mediated writing”. As we have learned through out the semester, texts and literacies undergo significant changes when they shift technologies. The point here is to allow you to show off the work you think you learned the most from in the class in a creative project. This project will still be about stories, technology literacies, and forums but with a twist. You will take your paper Digital Literacy Biography or public domain writing and remix it into a new media form. Some things must change into a new medial form drawing on the conversations about literacy we have had as a class. You will then create a Transliteracy Website Node where you present your remix as well as the original piece discussing how the writing and digital media and how it “works” in its different formats. Keep in mind that different “literacies” draw on different assumptions of authorship, different forms of delivery and forums, and different channels of information, different “chunks” of information, etc. You must create and remix your some public domain work into a new transmedia story.
Pick some public domain work. Rework that work into an interactive “story” or “game” Then create an interactive power point, complete with sound and visual designs. I would like it to be an interactive slideshow but if you have another idea, I am perfectly willing to hear it and see what you do. Whatever you choose it must have a significant visual element and be digitally produced with new research. The point is to create a multimedia examination of what you have learned in the class as well as more traditional research.
a bit of context…
For this project, you will create a “node” or a single web page that will be compiled with the nodes of others into a web site about how writing changes shape, analyzed through a technological and literacy perspective. The purpose of this project is:
- to get you to compose in a new form, drawing on assets that you have and learning about the composition process of another literacy
- to provide some space and time for you to trace writing across media technologies
- to get you to change the shape of information genres;
- to get you experimenting with designing spaces that are hypertextual, potentially nonlinear, and that require navigation and linking structures; and
- to allow you some hands-on experience with low entry web software that will help you format the information you wish to present (e.g., google sites, wordpress).
getting started . . .
Choosing your focus text is perhaps the most crucial step in beginning your transmedia project. The first issue is thinking about what texts you have access to both in the physical sense and in the legal sense. For example, you may have written a script for a new Batman comic but you can’t animate it for this course because you don’t have the intellectual property “rights” to Batman. Public domain texts have influenced many of the contemporary texts we have today. Find something like the thing that you like in the public domain.
analyzing your findings
Once you’ve decided on your focus and gathered materials, you will want to come up with an analytical approach—a way to look at and scrutinize what you’ve found. For instance, you might want to focus on how different technological media change the message, asking questions like:
- What can my media slideshow do that the book can’t?
- What do I leverage sound? Choice? Visuals?
You might want to focus on issues related to the movement of media, asking questions like:
- What’s different about media today from 100 years ago? 15 years ago?
- What does what I’ve gathered tell me about media/literacies consumption and production today?
You might want to focus on issues related to being media literate, asking questions like:
- What do I need to know to read across technologies/illiteracies?
- What skills are needed for each particular medium?
- What do I need to know to create this sort of media?
- What skills are needed for each particular medium?
As well as analyzing a text, you should let your answers drive decisions about your slideshow remix of that text. For example, if a you allowed to make decisions for the explorers in At The Mountains of Madness what will you do if the audience/player doesn’t want to explore? How will you solicit and encourage reader participation?
thinking it through . . .
Once you’ve decided on your focus, conducted some content, gathered some assets, storyboarded your interactions and written up your analysis and findings, you’ll want to think about how your page will look, and how you will organize the information. You do not have to publish on the web. This is not a requirement of this assignment. However, I choose to offer you ways to do that, if you choose to use them. And I encourage you to self-publish. I can provide a Dropbox in Webcourses for those who choose not to share their work online, but the file size of these projects sometimes becomes an issue. I will not make you “go live.” Once you have a sense of how you want to present your information, I strongly encourage you to map out the site as you plan, before you sit down at a computer. You might draft a hand-drawn sketch of what your page might look like. You might craft a “wireframe” in an application like PowerPoint or Photoshop.
deliverables for your project …
Think of this as a sort of check list of things you have to do to finish this project.
Part A: the selection of some public domain work and a “plan” for a draft i.e. decision tree or story board.
Part B: An interactive slideshow that runs with sound and visuals.
Part C: A brief reflective piece to your transmedia literacy project (1200 ish words) where you express the most important literacy issues that came to bear on your project as well as a brief account of the composition of your project. Feel free to use the class study guides to explain your work.
Part D: A website that houses parts A-C.
Your polished and published node should include:
- well-written, well-presented textual information
- well-chosen, well-presented graphical information
- use of design elements (e.g., background, fonts) within your web site that help to illustrate the topic that you’ve focused on
- appropriate citations and links to other sites, cites, and sources
publishing your site . . .
You might work on your site on your computer, saving it locally.
Technical Considerations . . .
- Multimedia: Must work, no second chances. That means TEST YOUR WORK
- Make sure to test your work on another machine! If I can not access it, you have not turned it in.
Evaluation Criteria . . .
Your work will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Technical Skill: Were there any hiccups in getting the project to the right audience? Did you personalize templates?
- Design Skill: Did you maximize the media you choose to deliver it in? Use video effectively? Use audio effectively? Did form match function? How aware are you of different technological affordances and literacy skills?
- Literacy Awareness: Did you match your style of composition to the appropriate design decision? What ideas or themes did you pick and how easily can an audience trace them across your transmedia project?
- Intertextuality/Intellectual Rigor: How well and how much did you draw on course materials? Did you add value to the discussion by linking ideas from the course? How well did you integrate texts and ideas?
- Reflection: How well does your work engage the course goals in a robust way either through writing or design? How well does the reflection engage in explanations of different literacies? How well does it describe both the thought process of the transmedia project and the act of making?
how to get started:
Storyboards? “Storyboard. This is where it all begins. The first step is to understand what you are trying to communicate and what your intended message is. If you don’t understand your message, no one will. Creating a script or storyboard will help ensure that you and your audience understands your intent.” How to Storyboard (technique over content in this one) An example of a video storyboard: “Watch What You Wear”, a public service announcement from “A” Word Productions.
IMPORTANT: Keeping track of your files is crucial. Start by making a folder for files that are a part of this project. A script? Do you need to write a script for a voice-over in your movie? A script to go with your story board? Write one! An app? You don’t need to be a programmer to make apps! Take a look at App Inventor for Android!