This is it, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the final website update of the semester! For the past 14 weeks, you have impressed me with your willingness to be pushed out of your comfort zones, your insight into our readings, and your enthusiasm for experimenting with digital media. This new class wasn’t perfect, and I will definitely make some changes to the syllabus based on our experiences, but I hope you feel a sense of accomplishment about what you’ve done this semester. You should be proud of your work; I know I am!
We don’t have much time left, so all of your attention for this class should be directed toward your Unit #4 project. Here’s how we’ll spend our time between now and our final:
- On Monday, we won’t meet in our regular classroom, but the lab will be available for you to meet with your teams, so please feel free to use that time to make progress on Unit #4. I will hold team conferences with each team in my office (coming to the conference will count for Monday’s attendance), so please be ready to show me what your team has accomplished so far and discuss what you plan to do during the following week. If you have questions about anything related to Unit #4, this conference is the time to ask those questions and make sure you are on track for this project.
- On Wednesday, we will hold a peer critique session. Each of you will work with several members of other teams to share ideas about the strategies you have used to promote your projects and get feedback about what you might change during the final days of this assignment. I will also introduce the individual memo of transmittal for Unit #4, which will be due at the beginning of our final exam.
- On Monday, December 17, we will meet during our final exam (3:25–5:25 p.m.) to hear brief, informal presentations about your team projects. There are just a few simple guidelines for these presentations: each team should plan to speak for approximately 10 minutes, and every member of the team should take part in the presentation. Other than that, I encourage you to be creative and show us something that will inspire us. Before you come to the final, please make sure that your team has shared your Dropbox folder with me and that each member of your team has submitted his/her individual memo via Google Docs.
And that’s it! The first iteration of Writing and Digital Media will be done, and you will hold the distinction of being a pioneer and/or guinea pig, depending on your perspective. From my perspective, you will always be a group of intrepid explorers, and I wish you the best in your future endeavors, wherever they may take you!