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LET’S GO Itinerary 2013, Design Session

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Welcome to our first “regularly scheduled” session.  We’ll follow the regular schedule reflected in this Wave Action diagram:

series of waves labeled with due dates

Monday, Jan. 21  —

We’re exploring design this week so you’ll begin by reflecting on what knowledge of design you may bring to this exploration.  Some of us have had courses on design or studied on our own while this is totally new territory for others.  You should find Playshop 2: Design helpful.  Chris Leborg’s introduction to design is featured.

Even though the theory and blogging is due this week, it’s not a bad idea at all to be looking ahead to the Design Project.  Begin with the ending in mind!  Essentially you’ll be taking the design elements that LeBorg identifies and making a photograph for each one that clearly reflects that element.  You’ll publish these on your blog.

Heads-up that you will receive on Monday an email with a link to your RAP (Reflective Assessment Process) portfolio stored in NC State’s Google Sites.  I’ll explain more during Thursday’s Studio Time but do be sure to review the rubrics for Conversational, Multimedia Blogging and Digital Storytelling before you begin your blogging and project work this session.  More on the Reflective Assessment Process (RAP) . . .

To make this exercise more interesting for you and engaging for your viewers, create an unusual way to present your design element gallery.  The DS 106 suggestion I learned from was to take a Design Safari.  I found creating trading cards helpful and also focusing on one subject — in my case, buildings in Raleigh.  Wouldn’t it be cool to focus on food (hint, hint Joanne 😉 or toys or vegetables or whatever strikes your fancy and creativity?  The trading cards would require some photo-editing work to resize and add the trading card effect.  If you’re ready to explore a photo-editing program like PhotoShop or GIMP (my personal fave because it’s free) though Photoshop is available free on the Virtual Computing Lab while you’re a student, then plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time for a bit of a learning curve.  Okay, as Joanne will point out — PowerPoint is also a handy tool for doing some simple design tasks.  You could easily create your trading card template, add your photographs, and save as jpgs.  Use the simplest tool is good advice unless you’re ready to use a more powerful one so you can learn to do things you could never accomplish with the simple tool.  Have fun with this project!

Wednesday, Jan. 23 — Design Blog Posts due

Be sure to blog by 11:59 pm tonight.  Use the Essential Questions and/or your own questions that these generate to synthesize your learning about the creative aptitude of design.  Again, review the Conversational, Multimedia Blogging Guide and the rubric in the RAP Google Sites folder.  Don’t feel tied to text — audio or video blogging is encouraged.  Or some hybrid you create.  On the Menu page in the RAP folder I’ve included some exemplars you can check out.

Oh, and remember to select the “conversations” category so your post will appear in our Blog Hub.  And “Set Featured Image” to upload image you’d like to represent your post on our Course Blog.

Thursday, Jan. 24 — Studio Time

Bill Lovin aka Ajax Quinnell as you know him from the Bookhenge began his career in his teens as a wedding photographer. Then he fell in love with scuba diving and became an underwater videographer.  So he’s photographed/videotaped a pretty diverse range of subjects — from brides to killer whales.  Bill will lead our discussion on how to make good photographs with whatever camera you have available.  Please do plan on contributing to the conversation by sharing a photograph (or two) that reflects a lesson you’ve learned about making good photos or simply one that you’re really proud of and can explain why.  You can upload these to Flickr and share the links in the backchannel or send to me to make a slide.

Friday, Jan. 25 — Responses to Colleagues’ Blogs due

Choose a minimum of two colleague’s blogs to respond to.  Remember that the responses should work to extend the conversation– and it’s a plus if you can build community while accomplishing that feat.  If you read something you’d like to share with the world, please tweet a shout out to the blogger and the world.  Check out the Conversational, Multimedia Blogging Guide and the RAP rubric to learn more.

Wednesday, Jan. 31 — Design Projects due

You’ll post your design elements project to your blog.  This is really your first project work so create a category: projectgallery.  One word, no caps.  You’ll also need to tag this post — see Tags below Categories.  Use the tags:  design, designelements  And yes, “Set Featured Image.”

Thursday, Feb. 1 — Design Projects shared

Our first presentation of projects!  We’ll practice using our best critique principles.   Public critique is not something educators get a lot of practice in.  Maybe because we always defer to the teacher (well, maybe not in graduate school), maybe because we’re supposed to give only praise, for whatever reason, we need practice and a good model could help.  Phil of Broken Airplane suggests Ron Berger’s “Beautiful Work” model and does a great job of selling it.  So, to use it as a guide — set a goal of giving at least one piece of effective public critique to each person and remember that Berger’s Big Three for Public Critique are:

  • Be Kind — Remember that Golden Rule and how you’d like to hear feedback.
  • Be Specific — Vague won’t help.
  • Be Helpful — Give suggestions for improvement.  IMHO.

 Please do have your blog post links handy to drop in the back channel.

Sunday, Feb. 3 — Critical Reflection Post and RAPs completed

Time to wrap for the first time.  First, revisit the rubrics for Conversational, Multimedia Blogging and Digital Storytelling.  Remember that you have a choice of self-assessing directly on the rubric or in the space provided on the Menu for this session.  Either is fine.  Just make sure your self-assessment is clearly based on the criteria.  I’ve included an exemplar of a RAP well done.

I’d say complete the RAP first and then write your Critical Reflection post to cap off the session.  The difference is that the RAP is more specific to the criteria of the assignments while the Critical Reflection is more related to your goals, your experiences, your sense of your creative process.

Do categorize your post under “conversations” and “Set Featured Image.”

RAP and Critical Reflection Post are due by 11:59 pm.  No need to email me a confirmation of completion unless you have questions. Though a tweet to the #bookhenge would be nice.

So that’s how the sessions work.  Enjoy the process!


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