Blog Reflection (04/07, 04/09)

Here are some prompts for you to consider reflecting upon this last week:

Reflect on your learning for this week, as well as your group work experience thus far. What your first impressions on using weebly? Were you intimidated? Were you surprised in any way? Do you have any concerns?

Also, reflect on the project-planning phase. Or reflect on these notions of rhetoric of hyperlinks, and the movement you can make with them. How do you think your group can benefit from this knowledge?

You can also discuss your contributions to the process, as well as any success stories or what you could have done to make the experience and outcome even better.

Links to Profiles & Design

Rebecca Moore Howard

Geoff Sauer

Mahatma Gandhi

Web & Document Design
CtW book: Chapter 20 on “Web Design” (pgs. 592-602)

Document Design Powerpoint Presentation

Vocabulary of Space

Links for Class

Wikipedia Commons

Readings for Friday, April 9th

Site Diagrams-Mapping an Information Space

Rhetoric of Hyperlinks Handout

Group Contract and Schedule Example

Download the following documents onto your computer and in your groups begin to plan how you are going to complete this project. **Note the more organized you are upfront, the better your project will turn out.

Take a look at the example below. Although it is for a different class and project, it provides you with a model on how you might be more specific in this planning process.

HMP Project Task List

HMP Group Contracts

Example Wiki page with group contract and group schedule:

For your reference, here is the updated Unit Description:
HyperMedia Profile Unit Description (updated)

To help you consider your audience, here is the “Understanding Your Readers” handout that you were given for the commentary unit:
A Checklist for Understanding Your Readers

Class Schedule:

Fri., 03-09: Not a workday, discuss readings, weebly tutorial
Mon., 03-12: Class Workday, choose visualization platform by Wednesday
Wed., 03-14: Predominantly workday
Fri., 03-16: Day to experiment with your chosen visualization platform
Mon., 03-19: Workday
Wed., 03-21: Workday
Fri., 03-23: Project due date

Two Blogs: 1) Commentary Puzzle Task 3., 2) Unit Reflection

This task is to be written as a blog post, and to be finished prior to our regular class time on Friday, 03-12-2010.

Commentary Puzzle :: Task 3
A. Read through the modifications made by your peer.

B. Compare the thesis your peer thought the body of your paper supported with the actual thesis you wrote. What are the differences? What changes can you make to either in the thesis or body of your paper to make sure the two reflect each other?

C. Consider the possibilities of a structure different that your original one. Does your peer’s arrangement add something? Take away something?

Commentary Unit Reflection :: Portfolio Letter Writing Practice
For the remainder of the semester, you will be utilizing your blogs as a reflective learning tool, practicing good portfolio writing, leading up to the final portfolio unit. For this, please read pages 632 – 635, and then reflect on your commentary paper and what in class helped you prepare for this paper.

For these blogs posts, I want you to practice explaining your development as a writer, evaluating your strengths and weaknesses. Essentially, start to keep a log of your learning experiences in class to prepare you for the final portfolio letter.

Have a great Spring Break!

Question Copyrights(?) Video

An interesting argument on why we might consider revisions to existing copyright laws on information. What do you think?

Anatomy of a MindMap (Kleon style)

Kleon, Mind Map example

For some varying examples of more visual mind maps, see Austin Kleon’s blog.

The following is a short “presentation” that dissects one of his mind maps:

Some resources to produce a mind map online:

Prezi — an online presentation software that has the right tools to make a good mind map. — a mapping software with variable elements to incorporate in your mind map.