Handouts

Course handouts, guides, tips, and miscellany will be collected here.

Project 1: Qualitative Issues: Perceptions, Conventions, Proximity

Prompt

Identify one rich and complex example of information design for analysis using the terms and principles from Chapter 2 ("Qualitative Issues: Perceptions, Conventions, Proximity") of Designing Information. Your analysis should apply at least three of the principles discussed in the chapter, which include the following:

  • use of lines
  • shape
  • form
  • color
  • labeling
  • connections
  • notation
  • time
  • point of view
  • navigation
  • interpretation

Your example for analysis should be one that can be viewed on a single screen or page, such as an information graphic, poster, flyer, book cover, or website front page. At the start of your analysis, you should include an image of the example and then some background information about its context. Your analysis should include screenshots, images, close-ups and whatever other visual content may be necessary to understand your analsysis or the basis of your conclusions. In your interpretation and conclusions, you should be sure to comment on whether the visualization of information has accurately represented the subject matter. The length of the analysis, in terms of word count, should be about 1,000 words, which may include narrative, annotations, and captions. You can use the presentation of content in Designing Information for your inspiration (i.e., layout) or other scheme that you devise.

Discussion of the Prompt

This project asks you analyze, which is a method of elaborating the complexity of a subject by breaking it down into features, components, or parts, followed by an interpretation of how everything works together to achieve (or not) some purpose. Much will depend on your selection of an example of information design for analysis. You should pick an example that is complex and interesting enough to warrant your close attention (see some tips for finding good examples below).

Deliverables

  1. Selection and short discussion of your example of information design. In a blog post, attach or provide a link to the example you want to use for your analysis and then three sentences about why this example is a good subject for analysis. Tag your post project 1. Due Thursday, Feb. 7. You'll have some time in class to discuss your example with others and, if needed, change your mind and repost a more suitable example.
  2. Initial draft for in-class peer review. You should post your draft to a blog post (tag: project 1). Your draft should include discussion of at least one of the three principles you're using to analyze the example, an image of the (full) example, and any subsidiary images that focus on particular elements. Due Thursday, Feb. 14.
  3. Polished draft. Your polished draft should include all elements of your analysis, including application of (at least) three principles, background information, representative images, interpretation, and a list of illustrations/sources/bibliography that identifies any cited material that requires documentation. Note: citation information pertaining to images should be include in a caption beneath the image. You'll be given directions in class for where to submit your polished draft in PDF format. Due Thursday, Feb. 21 by the end of the day.

Format and Presentation of Project 1

The format and presentation of Project 1 will be an important consideration in its overall quality and evaluation, which means that you should take care to use a layout and design that best represents the content. Your polished draft should emulate the principles you're applying to your example. Use the elements of qualitative design (lines, shape, form, color, labeling, connections, notation, time, point of view, navigation) to present the information in a readable and persuasive format. You can, if you choose, use Designing Information itself as the inspiration for your layout. Your images should be good quality and can be annotated (using Adobe Acrobat, for example), and each should have a caption that includes a description and a credit line that identifies the source. You should use typography consistently and purposefully. I recommend using Adobe InDesign (and other tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat) to make the composition effective and relatively easy (managing effective and complex layouts in Word can be very tricky). If you don't know how to use InDesign, now would be the time to learn.

Grading Criteria

You must complete all three deliverables to earn credit for Project 1. Deliverable 3, your polished draft, will be evaluated based on your choice of an interesting and complex example, the quality and perceptiveness of your analysis of at least three of the principles, your effective use of the terminology of information design in presenting your analysis (terms from Designing Information or The Psychology of Everyday Things, for example), and the quality of your polished draft's presentation in terms of layout and design.

Revisions

After you receive feedback on your polished draft, you may elect to revise and resubmit. If you choose to revise, you'll be required to include detailed submission notes with your revision. Submission notes should explain the significant revisions you've made to improve the project. All revisions should do more than make corrections and may involve reconceptualizing the approach or possibly choosing a new example for analysis. Revisions will be due one week after originally returned to you.

Sample Information Graphics, Sites, Posters, etc.

Search on Pinterest for examples of information design and posters:
http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=information+design
http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=poster+design

Information Graphics
Dailyinfographic.com
http://pinterest.com/source/dailyinfographic.com/

Information Is Beautiful
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

Monsters University
http://monstersuniversity.com/edu/index.html

Project 2: Quantitative Issues: Dimensionality, Comparison, Numbers, Scale

Prompt

Using information (data) that you collect from a data source, create an original information graphic and accompanying story that displays the best practices discussed in Chapter 3 ("Quantitative Issues: Dimensionality, Comparison, Numbers, Scale") of Designing Information. You will also need to provide the primary data (e.g., in a table, screenshot, or other simple form) that you used to build your information graphic. Your (one page/screen) information graphic should demonstrate that you've learned the lessons from Chapter 2 on display/design and that you've understood the pertinent concepts in Chapter 3 on the following:

  • information overload
  • representation of numbers
  • dimensional comparison
  • the relation of size/volume to numbers and percentages
  • substitution
  • numerical integrity
  • meaningful numbers
  • geography
  • per capita
  • data and form
  • data scale consistency
  • ratios of change
  • multiple axiality
  • measurement and proportion

Discussion of the Prompt

Your information graphic should be tightly focused on the representation of one particular data set (don't try to represent too much, in other words), with some type of comparison or change over time being the key tropes (a trope is a relational principle). Begin by formulating a question or hypothesis about some fact(s) that you've been curious about or that you think people would want to know or be surprised to learn about. Then research to find the relevant data and choose a form that would best convey the information to a reader. You'll then need to decide whether a graph (chart), timeline, data map, pyramid, or other visual display would best convey the data. It would be helpful to emulate a form (example) shown in Designing Information.

Your information graphic should be supported by a one-page (250-word) text that explains the data, written like a news article or magazine feature addressed to interested readers. (You could imagine, for example, that your information graphic was being published in Wired magazine.)

Data Sources

The reliability and comprehensiveness of data sources is critical, so for this project, limit your data sources to the following:

Deliverables

  1. Selection and short discussion of your question and data source. In a blog post, describe the focus of your project (what kind of data and about what), your reason for choosing it, and the specfic data (via a link) that you plan to use. Tag your post project 2. Due Tuesday, March 5. You'll have some time in class to discuss your topic with others and, if needed, to change your mind and repost a refined topic.
  2. Explanation of the form(s) of your information graphic. In a blog post, describe the form your information graphic will take (how you will represent your data visually). Tag your post project 2. Due Tuesday, March 26.
  3. Draft for peer review. Your initial draft draft should include all elements of your information graphic except for your 250-word story and should include the visuals, captions, legends, or other information that will help readers understand the information. Post your draft to a blog post as a PDF file; tag your post project 2 and project 2 draft. Due, Tuesday, April 2.
  4. Polished draft. Your polished draft should include your information graphic, your related story, and the data you used to create the information graphic, in the form of a single PDF file, submitted to the class Dropbox folder, Project 2 subfolder. Due Thursday, April 4 by the end of the day.

Format and Presentation of Project 2

The format and presentation of Project 2 will be an important consideration in its overall quality and evaluation, which means that you should take care to use a layout and design that best represents the data and conveys the information clearly and elegantly. Use the elements of qualitative design (lines, shape, form, color, labeling, connections, notation, time, point of view, navigation) to present the information in a readable and persuasive format. Your images should be high quality, and your choice of typography well suited to the context, consistent, and purposeful. I recommend using Adobe InDesign (and other tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Excel, MS Word's drawing tools, or Google SketchUp; see http://www.sketchup.com/) to make the composition effective.

Grading Criteria

You must complete all four deliverables to earn credit for Project 2. Deliverable 4, your polished draft, will be evaluated based on the quality, design, and information represented in your graphical design; your accompanying story; the relation of graphical content to the data represented; the integrity of your data; and your effective use of the strategies for conveying quantitative information discussed in the course readings. Deliverable 4 must include all three parts: graphic, story, data source.

Revisions

After you receive feedback on your polished draft, you may elect to revise and resubmit. If you choose to revise, you'll be required to include detailed submission notes with your revision. Submission notes should explain the significant revisions you've made to improve the project. All revisions should do more than make corrections and may involve reconceptualizing the approach or possibly choosing a new example for analysis. Revisions will be due one week after originally returned to you.

Project 3: Structure, Organization, Type: Hierarchy and Visual Grammar

Prompt

Drawing inspiration and concepts from Chapter 4 of Designing Information, create one simple and elegant form, pictograph, or sign that helps solve a real problem or need and does so with flair.

Discussion of the Prompt

If you choose to develop a form, you can use InDesign or Word to create it, then use Adobe Acrobat in the finishing stages to create the form fields for easy fill-in. Or you can use Google Forms to create and design a form for collecting data online. Your form should serve a real need for a client, or you can ask Dr. B. for ideas and suggestions. If you choose to develop a pictograph or sign, it should be original, creative, and functional, suitable for posting as a sign (in the 1941 Studio, for example). In both cases, you could also create a "meta-form," "meta-pictograph," or "meta-sign," something that (humorously) comments on the nature of forms, pictographs, or signs (like the cartoon about the butterfly ballot). You could also create a visual pun (see p. 137 of Designing Information).

Your design should have a title or name and should be accompanied by a 100-word explanation or discussion, suitable, for example, as a plaque (as in a museum exhibit). Don't forget to attach your name (as the artist/designer).

Deliverables

  1. Selection and short discussion of your project. In a blog post, describe the focus of your project (what kind of form or pictograph you will create), how it will be used, and who will use it. Tag your post project 2. Due Tuesday, April 16. You'll have some time in class to discuss your topic with others and, if needed, to change your mind and repost a refined topic.
  2. Draft for peer review. Your initial draft draft should include all elements of your form or be a complete pictograph ready for in class user-testing and review. Post your draft to a blog post as a PDF file or a link (to a Google Form, for example); tag your post project 3 and project 3 draft. Due, Tuesday, April 23.
  3. Polished draft. Your polished draft should include your information graphic, your related story, and the data you used to create the information graphic, in the form of a single PDF file, submitted to the class Dropbox folder, Project 3 subfolder. Due Thursady, April 25 by the end of the day.

Format and Presentation of Project 3

The functionality of Project 3 will be an important consideration in its overall quality and evaluation, which means that your form should work well with the autdience and fulfill a need, or your pictograph or sign should accomplish a clear goal. Use the elements of structure, organization, type, hierarchy, and visual grammar discussed in Chapter 4 of Designing Information. Your images should be high quality and suitable for reproduction. Your choice of typography, if any, should be well suited to the context. I recommend using Adobe InDesign (and other tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Excel, MS Word's drawing tools, or Google SketchUp; see http://www.sketchup.com/) to make the composition of your forms or images effective and usable.

Grading Criteria

You must complete all three deliverables to earn credit for Project 3. Deliverable 3, your polished draft, will be evaluated based on the quality, design, and function of your form, or the usefulness, cleverness, or kairos of your pictograph or sign; your accompanying "plaque" or explanation, which should be well written and also suitable for public display (on the Web, on a wall); and your effective use of the strategies for organizing information, images, or text on the page or screen

Revisions

After you receive feedback on your polished draft, you may elect to revise and resubmit. If you choose to revise, you'll be required to include detailed submission notes with your revision. Submission notes should explain the significant revisions you've made to improve the project. All revisions should do more than make corrections and may involve reconceptualizing the approach or possibly choosing a new example for analysis. Revisions will be due one week after graded projects have been returned to you.

Group Project: Client-Based Information Design

Prompt

Working with a real client, research, plan, draft, design, and test at least four related information graphics that meet the client's expressed need. You should interpret "information graphic" to mean any graphical representation that conveys information visually, either in the form of images and text or images alone. Some of the source information should be contributed by the client, at least in its raw form. In the end, the information graphics should accomplish a clear rhetorical purpose with a targeted audience.

Discussion of the Prompt

It will be important to conduct client research so that you can learn more about the client's context and communication needs. The purpose of this project is not simply to produce content that you like but to produce content that the client likes and needs and that achieves a clear rhetorical purpose. The process, therefore, will involve meeting with the client, gathering information sources and visual assets, in-progress reviews, project logs, and user testing.

Steps in the Process

  1. Formation of Teams and Client Selection. Once your teams have formed, discuss what each member brings to the team and what roles, at least initially, each person will play. If your team has a graduate student, s/he should serve as the team leader. Each team should decide on a client project by Tuesday, Feb. 19. Post an initial project log identifying your client and project, as well as team members (by user name) and roles. Tag: project log and teamname.
  2. Research Client Context. Research your client context by learning as much as you can about the client from documents (including websites and physical locations). Divide the research so that each person can report back to the team. Create a shared Dropbox called Info_Design TeamName and share it with all members and Dr. B. After the team has discussed this research, post a project log summarizing what data was collected and pointing to any online sources. Tag: project log and teamname. Due Feb. 28.
  3. Client Interview. Plan and conduct an interview with your client(s). as a team, develop a set of specific questions about the project and your deliverables. Be sure to ask about any particular presentation needs or conditions. You should plan on conducting your interview during the week of March 7 -  15 (the week when Dr. B. is at a conference). Follow the Ethical Guidelines for Conducting Interviews provided on the Handouts page at the course site. Discuss the results of the interview before you leave for Spring Break and create and post a Project Log in which you outline remaining steps to be completed. Tag: project log and teamname
  4. Development and Testing. Using information gathered from your client research, develop working prototypes of your designs, complete the steps for user testing (see the Handouts page) and solicit feedback from your client. Complete these steps by April 4. Update your project log with a summary of your user testing and client feedback as well. Tag: project log and teamname
  5. Showcase. Be prepared to display your work on Thursday, April 11 during the 1941 Studio's Rededication on April 10, when people from all over campus and from the Board of Trustees will be present. Events will occur throughout the day and be announced several weeks in advance. You should have polished drafts of your work on April 11.
  6. Completed Projects. Turn in your completed projects, in PDF or other formats suitable for the medium for which you've designed on April 25 by the end of the day. Directions for submission will be provided in class.

Overview of Client Projects

Pearce Center for Professional Communication and Parlor Press: For this project, you'll develop QR code art that represents the clients effectively.

1941 Studio for Student Communication/Pearce Center: For this project, you'll develop information graphics about the Studio for display on the newly installed LED screens in the Studio, as well as specifications for future displays.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Department:
For this project, you'll develop information graphics about the Department and/or the Pearce Center for display using the Planetarium projector.

Clemson Book Lab: For this project, you'll develop information graphics about the Clemson Book Lab for promotional purposes and for display on LED screens.

Clemson Faculty Senate (probable client): For this project, you'll develop information graphics about the Senate's operations and role at Clemson.

Media Technologies

The precise form of your deliverables will depend on client needs and may involve presenting your designs in PDF format, in print, in presentation technologies like Keynote, PowerPoint, or Prezi, as a physical display. Or on a website.

Collaboration

Each person on the team should play a specific role that should be negotiated at the beginning of the project and then reaffirmed at key stages of development. Everyone should contribute equally and all are responsible for ensuring that happens. At the end of the project, you'll be asked to submit a collaborative project evaluation form.

Grading

Your final grade on this project will depend on the quality of your deliverables, your group's timely completion of all steps in the process, your success in meeting client needs, and the quality of your collaboration.

Collaboration

Each person on the team should play a specific role that should be negotiated at the beginning of the project and then reaffirmed at key stages of development. Everyone should contribute equally and all are responsible for ensuring that happens. At the end of the project, you'll be asked to submit a collaborative project evaluation form.

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Career Paths Event for English Majors

This semester’s first speaker in the “Career Paths” series, a joint initiative between the English Department and the Pearce Center, is Jake Lappi, who after graduating with a BA in English in 2008 served for three years as a corps member in Teach for America. Jake is currently Assistant Principal at Reid Park Academy in Charlotte as part of the New Leaders for New Schools initiative.

This Friday, 1/25, Jake will make a 20-25 presentation at 4:00 in the Pearce Center’s Studio for Student Communication (first floor, Daniel Hall), then take questions and meet with students.

Please announce Jake’s visit to your classes. If you know of any students interested in Teach for America or possible careers in education, please encourage them to attend. Interested students may also be able to join Jake and Mike LeMahieu for lunch, so if you're interested, contact Dr. LeMahieu at mlemahi@clemson.edu.

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Ethical Guidelines for Conducting an Interview with a Client

  1. Spend some time doing some background research on the client and client context so that you're prepared to address the client as a well-informed, professional researcher.
  2. Request an interview in advance. Explain why you want the interview, how long it will take, and what you hope to accomplish. Be professional with this request and formal with all subsequent interaction so that the client knows you are conducting research and not just "chatting."
  3. Although a live interview may work best, you can also consider interviewing the client by Skype if it is more convenient for him or her.
  4. Come to the interveiw prepared with a list of written questions. It’s usually a good idea to give clients some questions in advance so that they can be prepared as well
  5. If you wish to record the interview (audio and/or video), you must ask permission first.
  6. Take notes during the interview, even if you use a recorder. Your notes will help refresh your memory when you don't have tune to review the entire recording; they can also help you identify the most important points of discussion. Because give-and-take is important, it's often a good idea to have two people on the interviewing team present; one to take notes, one to conduct the interview.
  7. Be flexible. Don't try to make the person you are interviewing answer all your prepared questions if he or she doesn't find some of them appropriate or interesting. If your interviewee shows more interest in a question than you had anticipated or wants to discuss a related issue, just accept this change in plans and return to your list of questions when appropriate.
  8. Try a variety of questioning techniques. People are sometimes unable or unwilling to answer direct questions. So try rephrasing questions. Be more general or specific, depending upon what you think your client will respond to well.
  9. If you transcribe the interview and use it for any other purpose, you must give the client the option to review a transcript and the option to revise where necessary. Under no circumstances should you publish (to the Web or elsewhere) an interview with the client without the client’s consent. (In journalist interviews, that permission is normally granted implicitly; good journalists, though, will often take the time to confirm quotations.)

Expanded and adapted from from Lisa Ede’s Work in Progress, 4th Edition. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.

Getting Started 1: Registering on the Site

To get started with your course, you'll need to complete a few steps, which include

  • Registering for the course website (here).
  • Logging in for the first time.
  • Editing your account for the first time.

Registering for the course website

  1. Go to the course website.
  2. Click on "create new account" under "User Login" in the navigation menu on the left.

  3. Create a username that will identify you in the system and that you will use for logging in. Because this site is public on the Internet, your username should not include your last name. You are welcome to use any username (e.g., your IM screenname, SL name) that would not be offensive to others or otherwise inappropriate for a course website. Capitalize your username as you intend to use it; usernames are case sensitive.

  4. Enter your email address. You may use your Clemson email address. If you have an alternate one, use the one that you check most regularly.
  5. Provide your real name. Note that your real name will only be visible to students registered at the site.
  6. Provide your contact information so that your peers and instructor can contact you. This information will only be visible to students and the instructor.
  7. Provide the URL of your homepage, portfolio, or blog.
  8. Tell us about your interests.
  9. Check whether or not you grant permission for your instructor to send you grades via your registered email address.
  10. Click on "Create new account" at the bottom of the page. If moderated registration is turned on, registration information will be sent to the email address you listed, so check your email soon after you register. You will need the password that it sends you. Your instructor will approve your registration (if new account requests are moderated), and then you will be able to log in to use site features. If moderation is off, you will be able to use the site immediately.

Getting Started 2: Logging in for the First Time

To get started with your course, you'll also need to complete this second step:

Logging in for the first time

  1. If new accounts are moderated at your class site or confirmation is required, you should have received an email from the system that directions for completing the process. With that email handy, return to the course website.
  2. Enter your username and password in the "User login" box. Your initial password can be retyped or cut-and-pasted into the password box. If you cut-and-paste it, make sure you don't include any extra spaces before or after the password characters. The password and user name are case sensitive.

  3. Click on Log in. When you've successfully logged in, you will your name in the upper-right corner of the page and then "My Account" and "log out" beneath the shortcut bar on the right side of the page near the top. If you are unable to log in successfully, try re-entering your password. Remember that usernames and passwords are case sensitve, so make sure you don't have Caps Lock turned on by accident and that (if pasting in your password) that you don't include extra spaces. You may also click on "Request new password" if you ever forget yours.

Getting Started 3: Editing Your Account for the First Time

To get started with your course, you'll also need to complete this third step, which will take a bit more time than the previous two.

Editing your account for the first time

Once you've logged in successfully, you need to edit your account and provide some additional information about yourself.

  1. Click on my account link on the upper-middle of the page, next to the log out link.
  2. On the next screen, click on the edit tab.

  3. On the account settings screen, you can change your username, email address, password, and more.
  4. Scroll to the Picture area.
  5. Upload a picture of yourself or avatar (an image that represents you well) that you would use in a public context. You may have to find one and edit in an image editor, so you just try to have this step completed by the end of Week 2. If you need help editing an image, send a copy to your instructor for help.
  6. Scroll down the page to enter or change information in the Real Name or Contact Information boxes.
  7. Scroll to the Contact settings region.
  8. Check the Personal contact form box.
  9. In the Comment Follow-Up Notifications Settings box, check whether you'd like to receive email notifications when people comment on your posts.

  10. When you have made all of your changes, click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.

That's it! You have completed all the steps of the Getting Started process. If you ever need to change any of the information, you can always edit these pages again.

If you have any trouble along the way, please be sure to let your instructor know.

HTML 5 Workshop

The Multimedia Authoring Teaching & Research Facility (MATRF) is hosting its popular workshop series for students and faculty. This week's workshop will cover the basics of HTML5 including tags, styling, and composition. The workshop is Thursday, January 24th (12:00pm to 1:00pm) in 409 Daniel. It’s free, open to all, and will be led by MATRF staff members Katie Mawyer and Katie Hockaday. Snacks will be provided.

The MATRF will be hosting other workshops this semester. Please see our schedule at http://www.clemson.edu/caah/matrf/workshops/index.html for full details. Please contact Tharon Howard at tharon@clemson.edu if you would like to lead a workshop or if you have any questions.

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Learning Module 1: Curves (Resources)

Here's the You Suck at Photoshop video on Curves:

Learning to Navigate the Site

On or after the first day of class, you'll want to explore some of the features of the site. This document gives an overview of a few features you might want to take a look at that will help you to navigate the site.

Navigation

In the header visible at the top of every page, you'll find one row of tabs that take you to various key pages on the course site. Follow them to see where they lead.

Once you've logged in to the site, you'll also find one or more "blocks" that contain additional site navigation or other content boxes. These boxes may be located on the left or the right side of the page, depending on the site's design.

The navigation block is your gateway to many areas of the site useful for creating and viewing content and managing your work. For example,

  • Add content
    From here you can post to your individual blog or the front page.
  • Blogs
    Lists all the blogs on the site and includes a direct link to your blog in its submenu.
  • Compose tips takes you to a page that walks you through various methods of posting content to the site.
  • Recent content
    This display allows you to access all of the recent content posted by everyone. In the content listing, the red asterisks denote pages you have yet to read and notices of new unread comments.
  • Feed aggregator collects (via RSS feeds) content that has been published elsewhere and may relate to course content. There are also a few blocks on the front page that include feed summaries.
  • Contact allows you to contact the instructor via the course site. (You can also click on a person's name when you see it above a post to contact him or her this way.)

Book Navigation

All course materials on the site are integrated into the course guide, which you can reach via the tab menu near the top of the page.

The course guide is a hypertext with many levels of pages.

  • You can use the book navigation links that show previous and next pages below the main text or use the breadcrumb navigation at the top.
  • Use the printer-friendly version link beneath any page to get a text-only version of that page and all of its subpages collated into one. For example, if you go to the top page of the guide and click on printer-friendly version, you will see the entire course guide, including the calendar, on one screen (a very long one).

Project Logs

Throughout the semester, you may keep a project log at the course website, either for an individual or group project. These will be blog entries tagged "project log."

Purpose

Project logs help you keep track of your progress on complex projects, as well as provide a forum for receiving feedback from others who may be able to answer questions along the way or learn from your process. Project logs may be individual or shared among members of a group when the project is collaborative.

After college, you may find keeping a project log useful in your professional career:

  • In the busy life of a professional, it can often be difficult to remember all aspects of a project when compiling regular progress reports.
  • Consultants can use project logs to provide supporting evidence of work done on a project in preparing invoices or in case a client questions about billable hours.
  • Once a project is completed, a project log can be useful as a record for planning similar, future projects that will be completed by others.

Guidelines

Regularly post a short report in the form of a project log that follows these guidelines or includes this information. If you have both individual and collaborative projects ongoing, you should post separate Project Log entries and use a tag like project log (for individual projects) or nameofproject project log (for collaborative projects)

  • Use informative titles (e.g., Project Log for Week 5: Project X Takes Shape)
  • Tag your post with the recommended tag
  • Report on the status of the project: Is it in early drafting? Is it production ready? Is your group conducting research?
  • Report on any scheduled plans for completing specific tasks in the project.
  • Plan out ideas for completing the project.
  • Link to any assets or resources you plan to use to complete the project, or provide them as attachments to the post.

For collaborative projects:

  • Tag your post with the group name (e.g., "morte darthur project log"). Record your contributions to the project that week. Teams may appoint one person to post the main project log and then decide that others can add to it by commenting. It's important that all members of the group participate in builiding the project log.
  • Record the contributions of everyone in the group.
  • Record the time and date of group meetings and communication and describe briefly what was accomplished. Did the group have an email discussion? Did you text message with another group member?
  • What group members have taken on which specific tasks? What are the prospective deadlines?
  • Plan out ideas for completing the project, including ways to collaborate and communicate more effectively with your group.
  • Reflect on any lessons you have learned about collaboration and electronic communication.

Remember: Collaborative project logs are public and can be read by other group members. Be diplomatic. Do not write about what other group members failed to do or negatively evaluate their participation. Simply record what others have agreed to do and the tasks that they have completed. You will have ample opportunity to assess the work of others at the end of the project.

You can of, course, post more than once a week.

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Sources for Photos, Illustrations, Content