Our Final Project asks you to take up a concern in digital rhetoric and address it in some way through writing. Your work on this project can go in a number of directions: you can analyze some aspect of digital culture, make an argument about some aspect of digital culture, contribute to an existing conversation about digital culture, do research into a conversation in digital culture (let me know if you have something else in mind).
Similarly, while your project will involve some writing, it can also incorporate other multimodal or multimedia elements. You can make a video, a podcast, a website or blog, a presentation, etc. (If you are interested in these options but are worried that you don’t have the technical skills to produce a multimedia text, I can help you with the technical side.) So, you have a number of options both in terms of content and form, and your work might go in a few different directions.
As you develop a focus for your project, keep in mind two requirements for the project: your work should have a substantial research component (you will be asked to complete an annotated bibliography with at least eight sources, even if you don’t end up citing all of these sources in your final work), and some aspect of your final project should be shared publicly.
Here are more specific requirements for the project:
- Your work should be the equivalent of 2100-3000 words. You could achieve this in one 6-9 page paper. You could achieve this over multiple papers of shorter lengths – for example, a 1500 word research paper and a 600 word blog post. You could achieve this by producing a video or podcast (if you are interested in this approach, we can discuss what this multimedia work would need to accomplish in order to be “equivalent”).
- Your work should substantially add to or shape our thinking about the topic in some way. For example, if you approach the project as a research paper, you would need to go beyond summarizing information by synthesizing or comparing different perspectives and giving us a sense for the larger shape of the conversation. If you are analyzing or making an argument about some aspect of digital rhetoric or digital culture, this analysis or argument should substantially contribute to the conversation you are engaging.
- Your work should be properly cited.
- You should find some way to share some aspect of your work publicly. You can post some or all of your work to a personal website or blog and then promote your work on social media. You can submit some or all of your work to relevant publications, blogs, or forums. You can make posts about your work on social media and then continue the conversation with anyone that responds. You can add your voice to a forum conversation that addresses your topic. Regardless of how you share your work or how much of it you share, the goal is to put your thinking out there into the world so that others can engage with it and you can engage with them.
Final Project Grade
The Final Project counts for 40% of your semester average. This 40% is divided up as follows:
- Annotated Bibliography – 15%
- Final Project – 25%