What do you need to put into your blog post? Good question! The first answer is—you must have done the required readings/explorations for the tutorial, attended the lectures, and be responding to them (primarily the readings/explorations). The second answer is— at least one of the following.
* Around 300-400 words of text. Again, if you wish to keep the contents of your blog private you can, but you need to email your tutor the password by the beginning of the tutorial in week two.
* At least 30 seconds of video, uploaded to your blog, or your own section of YouTube.com or Vimeo.com and link to this from your blog.
* At least 3 relevant images, either that you have created, or that you have legally obtained from elsewhere (for example from the Commons section of the Flickr.com site). Note that you must also provide detailed captions of at least 50 words on each of these images, explaining what they mean to you in terms of your reflections on the course for that week.
* At least 60 seconds of audio, uploaded to a blog, or other site of your choosing (for example Soundcloud).
* a detailed “mindmap” of the concepts/issues involved, along with your thinking through of them.
* a drawing or sketch relevant to the readings/ideas for that week. You will have to scan this and upload.
* You can, if you wish, mix things up, and, for example, write some text for one week, a mindmap for a second week, and a video for a third week, and so on.
Please note again that in completing your blog posts, you need to follow the normal rules for publishing as well as UNSW/SAMS academic guidelines (this includes proper referencing of all source materials). We repeat this so often because, sadly, so many students suffer by not following these.
Criteria for this Assessment Task
- Your demonstrated engagement with the materials/readings/preparatory explorations for that week of the course
- Your critical thinking through of the issues involved and careful response to them. Note here that “critical thinking” is not just (or even) saying “what’s wrong” with something. “Critical” is much misunderstood as a term. In this course, “critical thinking” means that you need to explore what actually works or what’s valuable in the ideas you’re engaged with, as well as what doesn’t work. You need to ask where the ideas could go further, where their limits are (the point at which such ideas cease to be useful), or how they could be modified to be more useful, etc.
- Your synthesis (bringing together) of the ideas, practices and issues you’re dealing with in that week into a satisfactory form of expression you can publish.
I know there are a lot of guidelines above for this assessment task, but this is really meant to give you some room to move, while knowing what you have to do. Very simply, we want to get you “publishing about publishing”, that is, learning about publishing via practice. We also want you to use this assignment to think in creative ways, at a higher level, about the key issues on the course (which also happen to be many of the key issues of our times!).