Today in class, we discussed John Branch’s “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” as a transmedia text, and you all had a chance to workshop your project proposals. I also showed you guys an example of a whole class project that might give you some ideas on how to approach your own final transmedia projects: https://brilafond.wixsite.com/csusbcampusmap2015
Next week, we won’t be having formal class meetings, but you will be meeting with me one-on-one in my office in the English Building, room 220. To get to that office, go in the main entrance to EB on Wright Street closest to HAB, and turn right as you go into the building. If you take the elevator up to the second floor, turn right as you get out of the elevator and walk to the end of the hall. Turn left at the end of the hall, walk all the way down to the end of the hall (past Jerry the Mouse’s hole on the left). Turn right at the end of that hall and my office is immediately on the right: room 220. My desk is right as you walk in that door.
Here are upcoming due dates and accompanying prompts:
Transmedia Blog Post #2 is DUE by 11:59pm on Saturday, April 27th.
Here’s the prompt:
Log on to geocaching.com and search for geocaches located on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana area. Choose one or two geocaches that interest you, then go out on the hunt. Be sure to take pictures of your journey. After you’ve found the cache (or made a good-faith effort to find one, even if you don’t), write about the experience of hunting for the geocache. How might geocaches be said to function as rhetorical objects? What was the purpose of the particular geocache you found/looked for? How effective were the puzzles and clues that led you to the cache? What did you think about this experience? How might you go about designing your own geocache (say, if you were to do so for your final transmedia project)?
Posts should be between 300 – 500 words long, should include pictures from your hunt, and should be uploaded to your course blog by 11:59pm on Saturday, April 27th.
Visit a campus or local museum and experience the current exhibits. Be sure to take a few pictures of your trip (though if the museum bans photography in the exhibition itself, please respect those rules and take pictures outside). After you’ve viewed the exhibits, write about the experience of visiting the museum. How might the exhibits be said to function textually? How is the exhibit arranged to portray information to an audience? What kinds of stories are being told in the way objects and information are curated? If you were to take inspiration from this exhibit for your final transmedia project, what kind of experience might you be able to curate for your own audience?
Posts should be between 300 – 500 words long, should include pictures from your visit, and should be uploaded to your course blog by 11:59pm on Saturday, April 27th.
Our last class is on Tuesday, April 30th. On that day, we are having our final in-progress Gallery Day, so you should have your (very far along) final project with you in class that day.
Final projects, rationales, etc. are due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 7th.