Final Project: Twine Portfolios

This final assignment consists of using Twine to build and publish a hypertext portfolio of the work you’ve done in this course. This is more than just a list of links, but an hypertext essay in which you discuss the work you’ve done all semester long, connecting it with research, the textbook, and other materials discussed in class.

This final assignment has several goals:

  • To familiarize yourself with a popular online platform, Twine, and incorporate some HTML code into your writing.
  • To present all your work in a single space, organized for readability and coherence.
  • To create an attractive reading experience for readers unfamiliar with your work to explore it.
  • To contextualize your works and connect them with the research and theories discussed in class. You should make at least three citations to our textbook and other critical texts assigned in class.

Timeline and Instructions

  • Monday, June 19
    • Download Twine, explore its tutorials, familiarize yourself with the software and begin building and planning your final portfolio: a Twine-based exploration of the work you’ve done this semester.
    • Bring a visual map of how you plan to organize your final hypertext portfolio.
    • You will use philome.la for Twine hosting.
  • Wednesday, June 21
    • Publish a complete first draft of your Twine portfolio using Philome.la.
    • Share a link to our Facebook Group.
    • Twine portfolio workshop.
  • Thursday, June 22
    • Wednesday classes meet.
    • Publish a complete second draft of your Twine portfolio using Philome.la.
    • Share a link to our Facebook Group.
    • Twine portfolio workshop.
  •  Between June 22-26
    • Read and comment on at least 3 Twine portfolio drafts by your classmates in our Facebook group.
  • Deadline: June 29 at 2:00 pm
    • Publish using Philome.la
    • Share the link to the published final Twine Portfolio in our Facebook Group.
    • E-mail me the link at: leonardo.flores@upr.edu

Resources:

Let’s get to work! 🙂

Week 15.5: Vlog and Twine

Saturday, June 17

  • Wednesday classes meet today. However: class will not meet.
  • Instead:
    • Read: “Patterns of Hypertext
    • Post a 1-paragraph response to your assigned Twine fiction, focusing on how the authors use the choices meaningfully in the work.
    • Read and comment on other classmates’ posts.
    • Also: Watch someone’s Video Essay (or Vlog) on the Facebook page and comment on it.
  • Homework for Monday:
    • Download Twine, explore its tutorials, familiarize yourself with the software and begin building and planning your final portfolio: a Twine-based exploration of the work you’ve done this semester.
    • Bring a visual map of how you plan to organize your final hypertext portfolio.
    • You will use philome.la for Twine hosting.

Week 15: Digital Rhetoric

Monday, June 12

Wednesday, June 14

  • Introduction to electronic literature.

Resources:

Assignments

  • Video Essay due on Friday, June 16 at 11:59 pm
    • Upload to YouTube or Vimeo
    • Embed in a blog post in which you contextualize it.
    • Share the blog post in our Facebook Group.
  • For Saturday, June 17: Read assigned Twine works and come to class prepared to get in groups and discuss them.
  1. Hunt for the Gay Planet – anna anthropy
  2. Kuryokhin: Second Life– Michael Kurtov
  3. Quing’s Quest VII – Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky)
  4. With Those We Love Alive – Porpentine

 

 

Week 14: Video Essay Production

 

Monday, June 5

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Assignment:

  • Download and familiarize yourself with screen capture and video editing software.
  • Prepare a 30 – 60 second video in which you present the main idea of your video essay. Share in our Facebook group.

Wednesday, June 7

  • Discussion of videos.
  • Scripting and recording your videos.
  • Screen Recording and Video Editing Tools and Tutorials.
  • Working Document.

Assignment

  • Video Criticism Drafts due.
  • Deposit your drafts in this shared folder (UPR login required) before class.
  • Bring your draft and editable files in a USB flash or hard drive (or e-mail them to yourselves).
  • Draft Workshop.

Week 13 (or something along those lines): The Video Essay

Saturday, June 3

  • Opening remarks and looking at the revised calendar.
  • Podcast assignment general feedback:
    • The most successful podcasts were well researched, provided in-depth analysis, referenced critical theory, interpreted the material, and kept enough format variety to keep the audience engaged.
    • Some issues with some podcasts included shallow engagement with the material, monotonous format, too much plot summary, and not enough effort to interest a more varied audience.
  • Discussion of Feminist Frequency:
    • We viewed and analyzed the components of this video:

  • Some features discussed: it presents a clear problem with an example, establishes the history of the problem, introduces critical theory concepts and provides historical and contemporary examples, applies it to the game in question, broadens the concept, provides examples of games with more positive ways of presenting women of color, and makes a call for the gaming industry to improve its practices.
  • This is an example of the kind of video essay assigned.
  • Another example is Luis A. Laboy’s video essay on “Click and Drag.”

Assignment

  • For Monday, June 5: Write a blog post that addresses the topic you will be making a video essay on. Share in our Facebook Group.

The Video Essay Assignment

The goal of this assignment is to produce a short video essay that presents a clear critical argument and is informed by research and relevant critical theory.  The video essay should be on your blog topic or can be collaborative if you pair up with a classmate with a similar topic. The length of the video should be about 7 minutes, 10 if you’re collaborating. The final version is due on Wednesday, June 14.

 

The Spring Strikes Back

We’re back!

Here’s an outline of the rest of the course.

  • Saturday, June 3 – Monday classes: Introduction to Video Criticism
  • Monday, June 5 – Incorporating theory into criticism. Publish a blog post that will be the basis of your video.
  • Wednesday, June 7 – Bring a 30 – 60 second video in which you present the main idea of your video essay.  Discussion of screen Recording and Video Editing Tools and Tutorials.
  • Monday, June 12 – Video Criticism Drafts due. Draft Workshop.
  • Wednesday, June 14 – Final Version of Video Criticism due. Introduction to Procedural Rhetoric and electronic literature.
  • Saturday, June 17 – Wednesday classes – Building a hypertext argument.
  • Monday, June 19 – Bring rough drafts of essay using Twine. Twine drafting workshop.
  • Wednesday, June 21 – Complete draft of Twine game/ essay due. Drafting workshop.
  • Thursday, June 22 – Wednesday classes. Final draft of Twine game/essay due. DIscuss final portfolios. Course wrap up.

Week 12: Introduction to Video Criticism

Monday, April 3

  • Podcast debriefing
  • Discuss video essay and popular video genres (see class notes below)

  • Return & discuss Midterm Evaluations

Assignment

  • Explore Feminist Frequency and watch at least one video.
  • Share a link to the video and write a brief reaction/response to the video in our Facebook Group.
  • Download and familiarize yourself (including doing tutorials) with a video editing software of your choice. (I recommend Camtasia.)
  • Think about, begin planning, even start recording footage for your next assignment: a video criticism piece.
  • Be prepared to briefly present the type of video criticism you’re planning to produce in our next class.

Wednesday, April 5

Week 11: Criticism and Podcasting

Monday, March 27

  • Discuss Chapter 15 of Media Criticism in a Digital Age.
  • Discuss sampling of podcast drafts.

Assignment

  • Complete the first draft of your podcast, upload to Soundcloud, and share link in Facebook group.

Wednesday, March 29

  • Podcast drafting workshop. Bring your computer with Audacity, USB drive, or use online storage to bring your working draft of the podcast to the classroom. Bring headphones.

Assignment

  • Podcast due on Monday, April 3.
    • Revise and publish your final version of the podcast in Soundcloud.
    • Write a brief blog post that frames and attracts listeners to your podcast.
    • Embed or link to your podcast in your blog post.
    • Share podcast in our Facebook Group and on Twitter, using the #digitalmediacriticism hashtag.

Week 10: Audio Criticism

Monday, March 20

Assignment

  • Read and comment on two classmate’s blog posts via Facebook group before class on Wednesday.
  • Revise your blog post by Friday.
  • Podcast:
    • Record your podcast introduction.
    • Share in Facebook group, using Soundcloud, before class.

Wednesday, March 22

  • Share podcast introductions.
  • Work on podcast scripts & recordings.

Assignment

  • Read Chapter 15 of Media Criticism in a Digital Age.
  • Share a draft of your podcast (all of it or a portion) in our Facebook group, using Soundcloud, before class.

NOTE: Complete first draft of your podcast must be published in Soundcloud before class on Wednesday, March 29.

Week 9: Podcasting

Monday, March 13

Assignment

  • Self Evaluation (UPR login required) due by Wednesday.
  • Listen to one podcast in your blog topic and share a brief comment and link in our Facebook page.
  • Write a script for a podcast based on Aesthetics (Chapters 12 & 13).
  • Bring a production plan

Wednesday, March 15

  • Discuss the characteristics of a successful podcast.
  • Discuss Chapter 13.
  • Analyze The Fox using the Logic of Aesthetic Form.

Assignment