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20% Project

In 20%, Digital Humanities on June 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

There are three requirements for my 20% assignment: it must be connected to course material in some way, shape or form; it  must be awesome and it must be designed to be shared.  The project should carefully reflect that it is worth 20% of the grade. I ask students to include an annotated bibliography and a one page “story” of the process through which they conceived of, researched, and executed the project, using footnotes, if appropriate.

While I think “designing to share” helps with the development of important skills, whether a student shares their work or not is, of course, completely up to them.  This blog contains a number of examples of the work of students who have given me permission to re-post their hard work.

My colleague at the College of Charleston Anton VanderZee used it to great effect last spring in his class “Writing the ‘American’ Self: From the Founding to Facebook”, with students producing personal scrapbooks, a cookbook and even a quilt. More details and examples of Anton’s implementation of the 20% idea are available here.

I have showcased some of my student’s work. Understanding that my comments, evaluations, and so forth are between myself and the creator, I present their work “as is,” and hopefully the examples are more valuable as a result.

Here is some sample work on YouTube, Prezi, and using timeline tools.

Catholic Youth Literature Project

In Digital Humanities on June 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Last year, my colleague Eric Morgan and I made a web-application called theCatholic Youth Literature Project.  It was designed as a classroom tool to offer students opportunities for close- and distant-reading of 19th-century texts and possibilities for the class as a whole to contribute to notions of Catholic identity by sharing interpretations of these texts.

Now that I am teaching both literature and composition at SUNY Canton.  I would like to adapt the project to expand to meet broader instructional needs for myself and others, forking the current code.