Digital Project Assignment

You have a choice of assignments for your digital project.  (All points added to your final grade)

  • a content-focused website on a relevant topic that fits in the course (up to 7 points possible)
  • a Prezi aka a narrated, online presentation (up to 5 points)
  • a Data Visualization project (up to 5 points) This is my favorite option, but it is also somewhat difficult.
  • an online Timeline (up to 5 points)
  • an online Exhibit (up to 5 points) This features the showcasing of specific objects/images.
  • I might also consider a YouTube lecture/presentation on a specific topic from the course.
  • If you wish, I will allow you to work in groups for this project, but then I will expect a lot more work for the points.

Your instructor must approve your project type and topic, and this must be done 10 days before the due date of the assignment. Please check the syllabus to make sure of the due date.

You should pick a topic for your project first and then select the type of project that you will do. When you pick a project, you should pick something that has interested you in the course. You can choose a topic from anywhere within the geographical and chronological boundaries of the course, and that means that it can be something that we have not yet covered in the course. Your instructor reserves the right to approve or not approve a specific topic.

I am open to a lot of ideas, but there are some exceptions:

  • Your project should not cover one of the assignments in the course.
  • Your project must deal with or be relevant to the content of this course.
  • I encourage projects dealing with the cultural events. See, for example, Joseph Gabriel's timeline on the History of Skateboarding.
  • Choose a project that interests you. If you love music, then propose something to do with music. If you're a big football fan, then maybe the 1958 championship games is something that you want to work on. If you love chess, then choose something to do with chess. So don't just rule something out an idea without first checking with your instructor.
  • Finally, I love to link to your projects so that future students will benefit from your work. Each semester a few more student projects get added into the course. So please do a great job and become part of the course!

You should remain in contact with your instructor while working on this assignment, and you should email the URL of a rough draft before the final due date. Your instructor will give you feedback about what needs to be improved/fixed on your draft. Since this project will be viewable on the web, you want to put something good out there for people to see. Do not wait until the last minute to work on this.

When you have your project ready, please email your instructor the URL of your project so that you can receive final feedback (There is always something that can be improved!). This must be done at least 5 days before the project is due. When you have revised your project and are ready to submit for your grade, submit the URL of your project to the instructor by E-mail, making sure to include all your personal and class information.