Posts Tagged ‘blogs’

this wednesday

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

For this Wednesday, please complete the readings posted for April 26 here (plus the film review I handed out in class).

Also, please post a few pictures and some fieldnotes from your research on your blogs so we can talk about your projects in detail on Wednesday in class.

this week

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Please find the reading for this Wednesday posted under “readings” on this page.

As discussed in class today, you should start your fieldwork this week (if you haven’t done so yet). There will be another journal entry due next week with fieldnotes and your first pictures / visuals from your project.

Also, make sure to complete all missing blog entries — I will grade your blogs for the second time by the end of next week.

Please check this post for the Student Technology Survey.

In-class assignment for April 12

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Media activism and political art

Please find your group number below and explore the organization assigned to you. Together with your partner for this entry, write a blog entry of 2-3 paragraphs answering the following questions:

– what is the main goal/objective of the organization or group? in what ways do members try to achieve their goals?

– as far as you can tell: who are the members of this group? who can join, and how?

– from their self-presentation on website, how do you think this group is organized and makes decision?

– what type of activism does this group do, and what do you think about it?

– would you join this group; why or why not?

Also, post a link to your favorite artwork / video / article from the group on your blog.

GROUP 1 ~ Papertiger TV Collective (see also their vlog)

 GROUP 2 ~ The Yes Men and here ~ also, look for Yes Men videos on youtube!

 GROUP 3 ~ Indymedia ~ look for photos and videos on the website!

 GROUP 4 ~ Deep Dish

Blog entry: Getting serious

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

For this blog entry, you will start the literature/background as well as methodology sections of your final paper. Part of the assignment are also ethical considerations when conducting your research.

Your entry should consist of the following:

– ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY of at least three academic references; i.e. the proper citation for each reference (check your textbooks if you can’t remember how to cite properly) and a paragraph summarizing the content of the article/book, and an explanation of how it relates to your project. If you are working in a team, each teammember will have to review at least two different sources.

Remember: for your final paper, you will have to include at least 5 academic references.

– METHODOLOGY: describe in detail what methods (visual as well as non-visual) you will use conducting your research, and explain WHY you chose them (what information do you hope to gain from these methods / what use will that information have in your overall project?).

– ETHICS: what are the ethical considerations for your project, concerning privacy, informed consent, copyright, harm/benefits etc? How do you plan to deal with them?

This entry is due on your blogs on Wed, April 14, at 1pm.


Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Post two pictures on your blog, both relating to the topic of your final project:
* one you have taken yourself
* one you have found somewhere (a historical picture, a family picture, etc). Make sure that you have permission to post the pictures you have “found” and reference their source or origin properly. Here are is a list of links for public domain or creative-sommons licensed content:
Choose meaningful pictures and write a short paragraph each about how they relate to your topic.
Post both pictures and your notes on your blog by Wednesday, March 24, at noon.

For next week

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Since you are all working tirelessly on your midterms, there are no new readings assigned for next Monday. Just make sure you complete the readings posted for this week!

If you missed either last class or (the beginning of) class today, please make sure to complete the following:

* write a detailed blog entry about your final project idea. It should be 2+ paragraphs, describing your topic and your possible methodology in as much detail as possible. Please, also add the name of your collaborator, if you have one. (If you work in a group, make sure both of you post your proposal.)

* I have assigned you to a “comment group” ( Find your name on there, and write a comment to the project proposal on both your group members’ blog entries. This comment should be in form of an (intelligent) question or recommendation (Just imagine you had my role for a moment).

* if you had posted your proposal on Monday already, please see the comments from your fellow group mates and write a reply (in form of another comment) as if you would respond to them. Please refer to them personally by their usernames.

I will grade your blogs on Friday for the first time. Grades will be posted on Blackboard.

Keep tagging your blogs! 🙂

Good luck for the midterm! Email me with questions.

Groups for comments

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

1. Bianca * Mohamed * Lila

2. Christine * Devin * Kanwal

3. Stephanie * Rachel * Lorena

4. Lindsey * Sarah * Amaru

5. Lauren * Elizabeth * Caitlyn

6. Julia * Zhuoxi * Helen

7. Parker * Edtricia * Halie

8. Nalicia * Veronica * Nisha

For Wednesday and TO DO

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Your midterm exam is posted below; also the pictures for question #2.

Please make sure you complete the readings marked “Banks Ch. 4” for Wednesday. Also, please read the following (short) articles on copyright and creative commons:

If you haven’t done so yet, please finish your blog entry about your final project idea. It should be 2+ paragraphs, describing your topic and your possible methodology in as much detail as possible. Please, also add the name of your collaborator, if you have one.
(Have a look at my comments to your earlier posts on the final project, maybe they will be helpful.)

One more TO DO:
I would like to change the way I communicate with you — away from relying on Blackboard (and the qc email addresses) by using the class blog and email addresses of your choice. For that, please do the following:
* sign in to the dashboard of your blog
* click on your name in the upper right corner
* under “contact info”, find your email address. If it’s not the one you would like me to use please change it. (wordpress will send a confirmation email to the new email address, so make sure to find that email and to click on the link listed there)
* stay signed in to your blog. go to our main class blog and add yourself as a user to the blog (see the link on the top of the left sidebar)
After all of you have signed on to the class blog, I will start sending emails through wordpress. Thank you!

Keep adding tags to your blog entries (including previous ones) and watch your tag cloud grow!

Mini Fieldwork Experience

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

This in-class project is designed to give you a first, ‘low-key’ experience in the field and some practice with photo elicitation. It’s meant to be a playful experience where ‘trial and error’ may (and will) occur. So, stretch your creative muscles and have fun!

For this project, you will work in groups of two, assuming one of following roles:

– Dr. Researcher (introduces the topic, asks the participant questions, takes notes, leads the interview)

– Señor / Señora Participant (responds to questions, takes pictures, participates in photo-elicitation)

(If we have time we will do a second round and switch roles.)

First, sit down with your teammate and decide which role each of you will assume for the first round.

Second, imagine, you are part of a study on the quality of student life on Queens College campus. Together, pick one of the following topics to focus your research on:

– the quality of dining facilities on Queens College campus, or

– necessary improvements on Queens College campus.

Third, if you are Dr. Researcher, think about what it is you would like to find out. How would you introduce your topic to your participant in a few sentences? Also, write down a few open-ended questions you might want to ask your participant while walking with him/her on campus. Make sure you don’t just ask “where do you like to eat?” but to find out *why* your participants like or dislike a particular spot, or *why* they feel certain improvements should be made. (This is somewhat free time for Señor/Señora Participant but you should use it to think about where you want to take Dr. Researcher on campus, or prepare your round as a reseacher!)

Fourth, Dr. Researcher introduces his/her participant to the research topic and starts asking a few initial questions. The participant answers the questions — both verbally as well as visually by taking the researcher to places on campus, and emphasizing his/her points through pictures (taken either by the researcher or the participant). If you are the researcher don’t forget to take good field notes!

Fifth, come back to class. Sit down together and go over the pictures again, the researcher asking more (clarifying) questions and the participant explaining his point in more detail (this is called photo-elicitation…). Finish your fieldnotes.

Sixth, switch roles/topics and repeat this process for round 2, if we have the time.

Seventh, write a critical reflection of your experience, about both roles you assumed. Describe the fieldwork experience (topic and setting, questions that were asked, places that you visited, responses from the participant) and post two pictures from one of the rounds you participated in. Critically reflect on both roles — what did you like/didn’t like during the experience, and why? What was easy/hard, and why? What would you do different next time, or in your own research? — Be critical, about your own role and your teammate’s — we all know we are great but it’s candid advise that will help us get even better. 🙂

Please post your entries (2-3 paragraphs of text plus 2 pictures) by next Sunday, March 7, at noon on your blogs.

Assignments for Feb 8

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Next Monday, Boone will come to class and give an introduction to blogging. Please make sure you will attend class since this will be a one-time opportunity!

In preparation for Boone’s intro, each students needs to sign up for an account on Here is how:

  • Click here. You’ll need to use your email address to sign up. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get an email to your qc email account asking you to activate your account (check your spam folder if you don’t see the email). Click the link to activate. You may change your password to something more memorable, and your Display Name to something more recognizable on the Dashboard if you feel comfortable with the software — otherwise no worries, we will do this on Monday with Boone.
  • Also, please make sure to complete your first blog assignment (as specified on the syllabus), and to have your picture and the text of your self-introduction available to be posted on your blogs (save them on your email, or bring them on a flashdrive).

    There is no reading due for our Monday class.