Final Project Assignment Sheet

Final Project: Wiki and Reflective Essay

300 points; 3 pages for Reflective Essay (about 750 words)
Drafts will be ongoing
Reflective Essay and all wiki revisions/edits due Friday, 6/28 by 5:00 p.m.
File reflective essay under Projects: Unit 4; Stage: Final; Access: Private

Assignment—The Course Wiki (200 Points):

For this assignment, you will work in small groups to design a wiki about digital writing. Based on your proposal (see the separate assignment sheet), your group will compose a wiki that addresses a specific audience in order to achieve a specific purpose. Consider: what audiences might benefit from the information, theories, analyses, findings, and knowledge we’ve developed this semester? For what purpose(s)?

The content of your wiki should draw from the writing and analysis you have produced this semester, adapted or “re-purposed” to address a new audience within a new genre (that is, the wiki). In other words, you will need to change the language and form of your writing this semester to suit the new context. To complete this project, you will compose individual and collaborative articles.

Collaborative article (50 Points): Working in a small group, you will compose a “front-page” or overview article for your wiki that explains the purpose of your wiki, addressing your group’s intended audience. It should also include links to and explanatory commentary about each group member’s individual article. This front-page article will be worth 50 points, awarded evenly to group members.

Individual article (100 points): Within your group’s wiki, you will compose an article that will help a particular audience understand and use digital writing. This article should be based on at least one of the assignments you wrote earlier this semester (rhetorical analysis, genre analysis, or mini-ethnography). However, I will expect substantial revision: articles that are simply copied and pasted from an earlier assignment will receive a poor grade. To revise, you should:

· Take into account my comments and suggestions on your graded draft(s);
· Adequately address your intended audience;
· Include at least one link to another article on your group wiki, being sure to make the connection between them—the reason for linking—clear and explicit.

Article Edits (50 Points): Working independently, you will make edits to 5 articles (other than your own individual or collaborative articles), for 10 points each. Edits might include proofreading, reorganizing, linking to other pages, adding additional content, clarifying analysis, etc. The only caveat is that you cannot do the same “type” of editing more than twice (i.e. you cannot simply proofread five articles). The goal is to make the five articles better—which should ultimately help everyone receive a better grade (karma!). When you make an edit, be sure to use the “short description of changes” function so you can keep a log of your changes.

Criteria for Evaluation:
o Individual and collaborative articles revise and adapt course writing to a new context and audience
o Articles include the requisite number of links
o Articles include references where appropriate
o Make edits to five different articles, using a variety of editing “types”

Assignment—The Reflective Essay (100 Points):

The goal of this reflective essay is to compare your experiences writing academic essays to your experiences writing our course wiki. In your essay, you should answer the question, how is composing an academic paper similar to and different from composing a wiki? To answer this question, you may reference both the “finished products” (i.e. your original paper versus your revised wiki article) and your actual writing process (i.e. what you do when you sit down in front of the computer to write). Whatever you decide to focus on in your reflection, I ask that you include concrete examples from your own writing and your wiki edits, explaining the choices you made as you wrote. Appended to your reflective paper, you should also include a log of any edits you made to others’ wiki articles, with dates and brief descriptions.

Criteria for Evaluation:
o Offers an overall “thesis” or main claim about the similarities and differences between writing academic papers and writing the wiki
o Includes concrete examples of these differences
o Appends a log of edits on others’ wiki articles

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