+ Pitch and Group Proposal

Purpose: This is a two-phase assignment. The pitch gives you a chance to formally present your Major Project idea to your classmates. Based on your pitches, the class will vote on each topic (choosing their top 3) to narrow the choices. Only 3-4 project ideas will be chosen, and students will choose and/or be assigned to a small group for each idea. Subsequently, each group will produce a project proposal that further outlines/describes how the project will take shape and be completed.

Goals:

for the pitch:

  • to create a text-concept (project idea) that practices the values and concepts you’ve seen enacted in other scholarly multimedia texts
  • to coherently present your knowledge gained so far on the rhetorical situation of the particular journal (AND SECTION) you’d like to target for your project
  • to focus your major project idea for this class and convey that information to your classmates and myself
  • to practice your persuasive presentation & listening skills
  • to refine your uploading skills with the 239sandbox student-server

for the group proposal:

  • to practice initiating collaborative groupwork by establishing shared discourses, conventions, and governing rules
  • to convey, in writing, your multimodal project idea to an audience of editors (and teacher-as-editor)
  • to use document-sharing services

Due Dates:

  • October 13 (pitch presentations)
  • October 20 (group proposals)

Pitch Instructions:

Each person in class will prepare their own pitch to present to your classmates, who are your primary audience for this assignment. Like the Tech Review assignment, you can use whatever modes, media, and technologies you need to convince your classmates that YOUR idea should be chosen as one of the group projects. (Only 3-4 will be chosen, by secret ballot immediately after the pitches conclude.) In your presentation, you should consider including the following information:

  • a concrete description of your project
  • which journal and section (if relevant) you think it would best fit into
  • any specifics you can provide about how you think the project will look/function (including, possibly, what technologies you might use to make it)
  • discussion of how your project concept would meet the assessment criteria for scholarly multimedia
  • why your classmates should choose your project

How you get that information (or other information, as needed) across to us is totally up to you. Keep in mind two things:

  • your presentation can be no longer than 3 minutes (so make SURE you practice beforehand and revise/edit as needed)
  • i will be asking for permission to film your presentation for use as possible examples in future classrooms

Pitch Turn-In: Like (we tried for) the Tech Review assignment, you will upload your presentation to the /pitch/ folder in the /239sandbox/fall10/ location by noon Wednesday, October 13, so I can retrieve them all from the instructor’s station for quick presentation.

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Proposal Instructions:

As a group, you need to write a 1-2 page, single-spaced proposal of your major project. This proposal should describe

  • what your project is about in some detail (1-2 paragraphs),
  • how you plan on designing it,
  • why you need to design it that way to make your point,
  • what journal (AND which section of the journal, if that’s relevant) you plan to submit it to,
  • why you think it’s a good fit for that journal/section,
  • as well as how your group will complete all of the components/criteria listed in the Major Project assignment description.

It should also include documentation of each of your group members’ roles, tasks, and responsibilities as well as outline your work plan for completing the project by the due date. The editors (including myself, as an editor) of the journal you are submitting to will be your audience for these proposals. Keep in mind that a proposal is just that — you’re *proposing* to do something. Which doesn’t mean the proposal is a document written in stone. Some things you will have to make educated guesses about how they will need to be done. Use the proposal-writing process as a way to think through, in some depth, what this project might look like/do and how you will all get it done. If it changes slightly (or even more than slightly) along the way, that is to be expected as part of the writing process.

Proposal Turn-In: Bring ONE PRINTED COPY to class for me to comment on. In class, we will workshop the proposals in a format to be determined (either us doing some together and some in small groups, depending on time). Everyone will receive feedback from me on your printed copy by the end of that week, so that you can revise based on your classmates and my feedback.

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