Final Project: We’ll have a fantastic time

4/8/22-4/15/22

It’s final project time. You’ve done writing, photography, audio, video and design. You’ve remixed and mashed up. You’ve done big projects and group projects. You’ve connected different stories. Now we’re going to bring it all together in a digital media extravaganza.

At this point, I am hoping everyone knows what they plan to do. We’ve all put some thought into this, and these thoughts can be seen at http://ds106.us/category/projectideas/ and https://ds106.us/category/projectideas2/. We have a Discord channel for #finalprojects which you can use to share ideas or look for collaborators. Hopefully everyone will be able to hit the ground running.

The main thing is that the final project communicates something that is important to you, and something you think is important for the world to hear. My hope is that you will produce something that you will be proud to show off to everyone you meet. Almost anything can fit in with our theme, because, as Bob says, “You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”

It will be a week-long project, so consider the kind of effort you would put into doing 5 assignments, or 15 stars worth of assignments. That’s about how big it should be as far as effort goes. But there is no real length requirement. Someone could put 30 hours of work into making an excellent two-minute video, and someone else could put a half-hour’s work into talking at a camera for half an hour. The first one is going to be proud of their work. The second one is wasting time.

It should showcase what you’ve picked up through working in various media over the course of the semester. We’ve worked with writing, image editing, design, audio and video production and editing – how much of that can you work into the story? It doesn’t have to include all of them. Focus on your story, and see how various media can work together to communicate it.

You are welcome, even encouraged, to work together on your projects, but this is not a requirement. Due to the nature of the assignment, it should not be necessary to meet up in person to collaborate. If you work together you can bounce ideas off of each other and share the work. You can look out for each other and raise each other’s game. Everyone has to blog their own write-ups, of course.

Post the project by 4/15, but if a few extra days would make for a better project, let me know. There will be a wrap-up assignment next week. Your final project may be in a blog post. It may make sense to create a subdomain for your project. Either is fine. You will submit the URL of your project to Canvas. It can link to other posts, if it makes sense to run it in multiple parts. The final project needs to be accompanied by a final summary, in which you discuss and reflect upon the project. This could be the same post as the project, or a separate one, depending on what makes sense for your project.

Daily Creates

While you are always welcome to do Daily Creates for fun, you are not required to do any during the Final Project weeks. You are however requested to submit ideas for future Daily Creates on the Add a New Daily Create form. Help inspire the next ds106 crew!

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