Changing the Archive Project

This is the post for the Friday, March 18, 2016 class meeting.

The Best Laid Plans

  • Cat  near ceiling, stalking a helium balloon, with the caption, I can see no way in which this carefully laid plan could ever failFun group work
  • Extending the kinds of digital projects
  • Create a resource as a class

Suggested Solutions

Based on the suggestions you all gave me in the What Can We Do document yesterday, I’ve redesigned the project to include the following possibilities:


  • Any topic related to Virginia Tech, being a student, being a Hokie, etc. No need to stick to the Class Planning Doc.
  • Repeats are allowed.
  • Changes are allowed.
  • Groups (up to 4 people) are still allowed.


The overarching requirement is that the form you choose MUST be something designed for online publication (and not something that is meant to be printed). Below are ten possibilities (cuz I’m tengrrl). You can also propose your own form.

  1. blog post about the event
  2. advertisement/commercial
  3. personal testimony
  4. eyewitness report/memoir
  5. information sheet
  6. infographic
  7. short flipbook
  8. public service announcement
  9. slide presentation
  10. web archive exhibit


These web-based tools can help you publish or build your project:


  • an incoming Hokie
  • a potential Hokie
  • alumni
  • current students
  • students from other schools
  • international students
  • families
  • the public
  • sports fans
  • faculty and staff


  • At least 4 modes
  • Well-designed
  • Take a risk. Try something new.

Work Schedule

F, 3/18

End of Portfolio Grace Period at 11:59 PM

F, 3/18,
M, 3/21

You will work in class to decide on your topic and how you are going to present it. The textbook has details on the tasks listed below, and the slideshow also has the basic definitions. You need to determine the following:

  • What you will focus on
  • The rhetorical situation for your project (W/D, pp. 22–27)
  • The four modes of communication you will include (W/D, pp. 3–13)
  • How you will take advantage of any affordances and work around any constraints (W/D, pp. 14–18)
  • How your design choices will support your rhetorical situation (W/D, pp. 31–39)
  • Prepare a pitch for your project that covers all the details above (W/D, pp. 51–56, note the questions on p. 56)
W, 3/23 You will give a pitch in class. You will have about 90 seconds each.
F, 3/25 You (and your group) will use the class session to research, gather materials (assets), and generally work on your project. Class will not meet (I will be presenting in a TLOS workshop, Jumpstart on Digital Storytelling), but you will need to turn in notes on what you accomplished.
M, 3/28,
W, 3/30
You (and your group) will work on your project in class. During these two days, I will ask each of you (or your group) to report to me on what you are doing and how it’s going.
F, 4/1 April Fools Day! Depending upon the progress on the project, it will either be due this day, OR this will be another day for you (and your group) to work independently on the project. Class will not meet (I’ll be in NOVA), but you will have work to complete.