Final Reflection

Teaching (40%):

I think I met and exceeded expectations for the teaching portion of this course. During the peripheral segment I was able to initiate discussion with parallels to modern day examples (media, technology, well known figures, etc.). I think with these comparisons I was able to to spark discussion on a piece of literature that may otherwise be difficult to elaborate on. I know for me, William Gibson’s style of literature was uncharted territory and so relating it to things I was familiar with helped me a lot, so I brought that into my lessons.

During the coding portion of the course, I may have not excelled as much as the peripheral or major project lessons but simultaneously, I knew what to do to still be effective and beneficial to others in my lessons. I was able to effectively teach a more basic concept (i.e. syntax errors) and I broke down the steps piece by piece in a powerpoint and included a practice activity at the end.

screen grab from syntax error powerpoint:

I struggled a lot when I ventured into the more difficult concepts in the text, and while trying to put together a lesson I realized I didn’t fully understand it myself. With this in mind, I decided to teach on what I knew I did understand and I took the lesson outside the realm of physically coding. For example, in the sentiment analysis chapter, I understood the concept of sentiment analysis and its use of vocabularycept. I ran with this concept and explained it with my own examples of vocabularyclept.

screen grab from sentiment analysis powerpoint:


Lastly I ended with pedaling backwards to chapter 5 lecturing and lecturing on “computing is cultural”. I found this the most interesting because I was able to explore how coding directly effects todays world with programs that kick a** coders make. I decided to speak about a few different apps provide social/philanthropic benefits (HTC Power to Give & Get Rich or Die Smoking).

With the coding segment of teaching, I knew I had to think outside of the box to complete the assignments effectively. I’m really a horrible coder and I don’t enjoy it, which you can read more about in my coding manifesto:

I do not like Coding Manifesto


Finally we have major project portion of the teaching segment. This portion I was most excited about because I was able to teach something I genuinely enjoy. Using Adobe Premiere Pro was a vital part of my major project, so I knew that this made the most sense to teach to my peers. I’ve been using this program for a while and so teaching the basic concepts came naturally to me. I did a demo on the flat screen of concept like clip trimming/splitting, image stabilizing, audio overlays, graphic overlays, and rolling credits.


Programming Manifesto (10%):

For my programming manifesto I submitted a GIF essay:

Coding Manifesto

Looking back on this submission now, my expectations in comparison with the reality of the coding portion of the course did not exactly line up. The fact that the text was self taught/taught by peers definitely presented some difficulties for me. As I elaborated in my 2nd coding manifesto :

I attempted to learn coding through the instruction provided in our text, but I think the author wrote the text assuming that the readers know more than they do. The lessons provided by peers were definitely helpful, but again I do not think it brought me to a level of legitimate competence. I think I was more partial to the concepts regarding cultural approaches to coding. I loved learning about programs that successful coders were able to create that brought aid and awareness to social issues.

Both of my coding manifestos were very thorough (and honest) and fully met the expectations of the assignment. I also took creative liberty’s with my inclusion of gifs in these manifestos. 


Learning Journal (7.5%):

My learning journal was updated through google docs and submitted in the assignment tab. The learning journal was a good way to stay updated on my progress over the course of the class. It also served as a hub for all the important graphics and links used through out my assignments, which I could also find through slack but the document was a more direct way to view them. I made my learning journal a private document as opposed to a blog post because I viewed it as a medium that served for personal benefit as opposed to something that should be visually pleasing. This document served its purpose and fully met the expectations of the assignment. 


Participation (7.5%):

I think participation goes hand in hand with collaboration, which was clearly the foundation of this course. With out the collaboration of the peers at my table, it would have been very difficult to progress through applied digital studies. Most notably, we were able to bounce idea’s off each other for our major project. Although, for the most part the mediums we were using for our projects were completely different so at times it was difficult to offer specific or targeted aid. Even with these differences we were able to offer each other creative input. Outside the subject of the major project, my group was very active in our discussions of the peripheral especially when discussing modern day parallels to the text. In regards to the coding teaching, even if it was often difficult to understand the concepts that were being taught by peers I still made every effort to ask questions when confused. With all this in mind, I do believe I met and exceeded expectation for the participation portion of the course. 


Major Project (40%):

(click to view)


Progress Report 3

Progress Report 1 & 2 documents submitted on canvas

Working on this major project was by far my favorite portion of the course. Like any project this big, your bound to have to make some alterations to your original proposal. I originally hoped to interview subjects of all ages, from different backgrounds, and walks of life. While I definitely checked the different backgrounds box, I ended up having to lessen my subject pool down to just members of the UMW Community for my immigration documentary. One of the biggest struggles in my project was arranging interviews, it was often difficult to arrange times that worked with both mine and the subjects schedule. Nevertheless, I was able to do it even if that meant filming interviews and b-roll at the very last minute. One of the most fulfilling aspects of this project was meeting and learning so much about new people. When asking people personal questions about their background your eyes are opened to the struggles of the people you walk past every day and don’t think twice about. The editing was one of the most frustrating parts of my project, especially when going through and trimming several interviews that were over 15-20 minutes long each. Thankfully, with the precise edits I had to make on this documentary I was able to vastly improve my skills in Adobe Premiere Pro through necessary online tutorials as well as trial and error. It was awesome to have my film selected for the digital showcase and have the opportunity to share it with my peers. I even had a professor in attendance reach out to me through email and ask for the link to the documentary to share it with his wife who is an immigration attorney. It was really cool to see that people really enjoyed it:

My Instagram post with photos from the showcase:


Final Project (click to view)


I think it is safe to say that I exceeded expectations for the major project portion of the course. 


***** Considering my reflection and all the bolded self evaluation conclusions, I do believe I deserve an A in Applied Digital Studies.*****


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