DIY Assignment: Written Component

Note: The entire assignment description is posted on TLEARN. This blog posting picks up at Step 6 (“Talk about what you did”). 

This assignment will culminate in two deliverables: a self-reflective blog posting and a short slide deck that will structure your three-minute presentation to the rest of the class. Your blog posting is due before class on Friday, September 11th. It should be four to six paragraphs long, and it should address the following questions:

  • What was the nature of your project, and what concerns did you have when first tackling this?
  • What sorts of problems did you encounter along the way?
  • What types of guides or tutorials did you track down? Why created these resources? Why did the authors create these resources, and did you find them to be credible?
  • What source was most helpful? Along the way, did you find that certain types of materials (e.g., video clips, instructional web pages, or technical manuals) fit particularly well with your learning style? What was it about the good resources that made them most effective?


This grading rubric explains how points will be assigned to the DIY project. You can click on the image to make it larger, and you can also find this rubric in the assignment description that is posted on TLEARN.

You should also post a short PowerPoint slide deck that will be used to structure your three-minute class presentation. This will not be a text-heavy deck. Rather, it will include photographs and screenshots that document your creative process. Your presentation will cover much of the same ground as your blog posting. You should talk about what you did, explain problems that you encountered along the way, discuss guides and tutorials that you found most effective, and explain what resources fit best with your own learning style. You should upload your presentation to TLEARN before class on Friday, September 11th.

Please note that the three-minute time limit is absolute. Dr. Delwiche will be ruthless in making sure that all presentations follow these time limits. There will also be up to a minute between each presentation for questions.

The image on the right contains the grading rubric; you can click on the image to make it larger.  Your grade will be based on your explanation of the project in both your blog posting and your class presentation. Please closely read the rubric and use it to structure your blog response. Most of the points on this assignment are linked to the way you explain your process in the blog posting.

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