DGST101: Midterm Self-reflection
As you're working on this self-reflection, consider the statement on grading and assessment from our course syllabus:
"This course will focus on qualitative not quantitative assessment, something we’ll discuss during the class, both with reference to your own work and the works we’re studying. While you will get a final grade at the end of the term, I will not be grading individual assignments, but rather asking questions and making comments that engage your work rather than simply evaluate it. You will also be reflecting carefully on your own work and the work of your peers. The intention here is to help you focus on working in a more organic way, as opposed to working as you think you’re expected to. If this process causes more anxiety than it alleviates, see me at any point to confer about your progress in the course to date. If you are worried about your grade, your best strategy should be to join the discussions, do the reading, and complete the assignments. You should consider this course a 'busy-work-free zone.' If an assignment does not feel productive, we can find ways to modify, remix, or repurpose the instructions."
You may also want to read Alfie Kohn's, "The Case Against Grades":
What's your name?
What aspects of the course have been the most successful for you so far? What thing that you've learned are you most excited about? What challenges have you encountered?
Add a URL for your Rebuilding the Internet Assignment.
Add a URL for another one of your Medium posts that you think best represents your work.
Talk about the work you've done for the course so far. Answer some or all of the following questions. Have you completed all of the creative assignments, written regular Medium posts, watched the films, done the reading? If not, do you have thoughts about other work you might do in place of what you've missed? Have you joined any of the optional live chats? Have you responded regularly to your peers via Medium or Slack?
What grade would you give yourself for the first half of this course?
Why? (You'll do something like this again at the end of the semester. While I prefer to give everyone the grades they give themselves, I reserve the right to change grades as appropriate.)
If you still have concerns about where you're at in the course, let me know. Ask questions here about your work or let me know if there's anything specific you'd like feedback on. (Of course, you can also send me this kind of stuff in a DM on Slack at any point.)
What topics would you most like to discuss in the second half of this course? Feel free to check as many things as you're interested in, and use the "other" box if there's something you'd like us to do that's missing here. (I'll construct the rest of the schedule based on what folks answer.)
The Dark Web / Deep Web
Gaming Culture / Gamergate
A novel like: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Time Machine, or Frankenstein
Online Relationships / Catfishing
A film like Blade Runner and/or an episode of Black Mirror
Lo and Behold, a documentary about the history of the internet and internet culture
Adaptation, Remixes, and Mashups
Critical Making / Maker Culture
The Internet of Things
Algorithms / Algorithmic Influence
Web Design / Domain of One's Own
Do you have any other thoughts or reflections about the course that you'd like to share?
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