Class Assignments, Eng. 216


Wiki Projects:
One: I want you to author a page like my "about" page for Rust in Peace, expressing your initial feelings about the idea of invented worlds. Turn to the "big questions" I ask on our first page of this syllabus to inspire you. A photo or two would be fine at this point, merely to show that you know how to upload them to your Wiki space. Most photos should simply be left or center justified. Too many photos will make a mess; you can embed them in tables if you must have a large number.

Plan to have about 600 words for this page (part of that might be in the discussion tab as background information). I recommend using Word to author your work so you can spell-check it, then paste it into the Wiki's editor.
I will make weekly backups of the entire Wiki, but I strongly recommend saving your work on your own. If I hear "the computer ate my assignment," I'll just point to our late-paper policy: one full letter-grade lost per day late.

Two: You will do this in four parts on your Wiki:

1) A critique of another's project (use the discussion tabs for the Wiki page you are reviewing)
2) A self-critique of your own site (at least a page of text--type it in Word and post it to your site's main page discussion section). In both this critique an that of the classmate, note: what is most memorable to you as you reviewed the work; goals you think are needed to make the site complete; anything you thought weak and why; anything you thought strongest, and why.
3) A photo essay of at least 12 images, from our world and/or Second Life, on this topic: Pick a real-world technology that interests you (as I did with junkyards). Get images of how people use this technology or are used by it. In an essay of at least 900 words, you should explore how the topic you selected reveals a theme from our course materials and/or your experience in Second Life. Be prepared to travel off campus as needed to finish this project (my bus rides on GRTC could give enough material to fill a book).
As an incentive to do really well on this project: the strongest of these projects will be presented at the A&S Symposium at the end of the semester. I'll invite a few of you to give a talk or a poster session about your projects.
4) Any revisions to the first project you did earlier, including anything you want to add about your mentors in SL and your initial explorations. Leave me a note in the discussion section of the revised bits to tell me what you have done and why.

Di, Shauna, and The Iggster Chill Out
Di, Shauna, and The Iggster Chill Out

Final:

1) A final self-critique and critique of a classmate's project (see above). You may review a different classmate's project if you wish.
2) An anonymous nomination, of at least 100 words on paper, to me on paper for the best class project and why.
3) Option One: A short literary essay (about 900 words--use Word's wordcount feature--that you post to your Wiki as its own page). Your task will be to use the "about" page from your first project to craft a final reflective piece that explores an idea suggested by at least two of our readings or films. You might, for instance, look at how Ignatius J. Reilly's "world in his head" resembles some of the fantasies you see (or explored yourself) in Second Life.
Option Two: A piece of short fiction of at least 900 words that explores the idea of an invented life. Your challenge here is to make it relate in a meaningful way to the other parts of your Wiki.
4) At least six photos from Second Life that relate to either the theme of part 3 or that stand on their own to illustrate some aspect of the virtual world that interests you. One clever idea would be to explore some aspect of the virtual world that relates to a major you have or might choose (Business School students might explore the world's virtual economy; sociologists how in-world groups and communities form and regulate themselves). In at least 300 words that accompany the photos, explain what we are seeing and what unites the photos you took.
5) Any revisions to the earlier parts of your Wiki. Leave me a note in the discussion section of the revised bits to tell me what you have done and why.

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