Week 15 and Finals Week: Wrapping Up the Research Project

Quinn WarnickWeekly Updates

I can hardly believe that we’re down to our final week of Rhetoric in Digital Environments. This semester has flown by for me, and it’s been an incredible pleasure to work with all of you during the past few months. Based on the first set of presentations we saw today, I can tell that your Research Projects have really come a long way since you wrote those initial MOUs. I’m looking forward to the rest of your presentations on Tuesday, and I can’t wait to read the finished papers and websites during Finals Week.

Here are a few reminders about what needs to happen between now and May 12:

  • On Tuesday, we’ll hear from everyone who didn’t present today. (Tentative order of presentations: Kayla, Rachel, Kevin, Britt, Jessie.) Knowing our tendency to chat after each presentation, you should plan on 9-11 minutes for your actual presentation. And I’ll do a better job of keeping time.
  • If you’d like to meet with me one last time before you submit your project, email me. If necessary, I’ll add extra office hours during Finals Week.
  • The final draft of your Research Project is due on Tuesday, May 12, at 10:05 a.m. (our university-designated final exam time). Before you submit your project, please review the assignment guidelines and your individual MOU to ensure that you’re submitting what you said you’d submit. (And if you’ve departed from that initial plan in a significant way, it might be wise to preface your paper with a short memo explaining why.) If your project is a traditional research paper, please submit it in Google Docs format. If you project uses a “nontraditional” format, please submit a Google Doc (or folder in Google Drive) that contains links to the artifacts so I can (a) find them easily, and (b) provide some private feedback on your work.
  • If you’re interested in meeting one last time to celebrate the completion of your projects, I’d love to cook breakfast for you during our final exam. I created a Google Doc in our shared class folder to find out who can make it; please take a minute to fill that out before class on Tuesday.

And that’s all there is! Good luck putting the finishing touches on your projects, and please let me know what I can do to help.