Assignment Calendar

No late work accepted. Submit all assignments via CCLE.

In addition to your final video project, you’ll submit three written responses, as described below. Four writing responses are available; you’re responsible for submitting three.

Assignments with red headers are milestones for your digital storytelling project. These milestones are not graded, just checked to make sure they fulfill the assignment requirements and won’t throw you off track with your project. Think of these as “check-ins” to make sure you’re moving along OK.

Wednesday, January 24, by 11:55 p.m.
Identify and submit the name of the infrastructural system you’ll examine for your final project. Explain why it constitutes infrastructure. (Spend about 300 words on this.)

Friday, February 2, by 11:55 p.m.
Writing Response 1
Short response (1,000 words) to the following question: Consider the material manifestation of the infrastructure you’ve chosen. What do we learn about the values and priorities of the moment and context in which it was built? Cite authors from Week Four.

Wednesday, February 14, by 11:55 p.m.
Submit an annotated bibliography of the sources you’ve used to learn about the history and context of your infrastructural artifact.

Friday, February 16, by 11:55 p.m.
Writing Response 2
What are the major standards operating with regard to your topic? From which other standardization efforts did they grow? Who are the major participants in the standardization process? What interests do they represent? What are the major elements of tension in the development of the standards?

Monday, February 26 (for section 1) and Wednesday, February 28 (for section 2)
Bring to class your video’s storyboard. Submit the storyboard by Friday, March 2, by 11:55 p.m.

Monday, March 5, or Wednesday, March 7
Bring to class the script for your digital story. By the end of this week, you should have assembled all of the media you plan to incorporate in the video. Submit the script by Friday, March 9, by 11:55 p.m.

Friday, March 9, by 11:55 p.m.
Monday, March 12, by 11:55 p.m.
Writing Response 3
In a 1,000-word response: What labor is required to maintain the infrastructure you’re investigating? Who performs it? Explain the relationship of this work to the issues we discussed in class during Week Nine.

Friday, March 16, by 11:55 p.m.
Monday, March 19, by 11:55 p.m.
Writing Response 4
In a 1,000-word response: What is the economic model of the infrastructure you’ve chosen to examine? How is it funded? Has that changed over the course of its history? How does the funding model reflect the values and priorities of the time and place from which it originated?

Friday, March 23, by 11:55 p.m.
Video and accompanying essay is due.