NYU D&T Final Project Requirements

Quick access: Links to the Written Essay gradesheet, the Flowchart gradesheet, and the Story gradesheet.

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For the Final Project, please choose one of the options in the Prepare section below, and one of the options in the Present section as well. You must make a choice from BOTH sections for full credit!

Deadline to post your project materials to your blog: May 7
Deadline to post your project video (if you don’t present on May 7): May 8
Deadline to finalize all your final materials: May 12.
(You have between May 7-11 to continue refining your project.)

Prepare

Please prepare one of the following options.

  1. [GRADESHEET HERE] Solution Flowchart + Annotated Bibliography (700+ words, 4+ sources). Do you want to continue working on your midterm tech solution or develop an idea for a new tech solution? If so, this could be a good option for you. Requirements:
    • Flowchart with least 15 nodes. Please show the flow of information within your technology (e.g. a software diagram) and/or between users (e.g. a stakeholder diagram). If you show information flow between a mix of tech components and stakeholders, use symbols, shapes, icons, and/or colors to differentiate between the two. You can review my sample flowchart, which I demonstrated in Session #25.
    • Annotated Bibliography with at least 4 sources. An annotated bibliography contains a short paragraph for each source. Refer to Session #25 for a sample Annotated Bibliography. Please use at least
      • 1 source from the class book list
      • 2 sources from scholarly journals (refer to Session 17 for links to scholarly databases)
      • 1 source of your choosing.
  2. [GRADESHEET HERE] Research/Reflection Paper (1150+ words) + Bibliography (7+ sources). Do you want to reflect and research on what’s been happening since Spring Break, in D&T class and beyond? If so, consider this option. Requirements:
    • Paper: Please choose a D&T guest speaker or other relevant D&T topic, research and discuss the speaker/topic at more depth, and reflect on how the speaker/topic ties to your own interests and goals. (If you’re not choosing a guest speaker, please email me your paper topic for approval.) While I encourage you to express your opinions and reflections, this paper should be a researched, scholarly paper that cites external, credible sources.
    • Citations: In your paper, please include in-text citations to the works in your Bibliography. Refer to Session #17 to learn more about in-text citations.
    • Bibliography: Please use at least
      • 1 source from the class book list
      • 4 sources from scholarly journals (refer to Session #17 for links to scholarly databases)
      • 2 sources of your choosing.
  3. [GRADESHEET HERE] Story Project + Annotated Bibliography (700+ words, 4+ sources). If you choose this option, PLEASE CONTACT ME for further details. In Session #26 on April 30, we will have an interactive story-making workshop. For your final project, you are welcome to continue developing what you might make in this workshop. However, since this workshop is experimental, I’ll need to see who wants to pursue this option and what they want to make before I issue further guidance. In the meantime, plan to prepare
    • The Story Artifact (a developed version of whatever you start making in Session #26).
    • If needed, a short description of the artifact and the story around it.
    • Annotated Bibliography with at least 4 sources. An annotated bibliography contains a short paragraph for each source. Refer to Session #25 for a sample Annotated Bibliography. Please use
      • At least 1 source from the class book list
      • 2 sources from scholarly journals (refer to Session #17 for links to scholarly databases)
      • 1 source of your choosing.

Present

Please either present your work live and/or make a video:

  1. Live option: Please give a 3-minute presentation via Zoom on May 7. You’ll need to be able to use video (if you have no additional visuals) or share your screen for the final presentation. This session will not be recorded.
  2. Pre-recorded option: Please create a 3 minute recording of your final presentation and post a link to the recording on your blog.
    • If you’re doing the Flowchart + Annotated Bibliography project, use the 3 minutes to video-record your screen as you talk us through your flowchart. Please zoom in and move around in your flowchart so that it’s readable in the video.
    • If you’re writing a paper and want to use visuals, use the 3 minutes to video-record your screen as you talk us through your visuals.
    • If you’re writing a paper and don’t have additional visuals, make a video or audio recording in which you discuss the issues you explored in your paper.
    • If you’re making a story, walk us through the visuals and/or read your work.

A Note on Group Work

For Phase 2, if you focus on a social media technology, please be social about it; in other words, project about social media must be completed in a group. For the purposes of this class, social media includes Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and any technology that involves asynchronous one-to-many (hundreds of people) communication. As in Phase 1, if you work in a group, your written component (Paper or Annotated Bibliography) must be completed on your own. If you want to submit a paper together with your group mates, each person must contribute at least 1200 of their own original words.