Instructions for turning in final submission of Issue/Cause site

Each group member will turn in the final submission of the Issue/Cause site by linking to it, with an image, title, and summary, on the Portfolio page of their personal website—do not link to a separate page on the site.

As with the first submission, each of you will fill out a form rating the contributions to the project made by yourself and the other members of your group.

Please download the form, rename it YourLastName-group_review2, complete it, and upload it to your MIX Google Drive Course Folders before the submission deadline.

The link on the portfolio page should consist of:

  1. A link to the site; the most logical place for this link will be the title (although other options are possible). This link should be a text link like those on this page, not a plain URL.
  2. An image, appropriately sized for your layout, that is representative of the site (for some visual appeal).
  3. A descriptive title (not “Issue Website” but “Drug Addiction in West Virginia: How Do We Move Forward?”).
  4. short summary of the site so readers will know what they are clicking on (not, “My assignment for ENGL 303,” but “An examination of drug addiction in Southern West Virginia, featuring links to local resources.”). The group can save effort by writing one summary for all group members to use.

Follow the guidelines for effective image placement we have discussed previously. See the examples below for ideas:

[Example 1 – Left justified image]

How to Make Multicolored Calendar Balls Affordable in this Economy

Rhombic Dodecareuleaux Calendar 2013 by Philip Chapman BellOn this site, our group explains why multicolored calendar balls have become so expensive and provides visitors with resources and design strategies to make to help make the dream of owning a multicolored calendar ball more accessible for students at West Virginia University.

image creditPhilip Chapman-Bell

[Example 2 – Centered image]

How to Make Multicolored Calendar Balls Affordable in this Economy

Rhombic Dodecareuleaux Calendar 2013 by Philip Chapman Bell

image creditPhilip Chapman-Bell

On this site, our group explains why multicolored calendar balls have become so expensive and provides visitors with resources and design strategies to make to help make the dream of owning a multicolored calendar ball more accessible for students at West Virginia University.

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4/20: First submission of Issue/Cause site

Y0ur group will submit the first version of your issue/cause site to me using the following process:

One member of the group will email me the URL for the site. The group can send me the URL at any time and continue working on the site until the due date on Thursday. However, if I do not receive the URL before the Thursday deadline, the project will be considered late.

As part of the group accountability process, each of you will fill out a form rating the contributions to the project made by yourself and the other members of your group.

Please download the form, rename it YourLastName-group_review1, complete it, and upload it to your MIX Google Drive Course Folders before the submission deadline.

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Links for 4/18: Creating a style for your site

Example style guide with color palette and typography

via: Designmodo.com

By the end of class period, your group needs to create a style guide for your issue/cause site. This style guide should address

  1. Headings (at least 3 levels)
  2. Lists
  3. Image placement (centered and left-justified)
  4. Image/media captions
  5. Any other repeated text or media type important to your site (i.e., links

The style guide should be: appropriate to your site’s template and sufficiently detailed so all group members can apply it.

Examples of style guides can be found above and below.

Example style guide with grid and typography

via: licdn.com

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4/13 Peer review

You will work on these peer review projects in your groups. Your group should review at least two other sites. How you divide up this work is up to the group.

As with other peer review projects, please provide me with a copy of your group’s review—before you leave class, either provide me with a paper copy of the reviews or let me know how I can find your group’s reviews—and give the group whose site you reviewed a copy as well.

Use this form for your reviews.

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Setting up a joint WordPress site; permission form for interviews

Creating a group WordPress site

As the assignment description states, your Issue/Cause sites need to be independent of any group member’s individual site. The easiest way to handle this will be for one group member to create a new site on their account and then invite other group members to be administrators.

This process needs to be completed well before next Thursday when we will have a peer review of each others’ sites.

Securing permissions for interview subjects

A number of you are planning to conduct video interviews for your sites. It is a good practice to secure permission from those you interview—first, so your interview subjects will know what you are planning to do with the video, and second, to protect yourselves.

You can secure these permissions by having your interview subjects sign a release. You can find your own release form, or use this one (copied with minimal edits from usc.salvationarmy.org) for that purpose.

If you include interviews as part of your site, you are required to secure permissions from your interview subjects. I will ask to see these forms when you submit the project.

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