Many studies about the relationship between learning and reflection indicate that long-term learning takes place during reflection about the work rather than simply in doing the work itself. Thus, following each of your projects, you’ll submit a reflection that discusses how your drafts evolved through the composition process, the strengths and weaknesses of your final draft, and what you learned that will help you in future projects.

On Monday, 16 November, you will submit your reflection for Project 5: Multimodal Primary Source Analysis/Exhibit. Your primary source analysis will be included with your timeline and a brief landing page in the exhibit you’ve created on Omeka. Your reflection should be submitted as a Google Doc in your “Multimodal Primary Source Analysis” folder on Google Drive. You must submit a reflection to avoid receiving an incomplete on the project.

As you complete your reflection for this project, it should respond to the following questions:

  1. How would you describe the rhetorical situation for this project (purpose, audience, context, author), and how did the rhetorical context influence your decisions about the content and design of your multimodal research essay?
  2. Which of the readings from our textbooks or other readings for the class proved to be most useful in your work on this project? How did you apply the information you learned from these readings in your design, drafting, or revision process for your primary source analysis?
  3. Discuss how your primary source analysis evolved from one draft to the next in response to in-class workshops, conferences, peer review, or conversations about the readings.
  4. How did your understanding of the role technology plays in human intellectual, emotional, social, or economic development change as you worked through this project?
  5. A corollary question to consider is, What did you learn about how linguistic, spatial, and visual modes work together in academic writing? How does the function of linguistic content change or evolve in multimodal contexts?
  6. Finally, how would you rate the overall performance and contributions of each of peer review group member, including yourself, on this project (fair, good, excellent, needs improvement, etc.)? And why?

Rather than thinking about this prompt as a series of questions that you answer in order, approach your reflections as an essay intended to explain the choices you made over the course of the project, how your intentions evolved, and what you learned from engaging with this project, along with the readings and class discussions.

I addition to responding to these questions, your reflection should give me some insight into your research and composition process. I want to hear about anything that helps me to understand the work you put into this process, your writing process for the linguistic content, your selection and revision process for the multimodal content, the “angle” you took on the project, etc. I like to hear about strengths of your project and also weaknesses, as well as what you would change if you had more time.

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