29 Sept. Reflection.


  • Any questions about the Video composition or submission?
  • Any questions about completing the Student Instructor Agreement Form?

Part I: Course Blog Sign-Up

  • From any page of the course website, click on the course title and number of the section in which you are enrolled (ENGL F2, D1, N2), and then follow the prompts to login/register as a course blog Author.

    Each time you have a post due, you will click on the link to your section, create a new post, and publish to the GATech hosted domain, which is totally anonymous to any user outside of GATech.  

Course Blog Privacy Settings

Part II: Final Portfolio

  • Take a few minutes and read through the Final Portfolio Assignment.
  • Please note a more detailed description of the Purpose/Goals and How-To publish in Mahara can be found in WOVENText (151-58)

Reflection Discussion

  • What is the best part about your video, and what portion of the assignment gave you the most trouble?

Reflection Freewrite/Draft

Take ten minutes and freewrite in response to at least four of the following prompts:
  • 1.What is your argument or purpose, and how did you make the argument or purpose visible in your artifact?
  • 2. Who is the intended audience for your artifact, and why? How is your choice of audience reflected in your artifact?
  • 3. What are the defining features of the genre or media that you are using in this project, and how do you make use of these features?
  • 4.What are the defining features of the genre or media that you are using in this project, and how do you make use of these features?
  • 5. If you had more time for revision, what would you change and why?
  • Consider for the final draft: What choices will you make to revise this list into a 1-2 paragraphs for the final draft of the portfolio?

Tool W/S: Mahara How-To

We are going to work through the following as a class. Be sure to ask ANY questions as we move through the How-To:
  • 1. Go to Mahara (mahara.gatech.edu and NOT mahra.org) and login with your GaTech Id/PW
  • 2. Click on “Create a Page” upper right hand corner
  • Once inside “Create a Page,” “Edit title and description” to read “Artifact 0: First Week Video
  • 3. Edit Content, Text: click on “text” and then “Add” in the pop up window. You’ll be able to reconfigure the position later, so don’t worry about layout till the content has been added.
  • 4. Edit Content, Media: Once the text has been added and published, click on “Media” and then “Embed Media” from the dropdown menu or you can paste a URL from YouTube.

Part II: Environmental Rhetoric

Organize yourselves into groups of three, and respond to the following:

  • 1. Spend a minute looking at the photo below, and describe what you see, i.e. what is being depicted? 
  • 2. According to Nixon what is happening in the scene below and why is it important (264)?
  • 3. In the discourse surrounding the environmental crisis, is visual rhetoric more effective than verbal, why/why not?


Nixon, “Scenes from the Seabed”

  • 1. According to Nixon what how are problems facing the environment typically represented? What are some examples he gives of typical representation? 
  • 2. What does Nixon mean by “slow violence”? Why is slow violence difficult to represent? 
  • 3. What are some examples of representations of slow violence?
  • 4. How do the representations of slow violence Nixon highlights offer an alternative to traditional representations/narratives of environmental disaster?



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