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.  

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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?



RQ: WOVENText & Nixon (263-73)


Keep the following questions in mind as you read WOVENText (146-7 & 151-60). The questions are designed to guide your reading practices and our class discussions. You are not required to provide formal answers in class or online.

WOVEN Rubric, or what we are calling in the class “The Common Feedback Chart.”

1.How will the WOVEN Rubric, i.e. “The Common Feedback Chart,” be applied to your projects?

2.How will the WOVEN Rubric provide Macro and Micro views of your performances? (147)

Building the Final Communication Portfolio (151-60)

1. What’s a reflective Portfolio? How does it differ from other types of portfolios you will likely make over the course of your career?

2. Why write “self assessments,” i.e. reflective short essays about your project and process?

3.How does “reflective assessment” help you to transfer knowledge/skills from one course to another (152)?

4. What is the Final Portfolio?

5. What is Mahara?

Rob Nixon’s “Scenes from the Seabed: The Future of Dissent,” 263-273.

1.What does the epigraph mean? What’s the relationship between the epithet and the rest of the essay?

2. Why does Nixon invoke Atlantas in the first sentence, “The island of Atlantis, according to Plato, vanished into the ocean ‘in a single night and day of misfortune'” (263)? Is his opening effective, why or why not?

3. What does Nixon mean by “slow violence”? Why is the process of “slow violence” so difficult for writers to communicate?

4. Spend a minute looking at the photo of the underwater cabinet meeting, how does Nixon “read the scene” (264)? How does the president of the Maldives, Mohamad Nasheen, communicate the slow changes from climate change that his country faces? What does he want to accomplish through his “underwater cabinet meeting”? Is President Nasheen successful, why/why not?

5. What does the planting of a flag traditionally symbolize? How do the planted flags that Nixon discusses challenge older notions of the symbolic gesture (266-7)?

6. What some of intersections between human rights and environmental rights that Nixon highlights through his reading of the two “seabed scenes” in the first section of the chapter?

7. BP brands itself as “Beyond Petroleum” (268). What does BP intend for that slogan to mean? What does Nixon suggest it means?

8. What does Nixon mean by the phrase “technological sublime” (268)? What sorts of imaginative tools do people have to counter the “technological sublime”?

9. Why is it useful or important to frame the conversation about climate change as a contest over the symbols we use to represent what is happening to the world?