Global Crossroads Class Project

Working Title: Degrees of Inequality

The final project is a representation of the argument(s) from this week’s readings. The project needs to be complete by the end of class.

What to Do:

  1. Group into your expertise areas.
  2. Spend 5-10 minutes working out what you need to achieve by the end of class and who will work on what.
  3. Spend 25-30 minutes creating your resources
  4. Spend 10-15 minutes adding the resources to the project. Ideally upload what you have as you go because this will allow more time to make sure everything is organized in the project

It must include 14 resources:

  • A meaningful title and thesis/question
  • 3 assertions
  • 3 text-based data resources
  • 1 image-based data resource
  • 4 images
  • 3 short video clips

GXR project managers:

  • Create project
  • Define the thesis or question based on the readings
  • Communicate the thesis and question to the rest of the class
  • Add the rest of the class to the project
  • Communicate with the groups as they work to revise the thesis as necessary
  • Begin to plan out the order of resources in presentation view
  • Determine whether you can create any meaningful themes or groups that can be used as section headings in the project
  • Help the groups upload their resources as needed; vet their contributions
  • Do the final vetting of the order of resources

Data Viz creators:

  • Given the working title/thesis, decide which statistics are most important to represent. What are common themes or key pieces of data?
  • Choose three stand-alone statistics to include as text.
  • Choose what statistics could be grouped and visualized in a meaningful way.
  • You may choose to recreate a table from the text in a simplified / streamlined form.
  • Use Glify, Excel or another drawing program to create a data visualization.
  • Remember there are dimension requirements for images
  • Add your data resources to Crossroads and include citations

Image creators:

  • Use high quality images of the necessary dimensions
  • Avoid depicting a generic idea about inequality, crisis, or education
  • Focus on images related to the ideas in the text that can be an object of further analysis, raise further questions or probe an idea (e.g., an advertisement from a for profit school, an image of a college graduate who is under or unemployed, an image of a college party, etc.)
  • You may choose to create an info graph of statistics as one of your images.
  • Write out the captions you will include that either a) concretely describe the image or b) juxtapose an idea or critique of the image that could lead to further discussion or debate
  • Add your images to the Crossroads project.
  • Create a thumbnail of the image that allows a viewer to see what it is
  • Add your captions
  • Tag the image with concrete details about the image — not just the meaning it has for you in this class but so that someone else could find it for other purposes

Video creators:

  • Use the video capture on a smartphone to generate short vignettes that re-tell the human stories in the readings. You can recite quotes from interviews or personify a story that was told in the third person. You may also create a character who has experienced the issues raised in the readings.
  • Don’t overdramatize — respect people’s experiences and stories, even if you feel strange enacting them.
  • Upload the clips to Vimeo in order to add them to project
  • Add the videos and include tags and citation if you are quoting from the readings

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