Thursday, April 16, 2009

DM4Change Project Updates

The semester is drawing to a close. There has been a ton of activity in the DMC and I've had the chance to see numerous projects in their development. In an effort to get a pulse on where all DM4Change deliverable projects are at in the production cycle, I need workshop participants to check-in with me.

Specifically, each participant should indicate a) your plan for each project (if not completed) or if completed a brief reflection highlighting your production process; b) a couple of key learnings; and c) a few bits of advice for future podcast soldiers. Please remember that there are three deliverables for this course:

1. Event capture podcast (individual or group)
2. Produced podcast (individual or group)
3. Intersection Project and Portfolio Published on the Web/ Individual or Small Team-based

For details on these projects please refer to the blog post on the syllabus.

Your project update should be in the form of a forum post in the Project Updates discussion in our DM4change Ning! so that everyone is able to see where you are at. I also hope to compile your final projects in our Ning! for archiving.

Please note that the Intersection Project requires a reflection write up highlighting how you have integrated DM4Change ideas into your coursework. Please refer to Gulmira's Finance Function project as a great example. Some guiding questions you might address include:
- What was your goal for this project?
- How did you conceive the project?
- What training or help did you get from the DMC or others?
- What is your rationale for using the media tools that you chose for your project?
- In what ways would you say multimedia transformed or enhanced this project if it were a traditional paper or presentation?
- In what ways did the conception, development, and production of this project contribute to your learning experience in the class you intersected with?
- Now that the project is completed, how could you improve on it if you were to do it again?

Questions? Please reply to the Project Updates forum.

1 comment:

  1. Digita Media Project Updates - Elise Young

    A) I produced the following music video project, which was a little different than the original Part A requirement, but which I believe Bob OKed. Here's the YouTube link: I got help from DMC staff, the Zen book, online tools and so forth to help produce it. It's a song that I wrote and produced, along with images from Flickr commons and dev. related info from my classes and previous work.

    B: For the intersection project, I am working on a mini, mini documentary on MIIS perceptions and interaction with Microfinance Projects with Kyle Abbattista. She and I are working on a joint Microfinance Institution Case Study project for our Prog. Eval. class. So, we're interviewing two MFI's, along with certain MIIS students and professors to get a bigger picture of the challenges and advantages of microfinance for poverty alleviation in the developing world.

    Right now, I have interviewed about 4 students on video camera and 1 professor. In addition, we have both compiled quite a bit of information about two microfinance institutions: MicroCredit Enterprises and ProMujer. I'm am working to edit the videos to pull out the best material and see how it all can fit together. I have attended some extra imovie classes with DMC staff to learn those skills more and am working on the video production side of things right now.

    Key Learnings: It's really helpful to give interviewees as much forward warning as possible. I also took time to talk with people one on one before I ever brought out the camera. This was very helpful. I've been working on storyboarding the production first before editing it. I think this will be very helpful to communicating the larger message.