Project Trailer (Fall 2015)

Due: Saturday, November 14th, 2015, by 11:59PM UTC-12 (Anywhere on Earth).

Assignment Instructions

You’re about three weeks away from submitting your final project. Let’s see what one another have been working on. For the trailer, put together a short presentation of your project to share with your classmates and mentor. This could be a video of you in person discussing your project, a screen capture (with audio) of you demonstrating your tool’s current functions, an annotated PowerPoint/Keynote presentation about your project, etc. Make sure to focus on two things: 1) why the viewer should be excited to see the final product, and 2) what feedback, if any, you would like to receive from the viewer.

Different projects may be at very different phases at this point. Research-oriented projects, for example, may not have any results yet. Present what you’ve done so far, and pique the viewer’s interest to see the ultimate result. If you have open research, cover the questions and the data that you’re gathering, and close with what the viewer could expect to see in a couple more weeks. If your tool still has some major functions to be added, describe or prototype those instead of presenting them as working functions.

The primary goal of this assignment is to allow you to get some feedback from others before (hopefully!) it’s too late to incorporate it. The secondary goal is to step back and consider your project at a high level: how would you explain your project idea and progress to someone that hasn’t been working on it every week like you have?

For the trailer, we anticipate presentations around 2-3 minutes: long enough to present the gist and appeal of your project and ask the questions you want to ask, but not a comprehensive walkthrough of every feature or decision. A simple straightforward presentation is sufficient, but you’re welcome to put more time into it if you’d like (especially if you’re in a bigger group with more time to allocate).

Submission Instructions

Please submit a PDF with a link to your video for the assignment (to make it easily importable to Peer Feedback). You’re welcome to upload your video to YouTube or another video sharing site if you’re comfortable uploading it to an external host. If you do not wish to do so, you may upload your video to the Resources folder in T-Square, and then submit a link to the video within T-Square as your submission. Please feel free to submit your video that way if you would prefer not to host it publicly.

If you are working on your project on a team, only one person needs to submit this assignment. Make sure to coordinate who is submitting it, however.

Late work is not accepted without advanced agreement except in cases of medical or family emergencies. In the case of an emergency, please contact the Dean of Students.

Grading Information

Your assignment will be evaluated on the extent to which it follows the directions and achieves the learning goal on a simple rubric: Does Not Meet Expectations, Meets Expectations, and Exceeds Expectations. Any assignments graded as Does Not Meet Expectations will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit once.

Peer Review

After submission, your assignment will be ported to Peer Feedback for review by your mentor and classmates. Grading is not the primary function of this peer review process; the primary function is simply to give you the opportunity to read and comment on your classmates’ ideas. All grades will come from the graders alone.

You will typically be assigned four classmates to review. Peer reviews are due one week after the due date of the assignment, and count towards your participation grade.