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  • haylbop11 12:06 am on 4 May 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Reflection 

    Reflecting back on this semester, I am very pleased with our final product! When our group first decided to work with the Unitarian Universalist collection at the D.H. Ramsey Library’s Special Collections, we were prepared for anything. What we found was mostly secretary minutes from services and various social justice initiatives and program plans. After meeting with Rev. Mark Ward of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, we decided to focus on four major areas for our website. As stated in our contract, we wanted to focus on the history of the church, their social justice platform, ministers from the Asheville congregation, and an interactive element in the form of a 3-D model and trivia game. Our plans stayed mainly on track throughout the semester except for a slight miscommunication with our games programming teams about the interactives. Both groups wanted to use trivia in their games and we only wanted one. It ended up being that we had to compromise and allow for both teams to do trivia. Our original date to have the active links to these games was Friday, April 7th, which did not happen. At this time, our game links are still unavailable but we are expecting them soon. Using wordpress was an interesting challenge that I found to be rather enjoyable and plan to use frequently in the future. The hardest part was learning the correct formatting for our pages and images, but it was relatively easy to find this information online. I also found it challenging using certain themes. Our first one was the standard 2016 theme but we did not end up using it as it was akward on the page. We ended up using the Vivita theme because we liked it’s modern feel and thought it stood out from the rest. I really liked this class and think it has prepared me for the digital side of the workplace. Being able to use website generators like wordpress and other digital tools (timeline js, canva, thinglink) is an asset i consider one of the most helpful ive learned in college.

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  • haylbop11 1:40 pm on 1 May 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    April 24th-28th 

    This week we met in class to discuss 4 articles Dr Pearson assigned. The first one that caught my eye was Maha Bali’s, “Critical Digital Citizenship: Promoting Empathy and Social Justice Online,”Bali analyzes “digital citizenship” in today’s world and discusses how we can create, moderate, and contribute to our own digital footprint. Bali says, “The end goal of critical thinking is to challenge the status quo in order to achieve social justice, collectively raising consciousness of conditions promoting oppression in order to achieve liberation.”1I like this quote because it accurately describes the end goal of Bali’s article, that social justice and liberation are the benefits of critical digital thinking. I also agree with her assertions that digital mediacy creates empathy. This empathy is visible through the use of go fund me pages, positive hashtags, and community based support groups where people of all walks of life can come together. Shanley Kane’s “Internet Famous: Visibility as Violence in Social Media,”was a little bit disturbing in that it reflected a fear I have always had about the internet, that it can be used as a weapon. Kane talks about her experience in the limelight as being that off constant verbal and mental abuse brought on by anonymous internet users who disagree with her assertions. While the internet can be a platform for immense success, it also can be the leading resource for stalkers, violence, and fear. I have always made sure that my privacy settings and digital contributions are neutral as to prevent any negative digital consequences. Dannah Boyd’s “What if Social Media Becomes 16-plus?” looks at digital usage as an age-earned right that must be shielded from young children who may run into danger on the internet. There are many fears that children have access to more and more dangerous content on the web and that parents are oblivious to their children’s digital footprints. Boyd claims that the internet should be treated the same as alcohol or voting in that young children do not have to mental capacity to safely browse the internet before they are 16. The realities of prohibiting the internet, however, is unrealistic in today’s digital age and in classrooms who’s primary goal is to teach digital literacy.


    1. Maha Bali. “Critical Digital Citizenship: Promoting Empathy and Social Justice Online”
     
  • haylbop11 3:10 pm on 21 Apr 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    April 17th-21st 

    This week was one of the most challenging for me this semester. Between finishing up our part of the website and meeting with the games programming teams, there was plenty to do! We ran into some issues today (Friday, 21st) when we realized both games programming groups would be using the same trivia questions word for word in both game models. This would have been somewhat akward on our website and would discourage readers to continue on with our site. We were able to resolve this by meeting with everyone in our group to discuss ways to fix the situation. We ended up splitting the previously written trivia questions into two sections, one for each group, plus we agreed to make 15 more trivia questions before Monday. I was hoping to put the games onto our site today but realize not everyone was finished working so we will have to wait. I really like what our groups have so far and think it will look great as a finished product!

     
  • haylbop11 6:49 pm on 17 Apr 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Productive Failure Blog 

    This semester, the hardest thing for me to overcome was the time management of making weekly blog posts. I found it challenging to keep up with weekly blog posts for my classes, as I am in the process of making 3 right now. I have never made a website before this semester, so when it came time for me to get started i ran into some problems. Mainly, learning how to use html code and basic visuals of the site were  challenging to learn and keep up with, but overtime this got much easier. I now am confident that I can make a website for any future position I might have, which is honestly more important in today’s world than many other things you learn in class! I knew I would be getting hands on experience with archival research and while this was a component, it wasn’t the main component. If I could go back to the beginning of the class, I would have gotten more serious about my tech skills as to make it easier on myself throughout the semester. Knowing what I know now, I would have also been more straightforward with our second games programming group, giving them better information about what we wanted from them.

     
  • haylbop11 2:53 pm on 12 Apr 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    April 3rd-7th 

    This week we met with Dr Pearson and the Black Mountain College group to discuss each other’s websites and we also met with our group’s games programming teams to see the prototype of the interactives. These meetings went really well and we were able to get some great feedback regarding our site. I really like our group’s page so far and think that the interactives are going to make our site awesome! A representative from the marketing and communications department at UNCA came to our class Friday and interviewed us about our project. It was really neat to talk to her knowing that our words were going to be on the campus blog. I hope to continue working alongside games programming to create an awesome product for the Unitarian Universalist Church.

     
  • haylbop11 3:10 pm on 31 Mar 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    March 27th-31st 

    This week my group finished our first draft of the UUCA website and met with the games programming students to plan for the interactive part of this project. After meeting with both groups, we have decided that one group will be 3-D modeling a replica of the church, while the other group will be making a drop-down 2D trivia game that teaches the history of the Unitarian Universalists. I ran into Rev. Mark Ward the other day at the library and we discussed the website and a few additional things he would like to see such as a section on the overturning of Amendment One and some other social justice work they have been involved in. I really like the way our site is turning out, from the unique theme to the array of pictures and resources we have used, I think we will have a good finished product. Our next steps are to continue improving the website by adding more information and visuals, as well as making sure we have correctly cited our information.

     
  • haylbop11 4:01 pm on 26 Mar 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    March 20th-24th 

    I learned more this week than any before regarding my topic! I was able to take extensive notes on the book loaned to me by Rev. Mark Ward, giving me a better understanding about Western North Carolina’s first Unitarian Church, Inman’s Chapel, located in Waynesville, NC. I completed and posted my timeline js of the history of Unitarian Universalist religion and the UU Asheville on our group’s website. I intend on adding some canva images and general text to my part of the site, having it as near to complete by Wednesday March 29th. Our meeting with the Games Programming students went very well! We were able to come up with a very exciting visual, incorporating the two groups together to make an interactive model of the UU Asheville Church. It will be a realistic model that you can walk through, interacting with different items to learn the history of the church. I look forward to seeing this project come together in the next 4 weeks and can’t wait to present it to Rev. Mark Ward and his team.

     
  • haylbop11 3:54 pm on 26 Mar 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Digital Archives Discussion 

    Cohen’s Becoming Digital is an in-depth look into trends of archival acquisition and accessibility in the modern world. The article discusses the many facets of digitization and the role it plays among historians and scholars both past and present. Prior to the development of the internet, research was much more tedious, often requiring expensive travel costs, hours spent with microfilm readers, and lack of access to a wide range of resources. Oftentimes, documents would be illegible and missing parts of the collection that might take a collector years to complete. Today’s digital world has shaped the way research is done, allowing academics to utilize multiple search engines at once. Retrieval services for acquiring books have expanded and e-resources have quadrupled, meaning quicker results but not necessarily accurate ones. Part of being proficient with the internet is knowing how to search using key terms as well as what resources are credible.

    After looking at the digital archive websites, I felt the most similar to my group’s was the Hull House and Neighborhoods site. It has a captivating image/pluggin on the homepage which links to a timeline section, historical narrative, and important people page. The other sites had more photography than our page will have, but the ones we do have will be showcased like the Hull House site. Digital archives are the perfect way to present historical information in the New Digital Age. They allow the participant to see history with photographs, interactive plugins, and more depth than if they were strictly reading it from the source. My topic, the Unitarian Church has a long history that I think would benefit greatly from having a digitally archived website. There are already some great sites that exist on the web today that people can explore to learn more about the Unitarian Universalist religion. I think that in the years to come, many more digital archives will surface on the web, which is a great thing!

     
  • haylbop11 6:26 pm on 9 Mar 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    This week’s readings discussed digital identity and the six key selves related to one’s online presence. I was really intrigued by the first article i read, “13, Right Now: This is What it’s Like to Grow Up in the Age of Likes, LOLs, and Longing”, and found the comparisons between teenage and adulthood cell phone/internet usage to be staggering. Growing up in the 90’s, I became familiar with the internet in my middle and high school years, not getting a cell phone till I was 15 years old. Subsequently, I did not get a “smart phone” until I was 20 years old. Without even realizing it, I have become vastly more dependent on my smart phone to give me all the news, entertainment, and facebook/instagram/snapchat stories I could ever need. When I look at younger generations who’s interactions with cell phones and the internet have been since birth, I can’t help but feel a growing anxiety that even my own technical experience may not be enough one day. These kids are so proficient with the internet that they can use it almost effortlessly, enabling them to see digital identity differently. This oneness with the digital age is certainly worry-some when you think about what it is doing to kid’s self esteem and time management, but it isn’t all bad. The amount of information available to younger generations is more than ever before, which makes me think that today’s kids are smarter than ever before (without even realizing it). For fields like history, this extra knowledge and digital literacy can more easily combine to produce quicker, more efficient digital research, understanding, and access whereas older generations might feel more isolated in a digital environment. The six selves article, Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics is interesting to note that our individual interactions within the digital world are recorded, permanently on display for everyone to see. This performative action combines with the polysocial environment to create a unique sharing experience. It is important to remember that everything you do on the web is visible and can last a lifetime, therefore it is crucial for parents and educators to remind younger generations to be aware of their digital identities. I think that once Generation Z moves into the workplace, they will not only have a technological advantage, but a wider scope of understanding and efficiency within the digital workplace.

     
  • haylbop11 2:11 pm on 6 Mar 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Feb. 27-March 3 

    This week was really efficient as far as collecting information for my section of the UU site!I have started working with Timeline JS to present both a general history of Unitarianism/Universalism and the history of the UU Asheville. I already have most of the important dates for both of these histories, I just have to go through and condense/summarize the information. My group finished the contract and have a really good idea of what we want out of this project. I think the next few weeks will be just what we need to finish collecting information and start plugging it into the website. Cant wait to meet with the Games Programming students to begin working on the interactive elements for the site!

     
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