Having a couple days to reflect, I now have a lot of ideas about where I might go with my students. In fact, I’m now thinking of creating a project for another course that I teach, History of Rhetoric. One of my personal research interests is archival work and the various mapping platforms we looked at has encouraged me to think about how I could integrate a local historical (and rhetorical) archival project into the course. I want my students to have the experience of working with primary historical artifacts, and it occurred to me that a nonlinear archive project might be the perfect addition to that course! Stay tuned 🙂
As I’ve been thinking about my original project idea, a photo/digital essay, I’ve wondered if there are any additional platforms that might help organize narratives or arguments that aren’t necessarily well represented in broad geographical maps or timelines. For example, if a student decided to create a photo essay about an event on campus, there may not be enough varying geographical locations or enough passage in time to make significant use of the mapping/timeline platforms we viewed.
I love this example of digital reporting and storytelling, especially in its integration of writing, image, video, and hyperlinking. This piece is much more extensive than I could ask students to create (can’t imagine how much work this was!), but I think the more focused time and space of this story more closely aligns with what my students might produce. Maybe this is similar to what Russell was asking about in terms of conceptual mapping? Any suggestions for other platforms would be fantastic!
One final burning, unrelated question: does anyone have suggestions for free image editing platforms or software?