Thursday, May 07, 2009

last project and final feast assignments

last project and final feast for eating san francisco

last night, we made our way to zazie in cole valley for dinner and to mcdonalds on haight for dessert.



1. working solo or collaboratively with others, create and share a story about our evening. your story must involve zazie, mcdonalds, and michael pollan's omnivore's dilemma. make sure you use pollan in a significant way. as always, your project must rest upon a platform that a) supports multimedia, b) is open to the public, and c) allows visitors the opportunity to comment on your work. when finished, and no later than class on wednesday, thick tweet your project.

2. for our last class on wednesday, make sure you have read pollan's omnivore's dilemma and be ready to discuss it.

3. also, working solo or collaboratively with others, prepare a delicious dish for wednesday's class. your delicious dish must be made from local, seasonal ingredients. if you don't know what that means, find out. also, when preparing your meal, consider shopping for local, seasonal ingredients at USF's farmer's market on sunday. document the process. as always, your project must rest upon a platform that a) supports multimedia, b) is open to the public, and c) allows visitors the opportunity to comment on your work. when finished, and no later than next friday (may 8 15) at 5 pm, thick tweet your project.

5 comments:

Ali W. said...

Friday, May 15th, you mean?

david silver said...

ack! yes, friday, may 15th, not 8th.

Jonathan said...

Hey David,
I've been watching your class with interest this term and I've got a question regarding the course requirements and its public status. Are student required to publish under their own names? If they are not, are they allowed to take additional steps to anonymize themselves? I ask because in Canada (at least in Quebec) we cannot legally disclose that students are even enrolled at our university, much less require (implicitly or explicitly) that they do things for courses in public. I'd like to explore more public outlets for my courses, but to do so, I need to find a way around this. Anyway, wisdom from your experience or those of your students would be appreciated.

Thanks!

--Jonathan

skblackburn said...

Jonathan,

When we began the class in January we were given the option to use our own names or a pen name. Professor Silver encouraged us to use our real names, this way we were held responsible for our work not just in the eyes of a college professor, but accountable in the eyes of the world. It's hardly inspiring to produce content that will be read by one person, handed back with a grade, then most likely forgotten. On the other hand, for this course assignments were required to rest on a public multimedia platform, where people from all over the world have the ability to observe and comment, that necessitates a much higher standard of work from the students.

Sincerely,

Samantha
ESF & USF Student

david silver said...

hey Jonathan - thanks for the comment and sorry it took so long to reply. as Samantha notes, at the beginning of the semester i gave students the option to post under their real name or a pen name, but *strongly* encouraged them to publish under their own name. (in my other spring class, digital media production, i required them to publish under their own name.) from the students point of view, again, as Sam notes, it wasn't a problem - this is the generation of college students who are more or less comfortable with putting their work out their in a public way. "we were raised on facebook," one of my students told me, "we know no other way!"

all that said, i don't know what to say - if your university doesn't allow you to disclose which students attend, i can't see how you can require them to produce public media under their own name. but does that mean that students writing for, say, the campus newspaper have to use a pen name?