Final Project The Nature of This Campus

College Strategies Summer 2018 Final Project The Nature of This Campus

due Thursday August 23rd, worth 50 points

Your final team assignment: a campus publication — like a blog or wiki, a mini-magazine online, a kind of Cascadia Geographic. This project will be a dynamic presentation of your teamwork skills and your collective understanding of how your own college campus fits into the world of environmental education, awareness, and stewardship.

This is a collaborative project, constructed from scratch as a team. Your sustainable place essays, your campus resource infographics, or any version of any other work you have done during this class related to the nature of this campus will be the centerpieces of the publication. Those artifacts will be framed by various other supplemental imagery and text, static and/or interactive, depending on what kind of publication your team decides to create.

You can make this publication in a traditional file using any design program you like; or you can build it digitally in a Wiki, WIX, SlideShare, WordPress or Tumblr site, or any other free platform you can think of. Use the technological expertise within your team and consider using the Bock Learning Center as a technology resource if you are on campus. Ultimately you need to select and design a format that everyone on the team can manage and access online.

Each participating team member must choose at least one artifact already produced in this class to include in the publication. The artifact can be included in its original form or it can be adapted to fit the publication specifics that your team decides on.

Then, together, the team must create supplemental components that frame this class work – these components must be significant and campus-based. The genre of this publication, its audience and tone, must be determined with intention when deciding how to frame the work.


· References to local news articles over the past 20 years about the state’s newest college…

· Information about Cascadia’s food forest, its roof garden, its composting practices, its solar panels, its LEED certified GLA building, or any other sustainable practices…

· Information about the geographic history of Cascadia/UWB’s campus site, like the Truly Ranch, or the glacial erratic…

· Information about the critters that have been or are now part of this campus, like the old lawn mowing goats, the wetland inhabitants, the infamous crows…

· Interviews with environmental science instructors like John Van Leer or Midori Sakura, or grounds supervisors like Tyson Kemper…

· Advertisements for annual campus events like earth day, the Got Muck? Project, etc…

The final version of your team publication is due, without exception, on Thursday August 23rd. Each team member must submit a file or link to the “Nature of Campus Publication” assignment in the week 8 module in order to earn points for it.

Publication Components

· Title, which reflects the focus of the writing and imagery the publication contains, and names of the editors (participating team members)

· MLA formatted list of any sources referenced

· At least one original or revised class artifact from each participating group member

· Supplemental components, which should be cohesive, consistently designed, and may include but are not limited to the following:

· images, video, sound files

· charts, graphs, statistical tables

· fact sheets, calendars, maps

· games, quizzes, interviews

· advertisements, PSA’s

Recommended Process 1. Based on your experience with the course theme and your sense of each other’s work in the course, determine what message you want this publication to send its audience, what the title of this publication will be, and what the format will be.

2. Decide how the publication will be organized, and choose which class artifacts each participating team member will contribute.

3. Revise or format those artifacts as appropriate.

4. Decide what supplemental components will best frame the class artifacts.

5. Gather and create those supplements – research, interview, compile, design, etc.

6. Put all the components together.

7. Edit and proofread, everyone, all of it — your name is on the whole publication.

8. Individually submit the link or file in the corresponding Canvas assignment.

As team members you are responsible for a lot: determining the medium, theme and structure of your magazine; determining the steps of creating and producing it, the components that will supplement your essays, and the roles that team members will play. Each team member will receive an individual grade for the publication based on the quality of the publication itself, and my observations of your team work. Hopefully the collaboration will be so seamless that everyone earns the same perfect grade, but your grade is not necessarily dependent on others.

Assessment of Outcomes

· Learn Actively– The publication suggests a single cohesive argument—there is consistency between the title, design, and details of each artifact contained within the publication.

· Think Critically Creatively and Reflectively– The publication consists of precise and concrete ideas and thoughtful claims; there is breadth of support and depth of analysis via detailed evidence and explanation; there are considerable and meaningful supplemental components; there is thoughtful integration of sources where applicable.

· Communicate with Clarity and Originality– The publication is built with a thoughtful structure; there is evidence of crafting, editing, and proofreading.

· Interact in diverse and complex environments– The team has respectful, productive, and innovative group interaction; the publication takes advantage of dynamic rhetorical opportunities and highlights team members’ strengths; the presentation of it is deliberately planned and captivating.