Historian

 

(Note: This is the assignment formerly known as “extension”.)

Of the three community roles, “historian” is the most diffuse and perhaps the most important. While all students are encouraged to use Twitter, Tumblr and other sites that extend the class discussion into other channels (remember, use the “#gamecult” hashtag wherever possible), one team per rotation will take primary responsibility for these duties. Extending the class means reflecting on and contextualizing the discourse that is occurring in the classroom and on the blog.

These students may want to use Twitter during class, for example, as a way of keeping collaborative, public notes. They might also use Tumblr to collect and annotate items of interest that relate to the current readings or discussion. They may want to introduce some other social networking or collaboration tool.

Above all, historians are tasked with connecting our conversations back to the broader contexts and cultures of videogames.

Essay topics and project ideas

In addition, this group shall contribute materially to the two major assignments of the semester. During the first half of the semester, each group must, during the course of their extend rotation, generate three potential essay questions for the midterm. A good question is one that synthesizes or develops a particular game or text and that can be answered in 200 – 500 words.

In the second half of the semester, each cohort will generate three potential essay topics appropriate for the final project. A potential topic or project should be relevant to the class’s content in some way, and it should describe a scope and structure appropriate to the assigned length of this final project.

These contributions, essay topics and project ideas, should be discussed and refined on your group’s collaboration space in Canvas. If a group fails to produce these items during their two-week rotation, each member will receive a 0 for that rotation.

Doing the Work

Every time we meet as a class, every time we meet for a screening, every time you play or read an assignment, you should do at least one of these things:

  • Use Twitter, Tumblr, Google Plus, or some other microblogging service to document and extend our in-class discussions
  • Contribute to the collaborative Google Doc for your section. (These are available in Canvas under “Collaborations.”)

Submitting your work

The diffusion of this particular assignment type merits a different type of submission. Simply provide a few sentences explaining their activity during their rotation. Include links to any relevant twitter or tumblr accounts, and describe what you contributed to the group’s discussion on essay topics or final project ideas, which you should also link to in your group’s collaboration pages.

Like other communal roles, “historian” will rotate among each group, but — awkwardly — Canvas only permits a single due date per assignment. You are responsible for keeping track of when your particular historian assignment is due.

Round 1 Due Dates

Group 1 February 14
Group 2 February 28
Group 3 January 31
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Round 2 Due Dates

Group 1 March 21
Group 2 April 18
Group 3 April 4
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