Jade Did Drumbeat: A Field Journal

It's Interactive and Ethnographic
my project

Meet Future Class

This is not a “class.” And it wasn’t intended to be. It’s a collaborative independent study. I’ve never taught a class like this and don’t consider myself to be teaching a class this term, only offering opportunities, guidance, and lots of infrastructural support as students self-organize and collectively organize themselves around the projects I made available to all of you to participate in: http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/tutorial-thinking-digital-age-students-welcome andhttp://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/peer-apprenticeship-new-teaching-model-digital-age

Cathy Davidson, response to the listserv after I called us a class

My Project: The Video

My goal in doing this project was to create a comprehensive experience from my perspective of what it was like to be in future class and how we moved through the Drumbeat experience. The video presentation above is my primary video piece on the class and covers the experience from 2 weeks before through two weeks after Drumbeat (this website covers the same period of time with a few things brought in from the initial class meeting to put things in context).

I am a tinker-er.  The video on this site is also a documentation of me going through the process of learning a new software platform (the video software that shall remain unnamed) through playing and tinkering so please judge kindly.

Other Video Posts

Please don’t miss the Page of Thanks!  Without the listed organizations and people none of this would have been possible.

The Website(s)

The Class Website

I joined the class in search of a way to enable online collaboration in a class setting.  I was looking for a solution that was scalable, both public and private and had the ability to manage course and conversation workflow.  Anything else was just a perk.  After doing a bunch of research, and speaking with the project lead for the UNC Digital Commons Project, I decided to try buddypress.  With the blessing of the class, and the aid of the Director of New Media Strategy at HASTAC, I was able to get the site up and running in time for the class to use it pre and post Drumbeat.

Of all the feedback I could have received, I think the best feedback was from members of the class who had been weary of a public class blog.  All of the people became quick converts to the buddypress platform.  They attributed the comfort with a stronger community feel.

This Site

The goal of this site is to tinker with the information I gathered at Drumbeat to try and find a way to create an ethnographic archive of the experience, that is augmented with links, video and imagery in a way that a flat ethnographic document could not be.  I am playing with the form of the field journal here.

I guess technically, I am the lead website manager of both.  I developed nothing and broke everything (everything you see is thank to push button installs).