Develop and deliver a multimedia presentation based on an original analysis of our course texts. Draw sources about the topic from the Unit 2 texts in the Course Reader and your chosen folder on Canvas [See the Unit 2 Modules Page], as well as from anything you would like to incorporate from Unit 1. Think about the various contexts of our time and use one as a focal point for your analysis—but feel free to “personalize” this project by exploring your own experiences within the subject and course theme.
You might consider, for example, how your own connection to the subjects or ideas for post-pandemic reform—perhaps in terms of jobs, educational goals, social concerns, community needs, or future prosperity—might help you explore and expand the extant conversation about the issue(s) related to your subject.
To set the conversation of your project, you’ll be using at least five sources, one (or more) from each of the following types:
- The Unit 2 Folder Sources [see the Modules section of Canvas]
- The Harari Chapter
- The Bastani Chapter
- The Unit 1 Authors
Your goals are to identify a specific problem, analyze the current set of solutions your readings present, and then create an original argument that responds to a gap in that conversation. This argument may draw from any of the texts we have read in this course, and often the best presentations draw connections to various issues and sources we have discussed throughout the quarter. Consider the TED Talk a culminating showcase of your growth arc during the quarter; marshal the full suite of our course skills and techniques to the best of your ability.
Presentations will be pre-recorded via Zoom with illustrative slides (I recommend Google Slides). Your camera should be engaged, and the presentation should be between 6 – 8 minutes in duration.
TED Talk Analysis
Describe your presentation and your process in planning it, and then offer an evaluation of your efforts. What worked? What did not? What decisions did you make, and how did you go about solving various problems? What decisions or strategies would have been more effective? If you had this project to do again, what would you change? Based on this experience, what are the pros and cons of multimodal presentations of this sort? How is this form of argumentation different compared to more formalized essays? 2 Pages.