Directed post prompts

The first three posts that you are asked to write about in WRCT 200 (i.e. Post 1, Post 2, and Post 3) are “directed posts.” They are intended to introduce you to different formats you might use to write your posts and the different kinds of artifacts that you might associate with them. If you are unsure how to handle any one of these, please let me know!

 

First directed post – single artifact

Choose something from your content inventory to write about that is associated with an artifact. Aim to find something about which you were surprised by the outcome. It could be that you created something that you did not believe you could create and then you were surprised by how well it turned out. Or, conversely, it could be that you worked on a project that you were convinced would turn out well and, for some reason, it didn’t.

Whatever you choose, be sure to take not only describe how the artifact came about, but to discuss how it relates to your interests, worldview, or developing skills, abilities or knowledge. Don’t forget to share this post in your in your folder on our Google drive!

Second directed post – comparison of artifacts

Compare two artifacts you have created at some point at Wesleyan. These two artifacts could have been created at two different points in time or for different audiences. For example, a paper you wrote as a first-year student against a paper you wrote as a junior would allow you to show how your writing has developed. Or a paper you wrote for an architecture class compared against a paper you wrote for a sociology class would show how you can write for different genres. Do not assume that your reader will readily understand the similarities and differences between the two artifacts, so part of your job is to explicate this for your reader. You should highlight what you believe matters in the comparison and make that very clear for your reader (e.g. “I am now much better at incorporating citations without sounding clumsy…”).

Whatever you choose (it doesn’t have to be papers, but could be artwork, emails, presentations, etc.), be sure to take not only describe how the two artifacts came about, but to discuss how they relate to your interests, worldview, or developing skills, abilities or knowledge. Don’t forget to share this post in your in your folder on our Google drive and to add these two artifacts to your content inventory (if they are not already there).

Third directed post – process description

Again working off of your content inventory, describe something you have created by talking about how you went about creating it. Think about any documentation you might able to include about how this thing looked along its path to creation. It doesn’t have to be an object. It could be a performance, an audio recording, a paper, an idea, or a relationship. While it will help to have images to show the creation process, you can be creative about what those images are (e.g. pictures of the artifact when it is half created, diagrams, flowcharts, sketches, etc.)

Whatever you choose, be sure to take not only describe how the artifact came about, but to discuss how it relates to your interests, worldview, or developing skills, abilities or knowledge. Don’t forget to share this post in your in your folder on our Google drive!


Looking for more ideas for posts? Check out our extended list of post prompts.