Miami as Text Format

Italia Study Abroad 2019

Each student will create an image and text reflection specific to the visited location. All reflections will be posted on this website.

Generally, students will be given a tour of the venue. Following the tour, students will revisit the location individually. Each student will select one aspect of the location to reflect upon. The subject selected can be an artwork, an architectural space, flora, fauna, a person (employee or visitor), or any other relevant aspect.

Students must create an “author” account on this website and post their projects here. The use of this website is free and uncensored. Professor Bailly pays for limited space and there are no advertisements; he does not earn any money from this website.

Remember this blog post you are creating is PUBLIC, imagine your future employer is viewing it, how would you want them to perceive you. At the top/beginning of your post, have a student profile. A photo (once again appropriate for a professional setting) of yourself and a short blurb with your information. Following this should be every post (“as text”) assignment in order of their due date. So, ALL your assignments will be on ONE page. *Side note: You will also have to submit through Turnitin/canvas

A minimum of 250 words! Each project must consist of original writing and original image(s). The writing must be approximately 250 words. The writing can be either fiction or non-fiction and either prose or poetry. The images can be a single photo or a collage of photos. ONLY USE ORIGINAL PHOTOS. NEVER USE SOMEONE ELSE’S PHOTO WITHOUT GIVING THEM PHOTO CREDIT.

Projects submitted by email will not be graded and deleted. Failure to submit projects in the proper manner will result in a failing grade.

Due to storage limitation, refer to the rules laid out below:

  1. Recall that each student creates ONE page that ALL as texts will be posted under. Each as text is permitted only one photo, if you would like to include multiple photos they need to be in a collage format (example below).
  2. NO VIDEOS IN PAGES. If you have a video to share, upload to Youtube and a link will be embedded to your page. Instructions:
    1. Go to youtube video you want to embed.
    2. Under the video click SHARE.
    3. Click Embed.
    4. From the box that appears, copy the HTML code.
    5. Paste the code onto your page.
  3. DO NOT upload multiple copies of one photo. Be patient, your photo may take time to upload initially, try not to upload several times. Also, check the media gallery to see if the image you want to use has already been uploaded. Site editors will delete multiple copies.

All posts must start as the following example:

Format: (Title of Your Reflection) by First Name Last Name of FIU at official name of location
Example: “Art is Art” by German Etcheverry of FIU at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Webpage Examples
Review Shalenah Ivey‘s webpage of her Miami as Texts. Isabella Marie Garcia and Maria Cruz also have exemplary pages. Check out Maria’s collages as per space limitation rule #1. 

Download Sofia Guerra’s Vizcaya as Text as an example of a proper turnitin submission.

Successful projects are original, engage a “big idea” and are specific to place. For example, Vizcaya as Text should be specifically about your perspective on an important aspect of Vizcaya: culture, history, identity, gender, race, class. Historical facts and relevant ideas are important in forming your perspective. Your photos should be creative. Think about composition, lighting, and color. Find an original angle. Provide a context to an object.

Poor projects are often general in nature and superficial in reflection. Errors in facts and typos reveal a lackadaisical effort. These characteristics result in a poor grade.

Your text should always name the place the as text is about or an artwork (artist name) that you are discussing.

Lastly, be honest. If you love something, love it. And if you hate something, write it. Your professor and every institution are interested in honest assessments.

Have fun. Be you. You are now part of a partnership between FIU and the broader Miami community. Your reflection is part of an ambitious mapping through reflection of Miami.

Stephanie Sepúlveda  &  John William Bailly 20 January 2020

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