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.
Do not summarize the entire day. This is an academic reflection, not a diary. Select one aspect of the place and relate that topic to larger ideas.
Andrea Sofia R. Matos’s Miami as Text reflections are the embodiment of this engagement and every student should read her blog prior to creating their own.
CREATE AN ACCOUNT
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 this website 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?
NAME THE PAGE
Name the page “First Last: Miami as Text.” That would be “Maria Cruz: Miami as Text”
At the top of your webpage, write a brief student profile. This should consist of a photo (once again appropriate for a professional setting) of yourself and a short blurb introducing yourself.
After the profile should be every post (“as text”) assignment in order of their due date. So, ALL your assignments will be on ONE webpage. Use the following format as a title.
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
Each reflection must be a minimum of 250 words! Each project must consist of original writing and original image. 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. Read Bailly’s Guide to Image Rights and Usage.
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:
Recall that each student creates ONE page that ALL as texts will be posted under. Each reflection is permitted only one photo, if you would like to include multiple photos they need to be in a collage format.
NO VIDEOS UPLOADED TO WESBITE. If you have a video to share, upload it to Youtube and a link will be embedded to your page. Instructions:
– Go to youtube video you want to embed.
– Under the video click SHARE.
– Click Embed.
– From the box that appears, copy the HTML code.
– Paste the code onto your page.
DO NOT upload multiple copies of one photo. Be patient, your photo may take time to upload initially. Do not 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.
Every reflection must individually be submitted to turnitin through Canvas. Students must include the text and image in a Word or PDF document.
Students can 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.