Design project

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Let's review where we have got to in this module. At the start I said that this is an introductory module that does not require previous media development experience. Its focus is on understanding the principles of effective knowledge media design, not on training you as a Web designer or database developer. However, building and testing digital resources is a good way to find out why some things work better than others, so this module provides you with opportunities to digitise images, create databases and design simple Web sites that will help you understand some important issues concerning preservation, access and usability of digital resources. In previous sessions you tackled different aspects of digital curation and knowledge media design, aspects that are normally handled by a number of different specialists. It's time now to begin to put these different aspects together and we are going to use the module assignment as a vehicle for this. If you like, you have rehearsed all the separate bits and now you have an opportunity to put them together to demonstrate your new media design understanding. Your task is to work as a team to:

  • Define the target audience for your online exhibition.
  • Develop and test initial design ideas using paper based protoypes.
  • Refine and reconstruct your design using this wiki.
  • Present your design to your tutors in a stand-up presentation, explaining what you have done and why.

For further details see the Module assignment.

Project management

This first part of the assignment is a group project for which you will receive a group mark. It is important therefore that everyone contributes fully. It helps if you:

  • Agree realistic team goals at the start and stick to them.
  • Have clear individual responsibilities that unambiguously contribute to your team's goals.
  • Have a clearly defined schedule of work.
  • Monitor progress as you go along.
  • Communicate frequently and check understanding every time.
  • Anticipate likely risks and have contingency plans to deal with them.

See the PRDA Assignment Project Teamspage for who is in which team.

Follow this link to the PRDA Contents page to return to the module contents.

Back to the MA: Photographic History Main Page to return to the Course contents.