Online Documentary

Online Documentary: A1 further info Assessment item 1: Case Study Analysis Weighting: 45% Task: Working individually, students research and analyse an existing online documentary project that engages with their own research, interests or professional concerns. Students will critically reflect on the selected project, discussing issues such as the context, platform choice, interface design, structure and navigation, user experience, social media integration, innovation or other relevant issues. Length: 1500 words and 5-8 annotated screen grabs Due: 10am Monday 30 August 2021 Criteria:

• Clarity of report. 30% • Depth of analysis. 35% • Depth of relevant critical reflection and with regard to issues examined during classes 35%

Further Information: Write a 1500 word report supplemented by 5-8 annotated screen grabs analysing an existing online documentary project that is of interest to you and intersects with your own research, interests or professional concerns. You are drawing out and expanding on issues we discuss in early classes concerning platform choice, audience, interface design, structure and navigation, user experience, social media integration, innovation, etc. You should attempt to include academic references where relevant – the readings in the course outline are a good starting point. You should include a short general synopsis/background context:

• what is it? • who produced it? • what is its purpose? • If it falls within a particular genre, e.g., serious game, data visualisation, transmedia, VR, AR, etc. –

let us know You also need to reflect and comment on issues such as:

• Platform choice • The interface design • The structure/architecture • The user experience – including a description of the kind of experience being crafted for an

audience (e.g. exploration of an environment; exploring an unfolding story over multiple scenes or chapters; a game-like experience or serious game; accessing multiple points of view; project crafted specifically for a mobile or location specific experience; social media focused experience that plays out over a specific timeframe; data-driven experience; VR experience placing you inside an environment and narrative experience, etc.)

• You should also discuss issues such as degree of non-linear navigation/ exploration, its usability i.e., how easy, or intuitive is it to find, get to or navigate through content? How smooth and intuitive are the interactions? Is it complex or confusing to use?

• Does it utilise social media in interesting ways? How is social media integrated in the project? • Is it in some way innovative that is worth noting?

You might wish to discuss how it draws upon affordances relating to interactive digital media, e.g. participation; interaction; liveness; virtuality; location; multiple POV etc. There are no right answers for this – it is about you reflecting, critiquing, researching and forming an opinion. You should flesh out and support your case study with relevant academic references and other credible material. Issues raised in the first few weeks of classes will form the framework for your analysis. Consider using subheadings to bring attention to various aspects rather than writing it as an essay, e.g., project synopsis; background context; platform choice; user experience etc. You might wish to bring

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attention to areas that you find very interesting, engaging or perhaps even problematic. You may wish to finish with a short summary of your overall experience and feedback. There are links to A1 examples from 2020 available in Canvas under Assignments > Assessment task 1: Case Study Analysis (note: the specified word count for these examples was shorter and fewer annotated screen grabs were required). Please note you are to submit your case study analysis via Turnitin in Canvas. Recommended projects: To simplify things this semester, we are providing a list of possible projects that you can choose from. You can go outside of this list but if you do, make sure that the project is an interactive documentary project not simply a linear documentary posted online or promotional material. You need to check any projects that are not on this list with your tutor by providing the URL to them before you get too far along. Eva.Stories (Instagram doco) https://www.instagram.com/eva.stories/?hl=en Missing https://www.sbs.com.au/missing/ The Amazon Race https://ab.co/2BUEHtA My Grandmothers Lingo https://www.sbs.com.au/mygrandmotherslingo/ Generation COVID https://tinyurl.com/y7jpfhaj SBS Storyline – https://www.sbs.com.au/storyline/ Hollow (best viewed on Chrome) http://hollowdocumentary.com/ The Shore Line https://theshorelineproject.org/ Welcome to Pine Point http://pinepoint.nfb.ca/#/pinepoint The Great Animal Orchestra http://www.legrandorchestredesanimaux.com/en Thank You for Playing http://thankyouforplaying.nfb.ca/#!/ She Called Me Red: SBS Instagram Documentary https://bit.ly/2T3x4vC Slavery Footprint http://slaveryfootprint.org/ SelfieCity http://selfiecity.net/ The {And} https://www.theand.us/ The Killing Times https://tinyurl.com/y4apurnq Hey Stranger, What’s On Your Phone https://ab.co/2StxGFl The Last Generation http://apps.frontline.org/the-last-generation/ I’m Your Man http://www.sbs.com.au/imyourman/ It Was Me https://itwasme.abettermanfilm.com/?/ Soundtrails http://soundtrails.com.au/# do not track https://donottrack-doc.com/ Within VR projects https://www.with.in/ such as * Clouds over sidra https://www.with.in/watch/clouds-over-sidra/ Far away from far away https://faraway.nfb.ca/ Nobody loves you more than me https://www.sbs.com.au/margarete/ Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow https://yesterday.nfb.ca/ See Rubric over page

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A1 Case Study Rubric

Criteria Fail Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction Clarity of report 30%

The case study lacks clarity and coherence – content is poorly conveyed. Annotated screen grabs may be missing.

The case study may have some errors in expression, but the content is generally comprehensible. The work would benefit from further editing to improve clarity. Annotated screen grabs are evident.

The case study is generally well expressed and conveys the key ideas. May be some slight issues with clarity of expression, ideas, or structure. Annotated screen grabs are evident and relevant to the argument.

The case study is very well expressed and structured. There is a logical flow of ideas and a well thought through critique emerges. Annotated screen grabs are evident and used well to convey the argument.

The case study is written with a high level of attention to detail and insight. The student has made excellent use of the available words to create a highly developed and thought provoking critique. Annotated screen grabs are carefully integrated to add further depth to the argument.

Depth of analysis 35%

Lacking or inadequate analysis of the work.

Provides a reasonable analysis of the work however it may be primarily descriptive. References may not be evident or lack relevance or adequate integration. There is scope to deepen the analysis.

Evaluates the work with a good level of analysis. May emphasise descriptions of the project but some relevant academic references are included. There may be scope to deepen the analysis.

Provides a solid and well supported analysis that considers the impact of aesthetic and technical choices on the experience of the work. Academic references are highly relevant and well integrated.

Provides an excellent, insightful, and very well supported analysis that considers the impact of aesthetic and technical choices on the experience of the work and demonstrates a convincing, high degree of engagement with the content.

Depth of relevant critical reflection and analysis with regard to issues examined during classes 35%

The case study lacks an adequate degree of analysis concerning relevant project features and design issues. Key project features or design issues may be missed or have inadequate detail.

The case study displays a reasonable degree of analysis concerning relevant project features and design issues. These are covered with generally reasonable detail. Students demonstrate adequate understanding of relevant design issues, but some may have been missed.

The case study displays a good degree of analysis concerning project features and design issues. These are covered in good detail. Students demonstrate good understanding of a range of relevant issues but there may be scope for further discussion of certain key features.

The case study displays a strong degree of analysis concerning project features and design issues. These are covered in solid detail. Students demonstrate strong understanding of relevant issues such as context, platform choice, interface design, structure and navigation, user experience, social media integration or innovation and convey this well.

The case study displays an excellent degree of analysis of project features and design issues. These are covered in excellent detail. Students demonstrate excellent understanding by addressing a range of relevant design issues across context, platform choice, interface design, structure, navigation, user experience, social media integration or innovation. Observations and analysis are convincingly conveyed with impressive insight.