Thursday, July 23 – Composing with ArcGIS

In Class

1) Discuss homework question. (10 – 15 min)

2) Introduction to ArcGIS, how to make a map. (15 – 20 min)

3) 2nd mini-discussion, “How can this possibly help your advocacy project, either in research or content generation?  What geographic datasets/layers would you need to add value to your project?” (10-15 minutes)

4) Composing & Sharing (Rest of class)

For Monday: Video Games & Story

Homework: read ‘Achieving the Illusion of Agency

Write a blog post to work out some discussion points regarding the following questions:

  1. Do you think that a story becomes more interactive if it offers more choices for the reader? Does this change upon reading the article?
  2. Do you agree with Murray’s definition of agency? Why or why not? Do you believe that any of the other provided definitions fit better in the given context?
  3. Did you find any of the results of the study unexpected or odd? Why or why not?
  4. Which do you believe is more important for a branching narrative: the number of choices or the impacts of the choices?

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