Video Gaming (EL 250)

17 Jan 2006

Discussion About Online Presentations (40pts)

Sign up for Wednesday or Thursday. Please do not simply post the full text of your term paper, or break it up into chunks with "Click here to continue" at the bottom. Nobody will want to read it online, and you'll get few useful comments for your trouble.

Your online presentation can be personal, creative, satirical, full of images and links, a podcast, a Choose Your Own Adventure story, etc. Make the kind of online presentation that you yourself would find useful and engaging. It should be ready first thing in the morning, so that the class has had the chance to view it and comment on it by midafternoon.

I should specify -- while I consider the homework (reading and responding to peer online presentatoins) to be important, it's the online presentation itself that's worth 40pts. The discussion of those presentations is worth no more than any other assigned reading.

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Are we essentially presenting the topic of our term paper or just key points that we plan to make in the paper?

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at January 13, 2006 10:42 PM

I'd like you to think of the oral presentation as the more daring, hipper cousin of your buttoned-down and formal term paper.

You can raise points in your presentation that you haven't yet fully researched; you can try out ideas to see how they play out.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 14, 2006 12:56 AM

I went ahead and posted my online presentation. I am still doing a little work with it. Let me know if you think there is anything I should change.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at January 16, 2006 01:16 PM

Whoops, I guess I should have mentioned that I would like to present Wed. morning. Thanks.

Posted by: Leslie Rodriguez at January 16, 2006 01:19 PM

Can we use a work that we've already done to illustrate a point? I have a work of hypertext fiction that makes fun of the conventions of IF. I could tie it into a discussion about the nameless observer and immersion in a fictional world (two important points of my research).

I can't use images (obviously, if I'm studying IF) and I don't have a microphone to record sound. Will you have any major qualms if I do mostly text and discussion for my presentation?

Afternoons would be the best time for me (I am not a morning person at all) because I will be cognizant enough to present. And I'd prefer Thursday.

Posted by: Evan Reynolds at January 16, 2006 05:52 PM

Okay, Leslie, You're on for Wednesday morning.

Evan, you are indeed free to refer to work you have already done.

I actually have a meeting all Thursday afternoon, so if you wait until Thursday afternoon to post your presentation, I wouldn't be able to look at your work and give you feedback for you to apply to your term paper. Your peers would also be pressed for time to give you timely feedback if you post it that late.

Would you rather post your work Wednesday afternoon, so that it's ready on Thursday morning?

I'd be happy to loan you a microphone, but for a text game, quoting selectively and meaningfully from game transcripts will help you get your point across. Links to off-site resources will help, too.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 16, 2006 06:25 PM

I'll sign up for Thursday

Posted by: GinaBurgese at January 16, 2006 09:42 PM

I'll present on Thursday

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at January 16, 2006 09:51 PM

You guys suck! :P Just kidding, I'm fine with going tomorrow.

Posted by: Evan at January 16, 2006 10:46 PM

I guess Thursday morning would work for me.

Posted by: Stephan Puff at January 17, 2006 12:41 PM

How do I put pictures on my blog? I'm sorry if I sound a little dense but I've never really done anything creative with my blog before. Please help!

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at January 18, 2006 01:51 PM

Use the "Upload File" menu option.

First, you'll need a local copy of the file you want to upload. You should make sure the image is no larger than about 300 pixels wide or tall, and if you have a lot of images, make them about 100 or 200 kb in size. You'll need a graphics editor program (Photoshop is a commercial product, The Gimp is a free download, and Windows comes with a program called "Paint" that will help you change the size of images. Look in the online help for a menu option such as "resize" or "scale.")

Once you've got your photos, click on Upload file, and create a new blog entry with the image as an embedded file. You'll see a bunch of code that looks like this

<img alt="screensize.png" src="" width="400" height="300" />

You can add text above and below that as you like.

To add additional images to the same blog entry, click on Upload File again, and instead of creating a new blog entry, check "Show me the HTML" and push the "Embedded Image" button. You'll see a window pop up with some code. Copy that code and paste it into the blog entry where you want it.

Note -- while the code has a slot for "height" and "width", that doesn't actually affect the data file, only the display of the file you uploaded. Thus, if your image is too big or you want to crop it, you'll have to change it on your computer, upload it again, and get new HTML for it.

It's possible to align your images left, right, or center, and to make the images into hyperlinks, as well.

Here's a good tutorial about what else you can do with the IMG tag. Probably of most interest will be the entry on ALIGN.

You might want to write all your text first and save it on your hard drive, and then try adding images, so that if something goes wrong you won't lose your text.

I hope that helps!

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 18, 2006 04:27 PM

Thank you Dr. Jerz

I posted my presentation

Posted by: Kayla Lukacs at January 18, 2006 04:50 PM
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