ASSIGNMENT 6: Developing a Digital Public Education Tool (Retired Draft)

An important culminating project from this class will be the development of a digital public education tool. Students will work in groups and each group will be assigned to a specific topic covered during the course. Groups will select a type of digital technology/knowledge stream through which to create their public education tool.

Topics include: residential segregation, housing affordability, low wage labor, welfare, public space, criminal justice, immigration policy

Though there aren’t too many limits imposed, each of these topics should be discussed with respect to urban areas, with examples specific to New York City when possible.

Students will again claim a topic on a first-come-first-serve basis using our QC Gdrives.

Students will be presented with a list of digital tools/knowledge streams from which they may craft their projects. These will be shared with students earlier in the semester so students have an opportunity to explore them. Students will be assigned groups following the midterm exam and will be expected to select a tool as a group.


This project is necessarily broken out into three parts that allow for support from both myself and peers.

Part 1: Brief Proposal of Idea. Groups will respond to the following questions via a shared google doc.

  1. Tentative project title?
  2. Group names?
  3. What tool?
  4. What end product?
  5. What will be covered?

DUE: 11:59pm Friday 4/21/17

Part 2: Peer Presentations and Feedback.

These will be very informal presentations where groups will give mid-project updates to the class and elicit feedback and insight from classmates and myself. Though these are ‘informal’, students are expected to coherently present their projects to enable peer feedback.

Presentations In-Class on Monday 5/8/16

Part 3: Final Project submission.

The process of project submission will be determined once it is clear what shape the projects will take.

DUE: Monday 5/22/17 or Wednesday 5/24/17 (TBA)


  • Composing a digital public education tool
  • Learning how to use a new digital tool
  • Writing/Producing for an audience
  • Research skill development
  • Group project coordination
  • Using digital tools to coordinate group projects



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