Blog Prompt for Week 9

For this week’s blog post, write a proposal for your multimedia project. While you will need to consult with your group about what form your project will take, I expect you to write your proposal on your own. If your group has not reached a consensus about the type of project you will create, feel free to use your blog posts to propose different projects based on your archival materials.

As I’ve said before, think of your project as a teaching module. Through your archive, you are teaching your chosen audience something about medical research, the healthcare profession, attitudes toward certain diseases/treatments, the relationship between medical authorities and patients, etc. Your archive does not need to be the main topic of your project. Rather, your archive can be a way for you to analyze a specific issue about ideas of medicine, health, and/or public health (from what I gathered from our last meetings, this is what I think most of you are doing).

Your proposal should:

  • Describe the form and purpose of your project/teaching module – How will your project/module open up your archive? What structure (website, video, pamphlet, etc.) will your project take in order to do so? What are the goals of your project?
  • Identify the target audience – Who will benefit from your project/teaching module, and why will they benefit from it?
  • Describe the rationale for your project/teaching module – What is the occasion for your project/module? How does your project intervene into your research topic? Why is your project necessary and important for your audience? How does your project change or enhance our understandings of medicine, health, interventions into health, medical research, etc.?
  • Describe the research that you will need to conduct – What kind of outside research will you need to conduct in order to make sense of your archive? What kind of research will you need to conduct about your audience in order to target your audience most effectively? How/where will you conduct this research?

Remember what Melissa Bailar said about the videos and webpages that the Humanities Research Center created for the DePelchin letters. The HRC identified AP U.S. History high school teachers as its audience and decided that its goal was to show these teachers how the DePelchin letters could complement their AP U.S. History curriculum. The HRC thus had to figure out what that curriculum contains, how the letters could fit into that curriculum, and what the best vehicle would be for high school teachers to integrate the letters into their lesson plans. Ultimately, the HRC decided that high school teachers could best use the letters in their classrooms if the HRC provided videos of experts talking about the letters and online teaching modules that specify how the letters could intervene into specific curricular topics. Think about how this example of the HRC applies to your projects.

As always, let me know if you have questions. Happy blogging!

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