Week 5- Evaluation

Overall I have really enjoyed this course! There was certainly some aspects I struggled with but I was able to muddle my way through it! In the future if I was to take another course like this I would like a little bit more direction, especially in regards to how assignments should be formatted and cited. I definitely learned a lot from this course and I like how the information was presented, and how we were required to annotate each reading, it really helped me to understand the readings as well as see other perspectives on the readings, and made me keep on top of the weekly readings. There was a few things that I needed clarification on such as citation for the final project, how assignments need to be organized and I wasn’t quite sure when the deadline was for the weekly assignemts when the course first started. My computer skills were also definitely not as good as I first thought when the course started! It was nice to be able to work on those aas well through the course. I will certainly be using some of the tools we used in this course in future classes, evernote for sure will be used as I found that unbelievably helpful.

Reproductive Health Care in America project proposal

This project will look into reproductive health care in America and the history of policies that came after Roe v. Wade. Reproductive health care, specifically abortions, in the United States has been a polarizing topic and most likely will continue to be. When Roe v. Wade was passed by the supreme court in 1973 abortion became a constitutional right in the United States, this did not come easily for the women of America though. The decision to have an abortion is an extremely personal choice between a woman and her health care provider but, especially recently more and more states are passing unconstitutional laws to restrict access to safe, legal abortions. Through this project I will create an easy to use timeline using knight lab to highlight the historical passing of Roe v. Wade and restrictive laws that have been passed since then, including the recent laws passed by Alabama governor (R) Kay Ivey. Along with the laws showcased in the timeline I will also be analyzing attacks made on both providers and clinics to see if there is any correlation between states passing extremely restrictive laws and violence towards those that provide. Knight lab will also be used to create a story map to show which states have the most liberal laws compared to ones that are the most controlling and restrictive and information regarding the state’s history with the abortion debate.

 This project is going to be designed to further inform those who are willing and hopefully educate those who do not agree with a women’s ability to choose what is best for her reproductive health. I will use visualization throughout my final project along with links to documentaries to accompany and advance the information presented. With 21 states either hostile or very hostile and only 4 states being supportive or very supportive, this is a topic that impacts so many people. I hope that through this project I can create an informational space on my blog where someone can look and find most, if not all of the information needed regarding laws and restrictions. This topic is an important one to be vocal about and discuss because it effects so many women and girls when more laws are being consistently passed to obstruct their rights and access to safe, legal abortions.

Week 3- Markup and Data

Hello! For this week’s assignment I chose to play One Up and Zen Tag. One Up is a 2 player game that involved picture/description and the best description wins. One up is a descriptive game but it is super fun and easy. Out of both the games I played this one was probably my favouite because I had someone to play against! The second game, Zen Tag, was where the player was presented with an image and had to tag it as accurately as possible. I actually had a pretty difficult time with this game, I wasn’t ever able to get the tags as close as possible because I simply wasn’t focusing on the right kind of information that the image presented. I really appreciated the ability to skip pictures as well, I used it more than I would like to admit. As calming as Zen Tag was supposed to be I never got into it as much as One Up. Overall I would play One Up again, probably because it’s a competitive game though!

Week 2 – Research and Communication

For this assignment I focused on women’s history and through the websites I was able to expand my learning through different mediums rather than just reading an article. I found that in one of the articles the audio files so helpful! It was so much more than just reading the testimonies from the women. I could hear the emotion in their voices and was much better able to feel how they muct have felt. I think that the audio file aspect truly adds a whole other aspect to both learning and teaching. Digital humanities has not diminished the emotional/human aspect of the humanities but rather opened more doors for better understanding.

One other area that I found were the visual maps in this article. It made the information much easier to understand mainly because I learn much better, especially about locations, if I have a visual aspect to accomany it. I find it harder to truly grasp the information if there is nothing for me to actually look at and study, mainly because I am terrible with orientating myself with places! The maps are definitely one of the most useful tools offered! The timelines offered in some of the articles were also very helpful but I find that I gained the most from the audio files and the mapping in regards to my own learning. A link to my evernote notebook is here. I look forward to using this website further along in my academic career!