An Online Home for Your Group

Your project groups are in the process of selecting texts to focus on for the project, and in class, we’ll take a look at some projects that students in a similar class at another institution completed.

Beyond picking a text you think you’d like to work on, I’d like the groups to begin pursuing two other tasks for the week ahead.

First, establish an online presence for your group distinct from our class home page. I encourage you to use WordPress for this. We’ll link to your group’s page from the home page. You can do this in a few ways, each of which has some advantages/disadvantages:

    • Use Collab. As a member of the UVA community, you can create a Collab site to which each member of your group belongs. If you enable the WordPress tool, it will establish a WordPress site for the group. I used to do this for all my classes, but I wanted a bit more control, so now I host my own WordPress sites. This is dead simple, though, except for some minor complications with how you set user roles. You can read about this tool here.
    • Use WordPress.com. It’s easy to set up a blog on WordPress.com, and it gives you a fair amount of free space. You give up some customizability (you need to pay, for example, for access to CSS), but it’s a nice implementation of WordPress that will let you create a decent WordPress site.
    • Host a WordPress site yourself. If you have a domain name/web space, or if the group wants to pool resources to buy web space, this is also an option. This gives you the most control, but it’s a bit more complicated (and costs money).

Once your group has a site up, begin customizing it. Work on an initial post describing what the work is thinking about doing, and post a link to your project’s online home from the course blog.

The other project-oriented task I’d like the group to begin working on now involves “the competition.” Do some online research to figure out what’s out there about your text(s)/topic already, from Wikipedia pages, to other online resources, to Gutenberg/Google Books texts, etc. Begin collecting examples of what else is out there. In the next weeks, we’ll think about what your project will have to contribute that these other resources don’t.

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