Reflect & Construct – Part II

Hi, it’s me again.

As I discussed in my first reflection post, feedback is important to provide a foundation for new ideas research and project construction. This blog post follows on this idea but focuses on the middle to final stages of my classmate’s digital artefacts. Engaging with their BETA presentations, I have been able to draw conclusions on how they intend on completing their final works on a variety of topics.

Designer BabiesMary-Lou Godfrey

Mary-Lou is looking at the future of genetic modification from human reproductive cells and how medicine may be able to allow families to choose the type of genes their children will acquire. It’s an interesting topic as medicine is continually growing with technology and although it seems sci-fiction right now, I engaged with her idea a lot more than I expected.

In terms of her BETA update, Mary-Lou is looking to curate a website where she is willing to provide continuous information and research for her audience. I thought this was a great idea only because it is such a broad topic for discussion therefore, I was able to provide a selection of academic journals. These research papers describe where scientists are looking at the positives and negatives of ‘designing’ babies as well as the possible side effects.

I think Mary-Lou has chosen an interesting topic to cover. Even though I only provided suggestions on content to research, I think her DA has the ability to inform a future audience especially as we combine medicine and technology.

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An Interview with The FutureEmily Grujevski

Emily’s digital artefact is a podcast series discussing various areas of future thinking. From what I got from her BETA presentation, she looked at social media platforms and forum sites to get a better insight on how to gain traction on ideas and topics to sit down and talk about with colleagues.

I think the idea of talking about different topics can spark interest across an array of audiences however, I did suggest that she might want to focus on one specific area/industry (for example science or technology). I think that fixating on one area could boost collaborative discussion and a more targeted audience rather it being a conversation about anything.

If anything from watching Emily’s BETA presentation, I found that she is charismatic and enjoys discussing the various topics of the world. I think her podcast series is a way to generate discussion with a future audience because a lot of people have different ideas on what’s next. Therefore, I provided an academic source where NASA looks at the future of space travel and what’s next for science.

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Drone TalkNicholas Montague

It was evident that Nicholas took feedback as an important factor in his BETA presentation. Nicholas discussed the changes he made to combine both visual and audio research into a podcast instead of making things too complicated for his final digital artefact. Addressing these changes made it noticeable that he is very keen on his digital artefact topic of Drones.

Nicholas discusses the changes in the use of drones over time. From military use, daily life to now leisure. I thought that covering the many areas of drone usage is a great way to inform drone users as we move into a technological future.

I only made one suggestion for Nicholas’ DA and that was to look into the entertainment/film industry and how companies are now using drones as a form of intermediary visual elements of media and the arts. As drones become more popular, discussing their many uses in everyday life has the ability to grasp the attention for not only those who use them now but those who take interest in the future.

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Having the ability to provide feedback to my fellow peers allows me to use the information I received from watching their BETA and figure out how I can build my final DA. The feedback I provided for the above was not situated on how to change elements, more about providing suggestions on how to further their research and continue their platforms into the future. Whether it be a website or podcast, I find that providing a different area of study to discuss is the best way to build engagement for a future audience. Constructive feedback aligned with an academic resource is the best way to understand how others are thinking about the direction of a certain industry going into the future.


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