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Project Instructions Page - Multi-Campus Environmental Policy and Media Collaboration

This multi-campus environmental policy and media collaboration project consists of three main parts; an Individual Environmental Project, a Group Environmental Project, and a Group Media Collaboration and Website Project. We will use a variety of technologies to compile data, design and build an interactive website. The website will include general information and specific detailed reports on environmental conditions surrounding RIT's home and global campuses (including the RIT main campus in Rochester, NY, USA, the RIT Croatia Campuses in Zagreb and Dubrovnik, and the RIT Kosovo campus at the American University in Kosovo.

Individual Environmental Project Instructions

*Each individual will contribute to a collective annotated bibliography on environmental conditions around our campus and in our region

In this first phase of the project, each student will identify sources of data about the environment surrounding the RIT campus and around the local region, create a APA style bibliographic reference and a short annotation, and post them to a group wiki page created to house the bibliography. These data sources might be printed or electronic government documents, professional reports, news paper articles, web-based data, blogs, environmental organization or industrial websites, and any other sources of environmental data you can find. The goal is to identify as many as possible and to compile an annotated bibliography of all available sources of environmental data specific to your campus and region. The instructor may choose to divide this task by topic (e.g., rivers and streams, endangered species, hazardous wastes, etc.).

The purpose of this annotated bibliography is to provide a broad database that will help us understand the local and regional environmental conditions surrounding each RIT campus. We will continue to add to the annotated bibliography throughout the quarter but the first deadline will be prior to the winter break so that groups may move on to the second phase of the project, compiling reviews of specific environmental topics.

Wiki Instructions

Create a bibliographic reference for each source you identify. The reference should be posted in APA style formatting. If someone else has already posted a source you have identified check the formatting and fix any errors. Do not post duplicate references.

The annotation should identify the kind of source of the article (e.g., news paper, government report), its language if other than English, a short summary of the source. See your instructor for instructions on the minimum number of sources you are required to submit. However, the goal should be to contribute as much as possible to the project. If you see that someone else has already posted a citation for an article you have found feel free to post your summary below theirs or to edit the summary based on your reading of the source.

Group Environmental Project Instructions

*Each group will review the information in the bibliography and identify an environmental topic to review in detail producing a literature review report

In the second phase of the project we will assemble groups of 5-7 students who will work together for the rest of the term. Each group will decide on the environmental topic for which your group will take responsibility (e.g., river condition / pollution, air pollution from mobile sources. toxic wastes, etc.). Have a look at the available reference material and check with your instructor to get the topic approved. Your group task will be to produce a report / literature review on that topic. The Preliminary report will be due week nine to allow the data to be incorporated in the website and the final report will be due Exam week (unless your individual instructor asks you to turn them in earlier).

Wiki Instructions

From the project home page level add your topic title to the wiki page for your class in the following format:

Group Project, The title of the project, Student Name1, Student Name2,...

Make sure that the format is exactly as above so that auto indexing software will be able to recognize your groups data.This top level page will be the place your group dumps quotes, citations, thoughts, random writing on your topic and material taken from other sources. You should include a correct APA style citation for each bit of data dumped on the page. This is not material you will share so feel free to include anything you want to this page. Once you have accumulated a sufficient amount of data you can start organizing the information into logical groups in any order that makes sense. As the data are organized you can start writing draft summaries or paragraphs that can be incorporated into your final report draft. When your project is completed you will create a final report page formatted as follows: Final Report - "the title of your report"

After you have a top level group project page create a child page entitled "Group #xx Draft Final Report"

This page is where you will assemble your groups draft report. You should immediately add the reference to any article or information you put in the document dump above to this draft report page. Start by creating a "References" label at the end of the document and simply add to this page the bibliographic reference for any new data that goes in the document dump. You will be using all of the information in the dump so adding the reference will save you time building a references section later.

Open the "Group Special Tasks" page listed on the left side of the Wiki, at any point during the term decide upon what tasks your group wants to do related to the total project (e.g., taking the lead on interactions with the web design folks, providing communication help for everyone, editing the wiki page to make is more user friendly, how your group is going to contribute toward making the Annotated Bibliography page better, etc.). Type in Group #xx will do .....  Go on to perform these tasks that your group has agreed upon, edit the page to say you are done when you have completed the task.


Whenever you edit any page go to the bottom of the page while editing, and in the comments section briefly describe what you have done, then scroll back to the top of the page and Save the changes.

Be careful while you are editing the page as many people can log on at the same time but only one person at a time is allowed to Save. If someone has saved his/her changes before you, and you click Save again, you may overwrite their changes.

If you by accident mess up a page, on the right side of the page you can go to Tools --> Page History, and there you can see the latest edits to the page. On the left side of this page you have the option to check the box which represents the changes that you made, and you have the option of reversing those changes. If you are unsure ask your instructor for help. If you have a problem seek help as soon as possible so we can fix it. It is quite simple to use the wiki history function to identify a problem (and who is responsible) and to get it repaired. However, anyone maliciously damaging the project workspace will have their access terminated and will fail the course.

Group Media Collaboration and Website Project Instructions - In addition to developing environmental content we will be developing a website to display the results of the project.

Media and graphic design students will work with us to develop an interactive web portal for the data we assemble. Each project group will be pared with a team of graphics students in about week three who will be responsible for collaborating with your group and helping to translate the environmental data into visuals and web content. Your task will be to feed them data as you assemble it first outlining the kinds of content you will provide and then ultimately providing the content. Feel free to request help from the media students for designing charts, tables, or other graphics as needed. Also you will want to include locally important photographs for use on the website in your portfolio of environmental data. The web portal will include data from four of RIT's campuses including RIT main campus, RIT Croatia Campuses in Zagreb and Dubrovnik, and the RIT Kosovo campus at the American University in Kosovo. The media students will come primarily form the Kosovo campus and Professor Daniel Cosentino's working groups (

As this is an ongoing and collaborative project the specifics of what content will be displayed and exactly how are up to each group. However, we will work interactively to develop a coherent visual message and format.


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