In this activity, write a blog post and reflect on the previous interviews you watched in this module. Discuss how what you learned from the examples of work completed by other students changed your thinking about your final project. What will you do differently based on what you learned, and why?
If there was one common theme in these interviews, it was that everyone is going to overreach with their projects. Whether it’s because you work in the sources frequently or haven’t acknowledged your technological limitations, you will assume that you can do more than time–even more so than ability–allots. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, as projects can always be updated and expanded.
Since the beginning, I only had one goal when it came to the participants/students learning something: a lot of our everyday knowledge of World War II is built upon misconceptions and popular media. Even if my participants can’t retain every single fact or source I provide, my main hope was that they walk away with the sense that this event should be approached with more nuance and even a grain of salt. These interviews made me realize if I want to make sure people learn this message, I have to ask students afterward what they make of the information I’ve provided through the “choose-your-own-adventure” exercise. If they don’t understand that I’m trying to relay that World War II didn’t involve 110% sacrifice and patriotism from every single American citizen–and it’s okay that it didn’t!–I’ll have to think about how my project veered from that goal. Basically, the interviews and the exposure to other projects made me realize the importance of interactivity, as passive learning is rarely compelling and doesn’t remain in the brain for a long time.