Instructions for the Journey Log

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Your Journey Log is a weekly reflection where you will use the Habits of Mind to explore your journey with technical communication and game design throughout the semester. This is a way for you to reflect on your learning and adventure through this course. There are a few criteria you must follow, but what is written about is mostly up to you. These should be SUBSTANTIAL reflections and not a simple one paragraph response. Most responses are between 350-500 words.

You are assessed on the following criteria:
  1. Creativity
  2. Reflective Depth
  3. Use of Habits of Mind
  4. Class Specialization


Journey Logs are due at the start of class nearly every Tuesday. They will run for about ten weeks and close out with a final overall reflection. The directions are as follows:

Each week you should reflect on your work with technical communication, technology, and game design. Most of the Journey Logs will be open themed, but some will have explicit instructions. Regardless of the theme, your guiding heuristic should be at least one of the habits of mind (detailed below and on the syllabus), rotating through all eight before repeating. Engage with ideas of failure, kairos, and technology to see what went well, what didn't, and how you can prepare yourself for future encounters. Of course, if you had a successful experience that you want to share, please do so here as well! Your specialization will alter the way in which you engage in the reflection by giving extra criteria or dictate what modes to use. The specializations are as follows:

  • Warrior: For all reflections, you must use at least two habits of mind and write at least 600 words and include at least three images from your work or studies that week.
  • Ranger: Write about your process of learning. You should reference any videos, forums, or guides you used to help accomplish your task. If you didn't get any help, write about your design choices and rationales. Should include at least three sources.
  • Mage: Create a 2 - 5 minute video using voice, images, text, and cited clips from other videos. You may use Adobe Spark Video, Rush, or Premiere Pro. A brief paragraph should accompany the video discussing your process including at least one screenshot of your timeline.
  • Bard: Bards are creative problem solvers. You should focus on digitally creating something in a program we learned in class or in another class. This could be a flyer, video, animation, pamphlet, or drawing. You should document this process in images and/or video. A paragraph should accompany the composed piece on the process and rationale for your creation.
  • Builder: Create something using code, scripting, or build something in a building based game that reflect the principles you learned in class this previous week.

Remember, the journey log should be fun and helpful to you. Put thought and effort into this log so it is something you are proud of at the end of the semester.

Habits of Mind:

  • Curiosity – the desire to know more about the world.
  • Openness – the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
  • Engagement – a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
  • Creativity – the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
  • Persistence – the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects.
  • Responsibility – the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
  • Metacognition – the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.

Formatting and Submitting your Log

How to Format: For your first Journey Log, create an Adobe Spark Page and title it, "Last Name - Journey Log" (Your subtitle is completely up to you). Whenever you start an entry, click onH1 heading, left aligned, and type the following:"Journey Log # - Selected Habits of Mind - Myers Briggs/Specialization." Then, click onH2 heading, left aligned, and type the following:"Month & Day" Please refrain from using left aligned H1 headings unless it is to break up the journey log entries. If you have a video, please make sure you embed it.

How to Submit: When you are finished composing, click on "Share" at the top of the page and then click "Publish." make sure you have the hyperlink linked on the Quest Board (in the class folder). If you are editing (adding to the journey log), make sure you click on Share > Publish > Update Link. 

Some Tips

The extended name of this course is composing in digital environments. The Journey Log is about your journey and experience with technology each week. A good JL will feature images, videos, links to outside sources, and will truly engage with the habits of mind as a way of reflection. You should talk about failures, shortcomings, successes, and what you are learning about yourself and technology. Experiment, but don't just leave a large block of text in the middle of the screen. You can see the below examples for help.

Some Examples

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Final Journey Log Reflection

Now that you have reflected on the coursework, your raids, and the experience of the semester, it is time to reread all of your reflections and see how you have changed as a thinker, writer, and innovator. Please reflect on the following:

  • Reflect on the four most important Habits of Mind: 
    • Why are they important? How did they help you this semester? What will they continue to do for you in the future?
  • What did you like about the course? 
  • What do you think needs improvement?
  • Are you more ambitious or less apprehensive about using digital production software for projects or personal use?
  • What is your definition and understanding of Technical Writing? How do you see yourself using it in the future?
  • What is your overall experience with Tanked Presentation?

Bonus: Take the Myers Briggs test again and see if it has changed. What does this change (or consistency) say about you? 

This should be about 500 words, but remember to break up the text with headings, images, and videos. 

​Please put this at the very bottom of your Journey Log.