The class will select six issues from the presentations and work in groups of four to produce multimedia proposals that offer a solution to the identified problem. The proposal will be cross-platform and address multiple audiences. First, the proposal should be directed to whomever is positioned to take the recommended action. For an on-campus problem that would probably be some university office. Second, the proposal should also reach out to a larger audience of individuals affected by this problem. On campus that might mean other students (and maybe UB employees too). In the community that might mean residents of a particular part of a town or city or a larger population.
As such, the proposal will include a web component that might address the larger audience (and include a variety of media) and a text/pdf document that would constitute a formal proposal to those who can take action.
Both components need to include the following information but would do so in different ways:
- a description of the problem
- primary and secondary research as applicable (to provide evidence about the problem and support the proposed solution)
- a description of the solution
- a process for how the solution might be deployed
- consideration of the costs (in labor and dollars) of the proposed action
The website might also include means by which community members can get involved and stay informed (e.g. a Facebook group page or Twitter account).
Criteria will be established by the class.