This prompt is the first original assignment that I created, and this week was the perfect opportunity to do so. Since we had to complete five stars of web assignments, and there are few that lend themselves to sharing the formation of Black Widow Agency and how it operates, I developed one that requires the creation of an email newsletter. I figured this would be a perfect way to go. However, I wasn’t sure how to submit it to the ds106 Assignment Bank, so I asked another girl in my class, Kendall (I can’t remember her last name), to submit it for me under her name. She was kind enough to oblige and even added a sentence at the end to give me credit. I named the assignment, “Email! Email! Read All About It!” ,and the prompt I developed states:
For this assignment, use the website Vertical Response to create an email newsletter for a fictional agency, company, organization, etc. After you sign up for a free account, Vertical Response allows you to choose from newsletter templates, into which you can insert text and images. You may tell the story of how your entity formed, give background information on the members/employees, and/or provide viewers with current happenings. Once completed, send it to at least 5 people in the DS106 community, so they may share your exciting news! Since there is no shared embedding link for this website, please screenshot or take a photo of the printed newsletter (hard copy), in order to share it on flickr and in your blog post. The idea for this assignment was developed by Julia James.
I valued this assignment at 3 points.
As per my own instructions, I chose a template from the Vertical Response website, for a newsletter, to announce the formation of Black Widow Agency. I decided to use it to give background information about the members of BWA, including myself. I emailed the finished product to the three other members of our agency (Edie, Sylvia, and Margaret), Professor Jim Groom, and Kendall. I even added a link to our Twitter account, on the email, so the recipients may follow us. Since my newsletter was too long to screenshot, I merely printed it out and took a photo of it with my iPhone, in order to post on flickr.
I really hope that many people complete this assignment, because I worked hard to create it. Plus, is there a better way to announce the formation of an entity?! I think not!
Jewel out. <3