Digital media has become a forefront for people to turn to in order to get their daily weather forecast. What if this digital media could also be used to help people learn about the atmosphere and meteorological phenomena? For my capstone project I will be using digital media and creating a weather blog. This weather blog will be informative and engage the public. This weather blog will be driven by viewer’s comments and suggestions. For example, if a person in the comments asks the difference between freezing rain, sleet, and hail the next blog post I will answer that question. I want this blog to be interactive between the readers and myself. In order for this interaction to happen I need to gain a following for my weather blog. To do this I will be making use of social media.
I will be utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share my blog. I will also be using the hashtag #WeatherwithHeather so that I can know if people are engaging with my weather blog. This hashtag can be used on all these social media sites. I will be posting to the blog on Thursdays. If I find this day to not draw in many people I will change the day of posting. When I publish a new post I will make sure to notify my viewers by posting the blog link on my social media. I will be on the blog frequently to read viewers comments and/or suggestions to make sure the interactive aspect of my blog is present. Being interactive with my audience is essential in getting people to learn about meteorology in a fun and different way!
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Besides producing the weekly weather blog, I will also be producing and delivering a paper that will assess my capstone project. This paper will look at various components including success and failures of the blog and any changes I could have made to make my blog better. Background research as well as any research I did while blogging will be tied into the paper. This paper will help bring my whole capstone project together.
So how does this weather blog relate to Interdisciplinary Studies? This project will be drawing from various elements and theories of Interdisciplinary Studies and be used in creating this weather blog. The blog follows the transdisciplinary approach in that this it involves academic and nonacademic participants and each have a stake on the outcome of how this blog will turn out. More importantly though the blog follows interdisciplinary in that the weather blog will be drawing from multiple disciplines and integrate them together in order answer the questions presented in the blog. To ensure that this integration is successful, it is important to know and understand the epistemology of each discipline. Having an understanding of these epistemologies as well as their strengths and limitations will help in answering questions asked by the audience. Multiple perspectives can be looked at and then integrated to create a comprehensive and fuller understanding of what is being asked on the blog. I have to be careful though when researching to be aware of disciplinary bias. Knowing the limitations of expertise, being self-aware, having intellectual courage, and having respect for different viewpoints are all important to keep in mind when I research background information as well as the information I will be researching weekly. Lastly, I will be making use of the Broad Model to integrate the different disciplines in my project. This model uses all disciplinary tools as well as creates common ground among the disciplines so integration becomes possible. I want to make sure that the various disciplines I will be using in my project come together in writing my weekly posts. This will be seen by taking meteorological concepts and talking about them in a way that everyone will be able to understand.
I will be drawing from various fields/disciplines for research to create and write my weather blog. The most obvious discipline involved with my project is earth science and more specifically meteorology. The main portion of research will be in the meteorology field since my blog is weather based. This field offers plentiful research for my weather blog.
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In order to keep on track with this project, I have created a timeline that I plan on sticking too to make sure I do not get behind. The following is my timeline:
Part of Project
When to have complete
|Literature Search||Begin research week of March 15th
-Have at least 9 sources found by March 31st
-Read two articles, bring in notes and fill out chart for class by April 2nd
-All research found and notes taken for all sources by April 7rd
|Project in Action||First blog post the week of April 5th.
-Posting on Thursdays so first blog post on 4/9/15.
-Have blog post written by Wednesday. Revise and review post Wednesday night
-New posting every Thursday evening (day is subject to change).
-Commenting and reply throughout the week.
|Project Paper||Start paper the week of April 13th
-Explain your project (what you did and why),tie your project to your major; tie your project to current research
-Have these portions written by April 26th
-Assess your project and conclusion
-Have these portions written by May 1st
-Finalize draft by May 3rd
-Draft is due May 5th
-Finish revisions by May 7th
-Post paper to blog by May 12th at 4:00 pm
|Project PPT Screencast||Begin working on screencast May 4th
-Have completed by Friday, May 8th
-Post screencast to blog by May 12th at 4:00 pm
|Project PPT Exam||Begin PowerPoint May 9th
-Have completed by May 10th
-Bring PPT to final on May 12th at 5:00 pm
I hope that this weather blog will spark the interest of the public to want to learn more about meteorology. I know many people are hesitant towards learning about different sciences because they can be complex. I plan on showing these people that science can be fun and not complicated. Specifically focusing on meteorology can introduce many to concepts and ideas they may have never heard about. I am looking forward to my first blog post in the coming weeks and showing others why meteorology is so interesting and exciting!
Repko, Allen. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. LA: Sage Publications, 2013.