What does being a good critical friend mean to you? What do you expect or would you like from others? Assuming you’ve had meetings with at least two critical friends, comment on how the process went and the benefits you received.
A good critical friend constructively critiques. They give purposeful and useful feedback that can be applied to improve something, such as our Capstone Projects. I expect there are many suggestions cohort members can provide to improve my Capstone.
I expect that my cohort members will take the time to read what I wrote on my website and let me know if something doesn't make sense, something doesn't read clearly, or if there are grammatical errors. I also expect them to critique the fluidity and intuitiveness of the website.
I foresee that my critical study buddies will give me advice on how to improve the design of the website. I will seek feedback on the design of each page. I want each page to be critiqued from the user standpoint. I want them to view my website not from the perspective of a cohort member, but from the perspective of an educator interested in learning about digital storytelling.
I want my study buddy to ask themselves as they read through each website page:
1.)"Is the textual information explicit, interesting, succinct, approachable, useful, and meaningful?"
2.)"Are the graphics the right size and organized neatly? Does a page have to many graphics or does a page lack graphics? How can the graphics be reduced, deleted, or infused to improve the website page?"
3.) "How can the logo, slogan, and name of the Capstone be improved?"
4.) "Will my target audience find this website useful and informative?"
5.)" If you were my target audience would you use this website? How could it improve to be more useful?"
6.)"To improve the efficacy of the website, Is there any information that needs to be added or deleted?"
7.)"Any suggestions, comments, ideas, opinions, thoughts, doubts, or concerns are all welcomed!"
I don't expect my cohort buddies to be tech experts that will troubleshoot all my problems, however, I do expect them to help me troubleshoot if they know how to solve the problem.
I don't expect my critical critiquers to give me life changing advice that will take my Capstone website from being a graduate project to a billion dollar enterprise.
I critique my own work all the time. Sometimes I give myself suggestions, try them out, and realize I need to go back to the drawing board. I realize there will be some advice that will just make total sense and can be applied right away. Other advice may end up being more of a brainstorming idea rather than an obvious critique.
In the end, I expect the feedback process to be positive, friendly, helpful, and sincere. I expect nothing less from a cohort I know well enough to know that these expectations will be met.