Visualize an Online Knowledge Network

200 points


For this brief (8 minutes or so; 10 slides or so) slideshow, create a presentation about the knowledge network you curated your corpus from. Presentation where you:

  • walk us through your process (what you were trying to discover, what you were able to discover, how you were able to discover it)
  • provide some sort of computational analytical treatment (thematic analysis, information extraction, information retrieval, or topic modeling), provide a visualization of that knowledge network analysis
  • provide professional/academic implications for that discovery about how knowledge is constructed within the knowledge network.
  • provide us with a handout summarizes your visualization and implications.

Please note: 50 points of this assignment are gained from turning in a complete first draft for peer review.

Getting Started

Engage in multiple forms of computational analysis of your corpus. Discover multiple patterns of meaning making through the computational means. Pick one or two exceptional examples that represent the large scale pattern that you are seeing within your corpus. Pick a data visualization that represents your findings and addresses your research question. After you’ve gathered the materials, you’ll spend some time reviewing them and then generate a rhetorical analysis of the materials.

Sadly, we don’t have time to focus athletics, visual rhetoric, or information visualization.
If these terms are new to you, you might want to look at James Kalbach’s Chapter 2 “Fundamentals of mapping experiences” to think about visualization and data with this project.

Developing Your Slideshow Analysis

This slideshow should address:

  1. The organization. You might want to write about why you chose it, what their mission is, what they do, how they work, who they serve, etc.
  2. The analysis. Address your analysis of the audience to which they are writing, the context in which they are writing, and the purpose for which they are writing.
  3. The conclusions. Provide some summary analysis and conclusions. So what did you find? What did you learn? What are the implications of what you found for the knowledge network community?


  1. A presentation outlining your understanding and approach to the project:
    • title
    • problem or issue studied
    • research method
    • data collected
    • research findings
      • visualization
      • in depth examples from visualization
    • implications
    • conclusions
  2. a single page hard copy handout that contains summary, visualization, and findings


  • Embodied presentation
  • Google slides and docs with comments enabled
  • Hard copy of handout for presentation


  • Gslides, varies
  • hardcopies for class, one page for each class member


  • Gslides link
  • Gdocs link to handout

Response Rubric