Digital Artifact:

The second component of the Virtual Internship provides you the opportunity to make your project come to life by creating a digital artifact.

What Do I Need To Do?

You will need to design and create a digital artifact – an original multimedia creation posted online – that creatively shows how your project might exist in the real world.

Your digital artifact needs to be:

  • A combination of two or more of the following
    • Text
    • Image
    • Sound
    • Video
    • Links
  • Accessible online without requiring log-in credentials and/or a password to view the artifact
  • Accessible online for at least two weeks

Examples of items you could submit include:

  • Video
  • Animation
  • Website
  • Blog post
  • Social media campaign
  • Story/Poem/Song
  • Photo series
  • Comic strip
  • Mock newspaper article
  • Mock podcast interview/radio show
  • Mock training manual
  • Anything else creative you can think of!

How long/big should my digital artifact be? 

It depends on the format:

  • For text, it can be a maximum of 500 words
  • For video or audio, it should be no longer than 5 minutes
  • If your contribution is a mix of text and other modes, you will have to judge for yourself how much is enough, but do keep it brief.

How should I go about creating my digital artifact? 

We recommend following these three steps:

First, using your project design to guide you, think about the key facts or ideas you wish to convey by answering the following questions:

  1. What makes my Community Development Project special or stand out?
  2. What are its key strengths?

Second, you should consider format. Ideally the format is one that is best suited for your initiative, however due to the condensed time frame of the course, choosing a format that you are familiar is recommended

Third, in designing your submission, you should consider the following:

  1. Audience – Besides the peer reviewer, who is the imagined audience for your digital artifact?
    • If it is a video, does it have wide appeal?
    • If it is a training manual, does it contain sufficient details?
    • If it is a poster series, does it communicate effectively?
  • Message – Are you communicating effectively?
    • Are you focusing on a few, central messages, or are you trying to express too many ideas?
    • Are your messages pitched correctly for your audience?
    • Are your communications easy to understand?
  • Aesthetic – Is your digital artifact appealing?
    • Is your digital artifact attention-grabbing?
    • Is the design both respectful and responsible?
    • Does the design match your objectives?

There are many online tools you can use to create and/or publish your resource. Here are just a few ideas:

Youtube Free video hosting and sharing website; anyone can upload videos to be shared publicly.
Flickr Free photo/image and video hosting and sharing website.
Voicethread Online media sharing website (hosts images, documents, and videos).
Storify Users can create stories or timelines using social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
Pixton Website to create free comics with easy drag-and-drop features.
Issuu Web digital publishing platform with a free version for essential features.
Storybird Collaborative storytelling tool and community, where users use collections of art as elements to write their stories.
Weebly Web-hosting and building tool and service for non-techs, with a step-by-step process to create a website that anyone can use.
Animoto Video creation service for anyone to create and share videos using their own pictures, video clips, words, and music.
Prezi Cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas.
Wikispaces Web hosting service designed especially for educators. It offers a free version with basic features to the general public.
Ted-Ed Free educational website for teachers and learners that includes a video library with carefully curated educational videos that can easily be used as a basis to create a customized lesson.


How will I be assessed?

Digital Artifact

For this part of the assignment, you will submit a link to your digital artifact, and will be graded by and receive feedback from us.

These are the elements we will be considering when assessing your digital artifact(s):

  1. Relevance (5 points)
    • Your digital artifact should be centrally relevant to the problem you are redressing
  • Clarity (5 points)
    • Your digital artifact should clearly and thoroughly express your ideas
  • Credibility (5 points)
    • Your digital artifact should contain facts and statistics that are referenced to credible sources
  • Presentation (5 points)
    • Your digital artifact should be attention grabbing, respectful, and pitched correctly at the intended audience
  • Creativity (5 points)
    • Your digital artifact should demonstrate creativity in the usage of digital tools