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  • Stage 1:
    • Understanding how the course works
    • This course centers on you researching and creating an original academic idea concerning your loved narratives.
    • If it's Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy, it'll do.
    • Topics can be from many different narrative sources:
      • comics
      • graphic novels
      • novels
      • animated films and series
      • TV shows
      • films
      • novels
      • videos games
  • Stage 2:
    • Mining ideas from sources on the weboverse.
    • Explore an entire universe of ideas and concepts outside the more simplistic expressions of youtube and twitter.
    • Part of this stage is learning how to differentiate the academic-idea built articles from the pedestrian, parasitical passages on social media/youtube and in sensationalist magazines.
  • Stage 3:
    • How to keep track of those sources
    • Ebbinghaus proved that we will forget 75% of what we learned just one week later.
    • We all need a method to better remember the various sources supporting our research.
  • Stage 4:
    • Slamming ideas and narratives together to forge a new concept
    • This is where it's at; founding a new, original, never-heard-of idea concerning your loved narratives.
  • Stage 5:
    • Spelunking databases to find academic sources
    • Deeper and more unheard of than academically built popular written ideas are peer reviewed journal articles, where academics talk to like-minded academics about their research.
    • You are about to "meet" academics who spend their lives, their careers, talking about that very thing you love.
  • Stage 6:
    • Writing a 300 word abstract of your new concept/idea
    • This is the big writing in the course.
    • One page, double spaced.
    • A concise discussion of your overall new idea and sub-points.
  • Stage 7:
    • Learning layout/design to create a new poster
    • This is the way...of the digital world.
    • If it looks bad, people will think it is bad, from power points to websites.
    • At this stage, you'll learn how to speak visually
  • Stage 8:
    • Over three weeks, babbling each week (speaking) for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, then 15 minutes on your idea
    • There's plenty of research revealing that public speaking is people's worst fear.
    • This ain't that.
    • It's not public speaking when its a topic you love and the audience seeks out YOU because they WANT to hear what YOU have to say.


Optional: Spring Term

  • Stage 9:
    • Attending FURC in February
    • Two days at UCF; one hour of discussing your poster to passers-by.
  • Stage 10:
    • Presenting at PCA in April
    • Travel to Seattle and present your idea to a room of people who love your topic too.
  • Stage 11:
    • Writing the idea as an academic article in the Summer
    • Preparing for upper division (Bachelors) work and for graduate school work.