The Hero’s Journey Final Project

Wk 10 Media 195 The Hero’s Journey Project

 

Wk 10 Media 195 My Tour of The Hero’s Journey Project

I took a break from finals to see if my connection would allow me to look around The Hero’s Journey Project. Luckily it did and our Professor kindly offered me a tour! The work that has been put into The Hero’s Journey Project is amazing! Congratulations to Professor Brock and all the students who have worked to build this Phenomenal virtual reality, transmedia experience!

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Used the Style Guide for The Hero’s Journey for your infographic and chose the best form to deliver data visually.

For my Hero’s Journey Step Nine infographic I used the provided Header and Footer Graphic and used the provided color scheme to create a coherent look that coordinates with the overall project. I included the Keys to Success in my infographic and tried to convey the feeling that the Keys to Success opened the pirate’s treasure chest which holds the reward.

Keeping with the Hero’s Journey Project theme I situated my infographic in a forest with gold and gold nuggets on the ground around the pirate chest/reward. I placed a graduation cap and diploma inside the pirate chest to depict that graduating was the reward. Two piles of gold in my infographic visualize the difference in yearly income between a high school graduate and an associate degree graduate.

A pirate hat hanging on the lid of the treasure chest is significant as it emphasizes the fact the hero has completed their journey as a (Peninsula College Pirate) student and it’s now time for the hero to start their journey back to the ordinary world.

I included a road leading from the forest to the top of a hill and a bright light in the distance to show the hero’s journey is not yet complete and there is more to look forward to ahead. There is still adventure ahead for the hero who must find the path back to the ordinary world and share their new-found knowledge with others.

Researched data… how will this content relate to the virtual content?

I included info on the difference in income between a high school graduate and someone who attains an associate degree. I also located a link on the college website that can assist students in locating work. The income information may encourage students to choose the college path and graduation. The college website link can help students locate work and begin their journey back to the ordinary world and a career.

Applied storytelling techniques to your step and connected with other steps.

I conveyed The Hero’s Journey Project story with my infographic by depicting that arriving at step nine the hero had found their reward. I tried to convey that the hero must now change their focus from student to returning to the ordinary world by hanging the pirate hat (representing the Peninsula Pirates) on the treasure chest. The road back to the ordinary world continues the story to the next step by letting the hero know that their journey is not over and there is still more adventure on the road ahead.

Produced an Online Project Management Blog

My “Hero’s Journey Project” Page is listed in the sidebar menu of my blog for easy reference and includes all updates to my Hero’s Journey Project assignments.

Communicated with classmates and stakeholders through discussions online and on campus.

As an online student, I communicated with classmates through online class discussions and with my stakeholder through email. Although I did not receive a response from my stakeholder, I was able to locate relevant information which I included in my infographic.

 

 

STEP NINE – THE REWARD

Wk 9 Media 195

I believe I have met the needs and requirements of the Hero’s Journey Project thus far. I plan to include the Keys to success in the final version of my infographic and would also like to include more real world links to useful information.

Below is my concept for the step nine Hero’s Journey Project infographic as well as a compilation of my posts and ideas regarding the Hero’s Journey Project.

My concept for The Hero’s Journey Project Step 9 Infographic

 

 

Keys to Success

Wk 7 Media 195 Quest “The Hero’s Journey Keys for Success”

Keys for Success… What do the keys unlock? What is inside the treasure chest?

Keys for success unlock treasure chests along the path of Hero’s Journey. Inside each treasure chest opened by the keys is the inner potential that can be found within each person taking the Hero’s Journey. The quality that each key represents is a vital component that assists the hero as he completes his journey and finally realizes success.

In the Hero’s Journey step nine example infographic (shown in the Media 195 lesson plan) the keys shown are resilience, responsibility, and adaptability. I believe these are excellent keys for success at step nine, which is the “reward” step of the Hero’s Journey.

Being able to adapt is important for making your way through any imaginable situation that may occur in life, even after you have achieved your reward. The ability to adapt can make life easier in all circumstances. I think a chameleon would be an appropriate symbol inside the treasure chest that opens with the adaptability key.

Being responsible is also important at the reward step of the Hero’s Journey. Once you have achieved your reward having the responsibility to make the most of your reward is crucial. Without responsibility, nothing would come of the reward that has been achieved. Inside the treasure chest that opens with the responsibility key I think a briefcase or other work icon might represent a responsibility for work, but also a family icon could represent important responsibility as well.

Resilience is an indispensable quality. After step nine where the Hero receives their reward, there will still be times ahead that are extremely difficult and challenging. It is vital to have the resilience to overcome difficult times and continue the Hero’s Journey. I think the treasure chest opened with the key to resilience might be filled with English Ivy (Hedera) as it is a tough plant to kill and often continues to grow even when gardeners attempt to remove it. It can also be trained into many whimsical shapes in topiaries.

 

 

Review of Brainstorming and Keys to Success

Wk 7 Media 195 Essay

There were lots of creative brainstorming suggestions for step nine of the Hero’s Journey for the week 6 assignment. A repeated theme of the responses posted seemed to center around a reward of a golden graduation cap and scroll. I think this idea could work perfectly with my current infographic concept.

In my Hero’s Journey step nine infographic, I placed a graduation cap and scroll inside a pirate’s treasure chest to portray the hero’s reward. I think it would be more obvious that the reward of knowledge and completing college (represented by the graduation cap and certificate) is a treasure if I were to make the graduation cap and scroll a golden color.

Another brainstorming idea that was contributed involved planting apple trees as part of step nine to Hero’s Journey. I like the idea of including apples in step nine of the Hero’s Journey to represent knowledge. I think placing a few golden apples in or around the treasure chest would help to visually portray that knowledge is the real treasure aka the reward for completing college.

Keys for Success… What do the keys unlock? What is inside the treasure chest?

The Hero’s Journey Keys for success unlock a treasure which is the inner potential that can be found within each person.

In the Hero’s Journey step nine example infographic (shown in the Media 195 lesson plan) the keys shown are resilience, responsibility, and adaptability. I believe these are excellent keys for success at this point of the Hero’s Journey.

Being able to adapt is important for making your way through any imaginable situation that may occur in life, even after you have achieved your reward. The ability to adapt can make life easier in all circumstances.

Being responsible is also an important quality for the step nine reward stage of the Hero’s Journey. Once you have achieved your reward having the responsibility to make the most of your reward is crucial. Without responsibility, nothing would come of the reward that has been achieved.

Resilience is an indispensable quality. After step nine where the Hero receives their reward, there will still be times ahead that are extremely difficult and challenging. It’s vital to have the resilience to overcome difficult times and continue the Hero’s Journey.

 

Digital Storytelling Project Midterm Report

Wk6 Mid Term Project Management Blog Post – The Hero’s Journey Step 9

Week 6 Mid Term Project Management Blog Post contains two sections.

Section one is brainstorming ideas for each stage of The Heros Journey Project.

Section Two contains my report on Step 9 of The Hero’s Journey Project and my vision for infographics pertaining to this step of The Hero’s Journey.

Mid Term Part One

The first portion of the week 6 Mid Term assignment was to brainstorm ideas for the 12 steps of the Hero’s Journey Project. Below are concepts I came up with for each of the 12 steps.

  1. Ordinary World: Possibly have a “trail of a few gems” visible in the path that the participant can pick up. When the participant picks up each gem, they receive a message that encourages the participant to continue down the path to find the real treasure at the end of the journey. Also, include inspirational quotes that encourage the participant to accept the adventure.
  2. Call to Adventure: Provide an infographic with data that outlines the benefits of attending college versus not attending college. (Ideas 1 and 2 could be switched as well)
  3. Refusal of Adventure: Possibly have birds, butterflies or other animals in the forest that when hovered over offer encouragement to the participant to continue down the path to their dream and not give up. A sign with a Link to http://pencol.edu/GetStarted to help encourage them.
  4. Meeting Mentor: Have some of the apples contain a special gem to represent extraordinary mentors who inspire the participant to continue to even greater achievements. When they pick these apples, the apple could glow, or sparkle and an inspirational quote could appear.
  5. Crossing the First Threshold: Possibly make the portal look like a mirror. The mirror could reflect what the participant looks like now but passing through the mirror could represent leaving their old self behind and finding a new enlightened self ahead.
  6. Test Allies and enemies: Links to student support groups that can provide strength and community. Perhaps hovering over some wolves reveal they are not friendly or supportive and hovering over other wolves reveal kindness, encouragement, and inspiration and also reveal suggested Pen Col groups they could join.
  7. Adaptation and Approach: Provide a downloadable list of student resources and counseling and a sign that contains links to helpful resources.
  8. Ordeal: Once participants enter the cave if the wall closed behind them it would create the feeling of being trapped with no way out. As the wall closes the light can dim to reveal a small glow from a book. Maybe some helpful links and a little object, butterfly, etc. that offers encouragement.
  9. Reward: Sparkling confetti and a disco ball to celebrate achievements! A bowl of fortune cookies. Choose a cookie to get a reward such as a trophy, ribbon, or crown, etc.
  10. The Road Back: Inspirational quotes hidden along the way encouraging the participant to have the tenacity to complete their journey and find a way to use their new skills.
  11. The Resurrection Hero: Provide the participant with a “glow” that can be attached to their avatar to represent enlightenment.
  12. Return with the Elixir: Provide outside resources and links for job hunting, resumes tips, and other work resources. Perhaps provide downloads for resume templates. Inspirational quotes encouraging the participant to share their skills to help others.

Mid Term Part Two

The second part of my week 6 Mid Term assignment was to research Step 9 of The Hero’s Journey Project – The Reward – and to decide the best way to present New Student Orientation Infographics and visualization for this step of The Hero’s Journey Project.

Step 9 of The Hero’s Journey is typically described as follows. “After surviving death or great ordeals, the hero earns their reward or accomplishes their goal.”

Step 9 has been interpreted in countless scenarios in fables and fiction. Perhaps you recall your favorite scene in which the hero has survived death, has beaten the odds, or overcome defeat and accomplished their objective? The hero and the fans rooting for her can, at last, celebrate her well-earned victory.

The hero now possesses the treasure she began her quest for. She has won her Reward. The reward might be a magical sword, an elixir or even hidden knowledge. Whatever the reason the Hero began their journey, they have now obtained what they set out to do.

One well-known example of step 9 of The Hero’s Journey is Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy has overcome the odds and great adversity and has gained the hidden insight that only she can give herself the ability to go back home and be happy.

One might think the story would end here. The hero and everyone who was rooting for her are celebrating the fact that she has won the prize, but the hero’s journey is not complete yet. The hero must now return to their ordinary life and share their new-found knowledge or their reward with others.

At step 9 the hero still has additional adventures and adversity to encounter on their return trip to ordinary life where they will make use of their prize.

My infographic for the Hero’s Journey Project was required to follow the style guide of the current Project. This includes a format and color palette for the infographic as well as the fact that the Hero’s Journey Project centers around a forest and pirate theme.

My concept for step 9 infographic is a pirate chest filled with gold and jewels which represents the reward for the journey through college. I visualized the pirate’s chest in the forest with gold nuggets scattered around the forest floor. I also wanted to show bright sunlight as well as the treasure glowing to represent enlightenment or new-found knowledge.

To represent the student’s accomplishment of obtaining knowledge and winning their quest by graduating I included a cap and graduation certificate on top of the treasure inside the chest.

As an additional visual to acknowledge the student has completed their quest for a degree in the Peninsula College program, I hung a pirate hat on the corner of the treasure chest lid.

I felt a pirate hat hung on the treasure chest lid was significant as it would visually portray the fact that the student has completed their journey through Peninsula College and it is time for them to leave behind their role as a college student and begin their journey back to the ordinary world to find their place and share their knowledge.

I included a roadway in the distance leading to the sun above the mountain to signify the student still has additional journey and adventure ahead of them to complete their path back to normal life and find their new place in the ordinary world.

I placed a link to Peninsula Colleges Student Job assistance at the bottom of the infographic to provide students a real-world link that can assist them with their journey back to ordinary life and a place to look for ways to implement their new-found skills.

I’ll continue developing my concept and infographic for step nine of The Hero’s Journey project. I’d like to improve the overall look of my infographic and give it a more professional style. I’d also like to include more real-world assistance links to help students find ways to use their new skills in the “ordinary world” as well as including inspirational links to provide students with encouragement and real-world support for their journey back to their new life.

 

 

The Hero’s Journey Digital Storytelling Project

Wk 6 Media 195 Essay  The Hero’s Journey Project

What if there were a virtual world where you could find encouragement, answers, and guidance for your college journey? Take a virtual stroll through Peninsula College Hero’s Journey Project…

The premise of The Hero’s Journey Project is to encourage individuals to unlock their potential through college education, opportunity, and achievement. The Hero’s Journey takes participants on a quest for enlightenment and engages them in a parallel 3D virtual world that reflects the real-world college journey through an interactive Second Life adventure.

What could be better than that? How about a virtual world theme centered around a forest and pirates as a nod to Peninsula Colleges location and the PC Pirates.

The Hero’s Journey Project not only entertains, but it also teaches, informs and encourages participants to choose the college journey, to overcome obstacles, and to achieve their highest potential.  As if these virtues weren’t enough, The Hero’s Journey also provides an outlet for college multimedia students to showcase their skills and talents.

The Hero’s journey audience spans the gamut of college attendees and their situations. This virtual adventure acknowledges not only the diverse ages of modern-day college students but also the many life stages and situations that compel students to attend college. Combine these facts with the student’s ability to design their own Second Life avatar and control their own outcomes on their virtual journey and you have a magical experience where students learn, grow, and find encouragement in a compelling, interactive transmedia environment.

The Hero’s Journey is an evergreen, virtual project continually enriched by the contributions of students who journey through the program and eventually become mentors encouraging new students who are entering college and the multimedia program.

Once the student finds their way to the journeys end they’re greeted with enlightenment and reward. Just as in the real world it’s time for the student to return to the ordinary world, find their place and begin a new adventure using their newfound skills to help others.