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HCW improve the functional literacy of individuals in Tuscaloosa county?

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Natalie Wulf

3 years ago ·

Natalie Wulf

UpDaTe TiMe:

Whatup DFAers

So this week has been one for the books. Who knew 168 hours could feel like a lifetime?! From creating our prototype box and putting it to test at Whatley Health Clinic, to creating our project video, and balancing the demands of school and jobs, all the week before spring break has really put us to the test.

Regardless, this week has been a lot of fun! And we're happy to be able to share our video with everyone soon!

Some quick points of the week:
-collaborated to create the box
-delivered the box to Whatley Health Clinic
-observed the box being used
-made a rad Lit Link logo
-created an awesome video to share with everyone

3 years ago ·

Ben Jackson

3 years ago ·

Ben Jackson

Visitors, check out our project logo in the files section!

3 years ago ·

Natalie Wulf

This week has proved that the design process sure is cyclical...

As mentioned last week, we wanted to record children's books with the hopes that children and parents could read along together. Well, unfortunately, we completely didn't realize that this is a copyright infringement so, needless to say, we had to do some re-thinking. But this allowed us the opportunity to go over some minor details that we missed the first go around. And it allowed us to incorporate a new medium that we feel expands the future possibilities of our design. We decided to keep the recording of how to fill out a library card, and we are creating a few more "how to" audio or video recordings to a YOUTUBE channel :)) We feel that creating a centralized place for these recordings that can then be linked to existing websites will help with reaching a huge amount of people. And there are so many possibilities to grow the YouTube channel to include videos on so many more topics.

We realize that not everyone has access to the internet, so the other part to our design will be a sort of filing crate that we will station at various locations around Tuscaloosa. These locations will be places such as the Whatley Health Clinic, Tuscaloosa One Place, LOVE Inc., and other places that have already been established as places that those who could benefit from our recordings may already go. So while someone is waiting in line at the health clinic, they will be able to utilize our box. These boxes will have in them physical "how to" guidelines and graphics that will be presented as clear and simple as possible. Some ideas we have of different forms include a how to fill out a FAFSA, how to determine if something is unhealthy or not, how to fill out a library card form, and others. We will also guide them to our YouTube channel link in the box so that if they have access to the internet, they know where they can find additional resources.

Even though it felt like a major pothole in the road, having to rethink our design is actually making our design better.

Other things happening this week:
-We volunteered with the Tuscaloosa Public Library and got to interact with kids and parents in the community
-We're continuing to reach out to the community for connections and resources
-We're gathering more supplies and materials for our boxes
-We're meeting regularly to all stay up to date with the latest happenings

3 years ago ·

Natalie Wulf

3 years ago ·

Natalie Wulf

3 years ago ·

Natalie Wulf

Update Time!!

We have solidified our HCW statement: How Can We improve the functional literacy of individuals in Tuscaloosa County? We’re excited to partner with the community to help a cause that is sometimes overlooked and under the radar. Though there are so many facets of functional literacy that we'd love to address in Tuscaloosa, we wanted to keep the focus manageable, so we decided to make our main goal be getting people into the library by making it super simple to register for a library card.

Naturally, we plan to partner with the Tuscaloosa Public Library, and have had many enlightening conversations with those who work there, and who have made improving literacy their job. After listening to the different types of troubles facing those who are functionally illiterate, something that really struck a chord amongst our DFA group is that many parents struggle reading books to their kids because they are self conscious of the way that they sound. Understanding that illiteracy starts from childhood, it became important to design something to not only help stop the illiteracy cycle, but also something to make it easy for both the parents and their kids to learn together. With this in mind, we are creating audio recordings of some popular children’s books. Next week, we plan on testing some audio book prototypes with kids at the Tuscaloosa Public Library. We hope to get feedback to see where improvements can be made.

Here’s a rundown of some other things going on here:
-we divided into teams and have been meeting as small teams as well as all together
-we’re reaching out to places in the community (such as Tuscaloosa One Place, Whatley Health Clinic, etc.) to determine where we can station our simplified library card registration forms and how to audio instructions
-we’re gathering video equipment and general supplies
-we’re spreading the word on facebook/twitter/instagram

More updates to come soon!!

3 years ago ·

Emma Smith joined the project

3 years ago ·

Ben Jackson joined the project

3 years ago ·

Robert Calvey

1) What did we accomplish in the last week?
2) What will we accomplish in the next week?
3) What obstacles are impeding us from accomplishing our tasks?
4) What are the big decisions we are making right now?
5) What was a high point and a low point of the week?

3 years ago ·

Robert Calvey

3 years ago ·

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