Horseback Riding Benefits Children
In order to have the best project to present at the CSW, I made my project appealing to my audience, college students. It is appealing to college students because it has bright colors which makes it attractive to look at. I made a smaller version of a jump course for horses. I used an old shoe box to create the base of my project. When completing the base, I cut the shoe box to make it a flat piece of cardboard. To make this look like grass, I covered it with green construction paper and made the sides have fringes. Then, I created small jumps with pipe cleaners as the standards (the part that holds the poles up) which held up small pieces of construction paper (poles) with typed text written all over it. Each standard has a number attached to it, so my audience knows which way to go through the course. They could choose to interact with the jump course by taking the plastic horses through it while following the numbered jumps. At the top of the back part of the box, I have signs (clouds and sun) that indicate how therapeutic riding benefits cognitive, social emotional, and physical health. Each sign is a different color, and the color of the poles corresponds to the type of health that it represents. I clearly met the requirements for the CSW because this jump course incorporates my main points of research while making it interesting and creative.
When creating my project, I took the rhetorical appeals into consideration because I knew that it would make my argument stronger. I made sure to incorporate all of the rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos into my multimodal transformation project. In order to show ethos in my project, I put a QR code image on the back of the shoe box. This QR code links to all of my sources that I have used for my research, so if someone wanted to verify my facts, they could scan the QR code with their phone. Also, pathos is shown in this project because everyone feels some emotions when hearing about therapeutic animals. They will feel even more emotions when I include children with disabilities and horses. Pathos is also built into this project because my audience was excited to come see it. I used logos by keeping my project in an organized structure. This is shown by including numbers on each jump and coordinating the colors of the signs with the poles. Kairos is shown in my project because my audience will be more aware about the effects of therapeutic riding after reading all of my facts. Therapeutic riding matters because it could help someone that is not already aware of it.
The most important points to emphasize in my project are showcased in a larger font. The most important point is that horseback riding benefits children with disabilities by improving their cognitive, social emotional, and physical health. This is represented on the stuffed animal horse and the background (clouds and sun). Additionally, the points that are less important are in smaller fonts which are the facts on the jump poles. As you can see in the images, the poles are smaller in contrast to the clouds and sun which shows that the information on the clouds and sun are more important. I also used 3 different fonts for the poles, sun/clouds, and title in order to draw attention to the different parts of my project. I used repetition in my project by color coordinating each of my facts with the type of health they correspond to. For example, the jumps that have yellow poles correspond to the yellow sun of physical health because that fact has to do with physical health. The same goes as followed for the other colored poles and their cloud color. Furthermore, I used repetition with my word choice to make it clear that horseback riding has a positive effect on the health of children with disabilities. I used the word health a lot at the top of the boot box so it would stand out.
In order to arrange my project, I thought about what the most important points were and how I wanted my audience to view them. I made sure to include the title, “Horseback Riding Benefits Children with Disabilities’, in the center of the background because that was the title of my research paper and the point of researching my topic. This title had the largest font of all of my texts, and it was different than the others. Also, I included the clouds and sun at the top so they would pop out at my audience. I wanted them to know that horseback riding benefits the cognitive, social emotional, and physical health of children with disabilities. This way, even if they were just walking past my project, they could read it. By reading it, it spreads the awareness of therapeutic horseback riding benefits. Then, I had the facts on the jumps of the base of the box because they were less important than the title. These facts were proving my point that horseback riding benefits the cognitive, social emotional, and physical health of children with disabilities. I purposely made this font smaller and different from the title, so it would not stand out as much.
I chose this form of mediation because I thought that it showcased my research in a creative, while informative, way. This was the best way to show off my research because it incorporated a horseback riding related activity and facts. I decided to make the jump course because it gave me a way to incorporate many of the facts that I found throughout my research. My project was very visually appealing which made it a great way to attract my peers. It looks professionally polished because everything is typed, cut nicely, and organized. This makes my project very easy to read which was helpful to my audience. Everything was placed and done a specific way in order to make my project look the best that it could be. This was the hardest part of creating my project because I had to figure out a logical way to include my facts. Instead of organizing my facts in paragraphs, like the research paper, I used colors to keep them organized. This project gave me the opportunity to transform my research in a new way, which helped me accomplish the course outcome of multimodal design. I clearly composed using digital technologies which helped me understand that you can create many forms of visual information, but there are still things you can’t do with digital technology. I believe that the physical three-dimensional representation of my research was the best way to attract others, rather than creating a PowerPoint slideshow.
When reaching my audience through blogging, I have to compose my information differently than I did for the CSW because I can not physically talk to each person. I have to use my word choice more carefully because they can not see the excitement on my face and hear the emotion in my voice. That is one of the main focuses of the CSW that I really liked. It was fun to interact with my peers while teaching them about my topic. A lot of people were surprised to hear how much therapeutic riding can benefit children with disables and I expected that. I believe that my project did a great job of giving awareness about this topic. One thing that I did not like about the CSW is that many people were standing around, on their phones, and not interacting with the presenters. As a presenter, I found that to be frustrating because I would’ve liked to tell them about my project. If I could do this over, I would probably try to encourage them to come interact with the presenters more. Overall, I really enjoyed this opportunity to interact with my peers and share my research with them.