Initially I found commenting on my fellow classmates pitches slightly confronting as the topics they were discussing were not exactly areas in which I was familiar with or could really comment on too well. However, I thought they all really executed their ideas very well and all three of them made their pitch so clear that even I someone who was not very familiar with cosplay or indie game narrative could still comprehend. I found critiquing quite difficult for these three pitches I was reviewing as there was not much improvement to suggest at all! Each had great, clear structure and communicated their ideas very well.
One of the main points of focus I found myself repeating through each comment was suggestions for audience engagement. Although I came to the conclusion that there was no need for improvement I thought a main point of assistance or feedback I could give was ways for each student to find or develop an audience. For Serena, Lucy and Paige, I thought it would be very useful of them to all to either use existing audiences (Lucy and Paige both had media accounts running related to their topic) or to find audiences (suggested Serena use Reddit or word press sites) to engage with. They all seemed to be putting large amounts of effort into the content for their DA that I thought consideration for audience was the only part slightly lacking.
After reading each contextual blog, I tried to do my own research of each topic to see if I could find any research papers or websites that may assist each peer. Using google scholar and some key words used in each student’s pitch blog I was able to find an article or website for each student and provided them with a link to it to add as a suggestion to research or area to include in their DA. This I also found a little challenging as I wanted to provide information that did relate directly to their topic but for majority of t he topics they were pretty niche ideas and information was a little harder to find than for my own DA’s topic- yet I still did find one for each.
Conclusively, the experience of giving feedback to my fellow classmates did begin to seem a little confronting, not being familiar with their DA topics of interest, however when I did realise that this one factor was not the point of the task or not something that should get in the way of any feedback it all became a lot easier. The other students pitches also gave me a lot of insight and tactics I would like to implement into my own digital artefact, for example Lucy made a plan of action for the next few weeks, something that I think will definitely assist in time management and something I would like to make myself do as well. In future assessment/ task where giving feedback is needed I think I won’t be as confronted or held back by unfamiliar topics or giving constructive criticism- however for this task I found little to none to give as I thought they all did a really good job 🙂