Welcome to the SloMoCo Manifold! If you are an author, artist, presenter, instructor, or student, this page will help demystify essential concepts and practice for publishing your work using our Manifold instance. If you're not a SloMoCo creator but are just ingesting SloMoCo nourishment, you may look over the "Reading Manifold Texts" documentation.) Where convenient, we will also point to the Manifold Documentation, which is succinct and thorough. Manifold takes a little getting used to, but you've seen how others are using it or try your hand at staging your own project, we're sure you'll like it.
The first step for all SloMoCo adventurers is to create an account. Right now we don't have an OAuth configured, so you'll need to make an account with your email address. SloMoCo will need to grant your user account backend access to the project page (We're coming up with an easy way to streamline this when we onboard users in the Spring).
Your Manifold Project
You (and your project collaborators) will have write access to a project page. The project is both a) a proceeding entry and long-term record in the SloMoCo archive and b) the site where other SloMoCo'ers will interact with your project throughout the duration. Your user privileges will be set to project creator, which means this is your space to customize and use as you like. You can populate the "General" tab of your project with a title, description, icon, and other descriptive and customizable elements. This is also the place where you can make your project publish, by toggling draft mode to "off."
You can add direct collaborators to your project in the Access section, granting them editor permission. If there are people you'd like to acknowledge as a collaborator who does not need editor permissions on your project, you can add them in the "People" section.
One can forefront media in Manifold, but it's important to consider it is built around digital texts. To that end, we encourage you to consider adding a text element to your work even if they are practice works, courses, or microresidencies. Because Manifold produces beautiful ePubs that allow for other SloMoCo readers to make annotations and other social functions, one cannot simply upload a PDF or WordDoc. However it's fairly straight forward to submit your texts. You can add texts in the form of .html, .epub, .md (markdown), .docx, and a url of a google doc. This Link includes more information about file types and a broad overview of uploading texts to your project. If you have any issues with Manifold, feel free to reach out to us on Discord in the "Manifold" server.
Everything else that goes along with your project that you don't need the SloMoCo community to be able to annotate, make comments on, and otherwise interact with can be uploaded as a resource.
There’s lots that can be done with a project and we encourage folks to explore all of it. Here are some of them:
- Stylize your project page with a header image as well as a project thumbnail
- Associate the project with a twitter hashtag; Manifold will fetch tweets with that hashtag and display them on the project page
- Store relevant media or text as a resource, even make a resource collection.
- Design a “hero block”, a main header. You can create buttons here that link directly to media resources you’ve uploaded.
Notes for SloMoCo Course instructors
Manifold Features for SloMoCo courses explained
First, you as an instructor can have a project page for your course, which might bring together your syllabus, resources, and even learning modules and other materials. Of course, there are other platforms that host these materials for your own posterity; we are interested in how the Manifold can be a site for MOCO instructors to share.
You will have editor privileges, which will allow you to create projects for students. If your course features guests, it may be interesting to record those encounters as projects as well (with a reading list, code, media) and a recording of the event.
Your course is organized as a “project collection.” Collections are an easy way to view all the course’s projects at the same time. You can also customize your Course project collection in many ways, like by linking a social media hashtag, uploading header image, and customizing other visual elements.
For instructors, there are several ways you can use Manifold.
Possible SloMoCo Course offerings
We imagine many different ways to bring your course and teaching practice into SloMoCo. Here are a few:
You can use Manifold to host and index your students' outcomes (final projects, papers, solo or group activities). Since Manifold is built for iteration, we recommend requiring your students to submit at least once draft before finalizing their project. That will allow you and your students to take advantage of Manifold features that encourage feedback, critique, and affirmation (see annotation and reading group features). We envision this as engaging with SloMoCo's general exploration of peer review in learning and knowledge-production ecologies.
Guest Lectures + Events
Instructors could host video or audio recordings of guest lectures and presentations as projects. Students can be assigned to comment on these projects as part of there course participation. As well, future SloMoCo course instructors could use these recordings as events for students.
Interactive or Collaborative Engagements with other SloMoCo courses
Some SloMoCo instructors have proposed novel forms of inter-institutional collaboration scaffolded by SloMoCo:
- Data exchanges (from motion capture systems, interactive spaces, etc.)
- Paired classes or Projects
- symposia that bring presentations from different courses together