How to Comment on Artifacts

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How does your comment contribute in meaningful ways to further make sense of what the artifact is presenting?
Your comment adds insight

This sort of comment takes something from the artifact and related it to readings (or from what someone else has said) and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion.


Your comment is a question that proposes answers

This is not the “what is” factual type questions. The good question asks “why” and “how”  and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback.


There are six different thinking roles you will be playing when you comment on artifacts.  The thinking roles are identified with a colored symbolic “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and switching “hats,” you can easily focus your thoughts and comments about the artifact.

  1. The White Hat calls for information known or needed. “The facts, just the facts.”
  2. The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.
  3. The Black Hat is judgment – the devil’s advocate or why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused.
  4. The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates.
  5. The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It’s an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.
  6. The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process.















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