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ENGL439/539 Writing in Digital Spaces

Tuesdays, 7:10-9:50 in rm. BAL2019
Jan 7-May 3, 2012

Syllabus (PDF)

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 307 and computer literacy or permission of the instructor. This course offers writing practice in critical contemporary electronic writing environments, especially emphasizing Web-based compositions. Readings and discussions provide a history of electronic writing, the Internet, and hypertext theory. Students should expect to construct a variety of Web sites and engage in theoretical discourse around the sites they are building. Specifically, students will spend time composing websites with raw HTML code, WordPress Blogs, as well as using applications like DreamWeaver to develop more robust websites utilizing Cascading Style Sheets. Significant time will also be spent in discussions of various legal issues associated with digital writing, especially those associated with copyright and accessibility.
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Course Outcomes

After participating in this course, students shall have improved upon the following skills:
  • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
    • Use image editing software
    • Use video editing software
    • Construct basic hypertext websites
  • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments
  • Summarize and compare mulitmedia scholarship and theory
adapted from NCTE's Definition of 21st Century Literacies  

Required Materials

  • Austin, Tricia, & Doust, Richard. (2007). New Media Design. London: Laurence King Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-85669-431-5.
  • Wardrip-Fruin, Noah & Montfort, Nick. (Eds.). (2003). The New Media Reader. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0-262-23227-2.

Assignment Distribution

  • Image Project* 10%
  • Hypertext Project* 10%
  • Video Project* 10%
  • Course Portfolio* 10%
  • Major Multimedia Project* 15%
  • Attendance, Participation and “other” Homework (including the Technology Resource Wiki Page assignment for 500 level students) 25%
  • Reading, Thinking & Reflecting Posts 20%
  • TOTAL 100%
*You must submit “final” versions of all major projects to pass the class.

Recent Announcements

  • FYI: Make a video, win an iPad2 ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE To enter:1. Make a creative video (5 min max) answering the question, “What technology skills will help you be successful in your academic and professional career ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2012, 9:00 AM by Rochelle Rodrigo
  • Updated Grading Policies Section of the Syllabus This is an official announcement affecting course grades. I took out the final individual project and split the 15% of that project over the Image, Hypertext & Video projects. Assignment Distribution ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2012, 7:23 AM by Rochelle Rodrigo
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Updated Schedule

  • Due: April 17, 2012 Due: 4/17The regular class period will be an open lab. You can come to do your work, or you can just be sure to complete all the work ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2012, 4:27 AM by Rochelle Rodrigo
  • Wrapping Up the Semester Due: 4/10read: NMR Part 3, 2 chapters"read" about C.R.A.P Design (read/skim 3-4 of the following): videosC.R.A.P.- Basic Layout ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2012, 11:12 AM by Rochelle Rodrigo
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Lesson Plans

  • April 10, 2012 introduce Portfolio Projectwork on mindmapselect and outline outcomes/goalsadd projects and other course workadd readingsplay w/WP in class, think CRAPThemesLayoutWidgetsPost ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2012, 4:28 AM by Rochelle Rodrigo
  • April 3, 2012 NMR: Write, Pair, ShareCourse Learning: Mindmap (Mindomo or Popplet)course objectives (based on Definition of 21st Century Literacies)Habits of MindParticipatory Culture Skills (page 4)Submit: Video Project ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2012, 2:27 PM by Rochelle Rodrigo
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Jan 8, 2012, 1:01 PM