Schedule

Abbreviations

In the list of readings below, I will use the following abbreviations for the course texts.

  • AT: Sherry Turkle. Alone Together. Basic Books, 2011.  (access digital copy via WVU Libraries)
  • HTW: Alred, Brusaw, & Oliu (2012). Handbook of Technical Writing. 10th Edition. Bedford/St. Martin’s.
  • MM: Matthew MacDonald. WordPress: The Missing Manual. 2nd ed. O’Reilly, 2014.
  • NET: Howard Rheingold. Net Smart. MIT Press, 2012. (access digital copy via WVU Libraries)
  • W/D: Kristin L. Arola, Jennifer Sheppard, & Cheryl E. Ball. Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014.

Unit 1: Personal Website, part 1

Unit goals: Create a personal website using the WordPress platform; successfully post to the course forums; successfully participate in hangout with instructor; understand and be able to relate basic concepts related to multimodal communication.

Date

Topic/Readings

Assignments

1/12 Topic: Course Introduction

Readings: Course syllabus: Description and Requirements, Policies, Assignments, and Schedule.

1/14 Topic: What is multimedia?

Readings:

  • W/D: Ch. 1, What Are Multimodal Projects?
  • MM: Introduction (skim to get an idea of the outline of the book), Ch. 1: The WordPress Landscape, Ch. 2: Signing up with WordPress.com (skim); Ch. 4: Creating Posts
Complete one of the “Process!” activities on p. 9 and p. 11 of W/D. Bring a copy of your answers to the questions to class and be prepared to share your answers with your classmates.
1/15 Last day to register, add new courses, make section changes, change pass/fail, and audit
1/18 Martin Luther King’s Birthday Recess
1/19 Topic: How do the digital technologies affect our thinking & communication? & Creating a website in WP

Readings: 

  • NET: Introduction: Why You Need Digital Know-How—Why We All Need It
  • HTW: Five Steps to Successful Writing (pp. xv-xxii), BrainstormingOutliningProofreading, and Purpose
Complete the “write/design assignment” on p. 19 of W/D and be prepared to share your answers with the class.
1/21 Topic: Peer review How do the digital technologies affect our thinking & communication? & Creating a website in WP

Readings:

  • NET: Introduction: Why You Need Digital Know-How—Why We All Need It
  • HTW: Five Steps to Successful Writing (pp. xv-xxii), Brainstorming, Outlining, Proofreading, and Purpose
  • MM: Chs. 5-7, (skim for information for creating pages on WP, managing menus and site structure, and advanced posting)
Personal Website peer review Complete the “write/design assignment” on p. 19 of W/D and be prepared to share your answers with the class.
1/26 Topic: Peer review & How do digital technologies affect our thinking and communication? & Creating a website in WP, cont.

Readings: 

  • AT: Introduction
  • MM: Ch 10, Adding Picture Galleries, Video, and Music
Personal Website peer review
1/28 Topic: NA

Your personal websites are due before 10 a.m. To submit this assignment, email a link to your site to me at john [dot] jones [at] mail [dot] wvu [dot] edu

The first submission of your personal website is due before 10 a.m.

Unit 2: Multimodal Analysis

Unit goals: Understand and be able to relate concepts such as the rhetorical situation and design features of multimodal texts; successfully collaborate with classmates in small groups by meeting deadlines and providing constructive feedback on projects; cite sources in multimodal texts so that readers are able to identify and verify those sources and the information you obtain from them; develop a revision process that allows you to integrate constructive feedback from your peers into your work

Date

TOPIC/READINGS

Assignments

2/2 Topic: Rhetorical analysis

Readings:

  • W/D: Ch. 2, Analyzing Multimodal Projects
  • HTW: Read the Methods of Development section of HTW along with all the sub-points listed under it in the “Organization, Writing, and Revision” section on the inside front cover.
2/4 Topic: Attention

Readings:

  • AT: Chs. 8-9
  • NET: Ch. 1, Attention! Why and How to Control Your Mind’s Most Powerful Instrument
2/9 Topic: Thinking about audience and multimodal communication

Readings:

  • W/D: Ch. 3, Choosing a Genre and Pitching Your Project
Identify a potential series of multimodal texts for your analysis and be prepared to share them with the class along with some brief notes on your potential analysis
2/11 Topic: Evaluating (online) information

Readings: 

  • NET: Ch. 2, Crap Detection 101
  • W/D: Ch. 4, Working with Multimodal Sources and pp. 112-113
  • AT: Chs. 10–11
2/16 Topic: Peer review

Readings: NA

Bring copy of multimodal analysis to class for peer review
2/18 Topic: The digital and the social

Readings: 

  • NET: Ch. 4, Social-Digital Know-How
  • AT: Chs. 12-13
2/23 Topic: mindful or mindless

Readings: 

  • NET: Ch. 6, How (Using) the Web (Mindfully) Can Make You Smarter
  • MM: Chs. 8, 12
2/25 Topic: Introduction to Book Chapter remix assignment

Readings: NA

Multimodal analysis due (follow submission instructions here)
2/26 Mid-semester

Unit 3: Book Chapter Remix

Unit goals: Understand the process for designing, drafting, and revising complex multimodal projects and apply this process to the creation of a video; apply principles of genre and rhetorical purpose to audio/visual media; successfully cite sources in manner appropriate to audiovisual media.

Date

TOPIC/READINGS

Assignments

3/1 Topic: Introduction to video creation

Readings:

  • Windows users can use Windows Movie Maker: Work through the entire page as well as all of the pages below the “Learn more about Windows Movie Maker” heading
  • Mac users can use Imovie: Read the following sections, making sure to click through all of the drop-down menus: “Import video,” “Browse and organize the library,” “Create movies,” and “Share video clips and projects.”
Following the instructions on pp. 96-99 of W/D, make a Storyboard that addresses all the requirements for the “Hello, World” video. (Be sure that it contains information on accessing the sources you will use.) Bring headphones to class for video editing.
3/3 Topic: Collaboration and team structure

Readings: W/D: Ch. 5, Assembling Your Technologies and Your Team

 Team contracts due (follow instructions on p. 86 of W/D)
3/8 Topic: Video styles and planning your video

Readings: W/D: Ch. 6, Designing Your Project

Find an example of a video that you find stylistically compelling and be prepared to share it with the class
3/10 Topic: Peer review of storyboards

Readings: NA

Bring storyboard to class for peer review
3/15 Topic: Revision

Readings: W/D: Ch. 7, Drafting and Revising Your Project

3/17 Topic: Video workshop

Readings: TBA

3/18 Last day to drop a class
3/19-27 Spring recess
3/29 Topic: Video workshop

Readings: MM: Chs. 9, 13

3/31 Topic: Introduction to Issue/Cause Website project

Readings: NA

Chapter remix video is due before the start of class (submission instructions can be found here)

Unit 4: Issue/Cause Website; Personal Website, part 2

Unit goals: Understand and apply principles for effective group collaboration; adapt skills for multimodal composition and rhetorical analysis to the creation of a multimodal, rhetorically affective website; understand and apply principles of revision to the creation of new version of a personal website

Date

TOPIC/READINGS

Assignments

4/5 Topic: Introduction to HTML

Readings: Read the following sections of the W3Schools HTML Tutorial:

HTML Introduction, Basic, Elements, Attributes, Headings, Paragraphs, Styles, Formatting, Quotations, Colors, Links, Images, Lists, and one additional section of your choosing.

 

In class, work on “Hello, World” HTML files (instructions for what these files should contain can be found here)
4/7 Topic: HTML styling with CSS

Readings: Read the following sections of the W3Schools CSS Tutorial:

All of the sections from Introduction to Lists as well as Position, Float, Align and one additional section of your choosing.

In class, convert “Hello, World” files to CSS. The final CSS version is due by the end of class (instructions for the additional CSS elements can be found here).
4/12 Topic: Project management Project meetings

Readings: W/D: Ch. 8, Putting Your Project to Work

Bring drafts of Team Contracts (for groups) and Proposals to discuss during meeting (have paper copies that you can hand me at the meeting)
4/14 Topic: Research Day – No class

Readings: TBA

 

Independent work on Issue/Cause Websites
4/19 Topic: Design basics

Readings:

  • HTW: HeadingsLayout and Design, and Lists
  • WSINYE ch. 4 (check email for link to pdf)
Design review of websites
4/21 Topic: Workshop; course evaluations

Readings: NA

4/26 Topic: Drop-in workshop

There is no required class meeting, but the class space will be available for you to work alone or with your group.

Readings: NA

4/28 Topic: Drop-in workshop

There is no required class meeting, but the class space will be available for you to work alone or with your group.

Projects are due by 11:15 a.m. Instructions for submitting the Issue/Cause site can be found here. You do not need to take extra measures to submit your Personal Website if I already have the URL for your sites.

Personal Website Submission 2 and Issue/Cause Website Due