|Date||In Class||Before Class|
|Wk 1||Jan. 31||Introduction: Overview of Projects|
|Feb. 2||“Mediated Me”
Defining key terms: multimodal, new media, and digital composing
|Read Chapter 1 of Understanding Digital Literacies and “Digital Rhetoric: Toward an Integrated Theory.” Also read
“Twenty Things I Learned about the Web.” (While none of us are newcomers to the web, most of us don’t really think about what it actually IS.)
In your blog post this week, discuss your own history with blogging—have you followed a blog, hosted a blog, or used a blog in previous classes?
|Wk 2||Feb. 7||“Information Everywhere”
Ethics of Digital Media: Accessibility
|Read Chapter 2 of Understanding Digital Literacies and “Introduction to Web Accessibility.” Skim “Designing for Inclusion” as a resource to return to later.|
|Feb. 9||“Hyperreading and Hyperwriting”
Assign design choices for Tuesday.
|Read Chapter 3 of Understanding and
“Our Digital Lives” (A podcast for your listening pleasure as you build your site.)
|Wk 3||Feb. 14||“Multimodality and Analysis”
|Read Chapter 4 of Understanding and accompanying online texts and “Analyzing Multimodal Projects” (to be provided) and review Document Design.
In your blog post this week, briefly describe the website you will be analyzing for Project #2 and your initial impressions of it.
|Feb. 16||Understanding Digital Rhetoric and its Metaphors
|Watch these short videos: Marshall McLuhan on the TODAY Show 1976 and NExTWORK: Kevin Kelly
Spend some time exploring the projects on http://polygraph.cool/ and http://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/conference-reviews/webtext-of-the-month/.
Prepare to share about one or two that capture your attention and the affordances and constraints in comparison to a conventional academic article like “Digital Rhetoric.”
|Wk 4||Feb. 21||Who is Composing Digital Media?
Prompts for Project 2
|A Long Series of Short Articles
Does it matter who is composing digital media and how they are characterized? Why?“‘Hidden Figures’: How Black Women Did the Math That Put Men on The Moon”Short Take: Hidden Figures – The People Behind The Story You Know“‘Hidden Figures’ a Hit”
|Feb. 23||Peer Review of Project 2||Due: First Draft of Project 2|
|Wk 5||Feb. 28||“Online Language and Social Interaction”||Read Chapter 5 of Understanding and
“Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture” (Jenkins) Skim pp. 5-22 and then focus on two of the skills in the “Core Media Literacy Skills” section. Why are they important? How would you like to see them emphasized more in schools?
|Mar. 2||“Attention Structures”||Read Chapter 6 of Understanding and “The Binge Breaker” (read the article or listen to the audio version)|
|Wk 6||Mar. 7||Visual Rhetoric
|“Understanding Comics” (McCloud; this is a long one, so choose one section that interests you and focus on that.)
In your blog post this week, reflect on connections between the readings today and our readings on accessibility. What are possible ethical considerations of visual design?
|Mar. 9||Speed Sharing Presentations
|Due: Final Project 2 – Multimodal Analysis|
|Wk 7||Mar. 14||Ethics of Digital Media: Ownership and Copyright||Listen to “Aggregation and Ownership In The Digital Wild West” and read Bound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain (graphic novel)|
|Mar. 16||Intro to Project 3:
|Read “Remediation and Remix” and watch
Where do you see remediation in pop culture? What is happening rhetorically in your examples? (I.e., what’s the implicit argument?) What texts could you remediate to make a particular argument?
|Wk 8||Mar. 21||Conferences||Due: Proposal/pitch for Project 3|
|Mar. 23||Rhetorical Circulation
|“Kevin Allocca: Why Videos Go Viral”
“The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral”
“The Secret Strategies Behind Many ‘Viral’ Videos”
(Don’t miss the comments and the follow-up post.)“Writing Ecologies, Rhetorical Epidemics” (Seas)“Why Spreadable Doesn’t Equal Viral” (Jenkins)
|Wk 9||Mar. 28||Resources for Designing Your Project
|Read “Copyright, IP, and Creative Commons Resources” and “Digital Video” (Morey)
|Mar. 30||“Collaboration and Peer Production”||Read Chapter 11 of Understanding and “Digital Editing” (Morey)|
|Wk 10||Apr. 4||Workshop storyboards and scripts.||Due: Storyboard and scripts for Project 3|
|Apr. 6||“Critical Literacy”||Read Chapter 7 of Understanding and “Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake” and watch “The Filter Bubble”|
|Wk 11||Apr. 11, 13||Easter Break – no class|
|Wk 12||Apr. 18||Working on Videos:
share your video with two other groups without any explanation. Allow them to comment and ask questions.
|Due: First Draft of Video
In your blog post this week, choose one of the videos you reviewed in class. Write a summary and then a critique. What parts could be edited or improved? Which sections might need to be redubbed or what graphics or text might help make the remediation clearer?
|Apr. 20||“Online Cultures and Intercultural Communication”||Read Chapter 8 of Understanding and listen to “Tech’s Moral Reckoning” (podcast)
|Wk 13||Apr. 25||Ethics of Digital Media: Online Citizenship||Read “The Psychology of the Internet Troll”
“Digital Ethics”“If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say…” (Act 1) (podcast version) OR “What Happened When I Confronted My Cruelest Troll” (article version)Jon Ronson selection
|Apr. 27||“Social Networking” and “Digital Literacies at Work”||Read Chapters 10 and 12 in Understanding and skim “The Iron Cage”|
|Wk 14||May 2||Video Showcase||Due: Project 3 – Video|
|May 4||Screening: The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms||Due: Project 3 – Post Production Questionnaire/Reflection|
|Wk 15||May 9||“Mediated Me”||Read Afterword in Understanding and|
|May 11||Speed Sharing Revised Sites||Due: Project 4 – WordPress Site Redesign and Rationale|
|Wk 16||May 15
Final at 10:15 AM -12:15 PM