WEEK 1

IN-CLASS

DUE AT BEGINNING OF CLASS

8/23

Discuss: Is <this> an effective text?

--attend class
8/25

What is a multimodal text? What are the modes?

  • read Chapter 1: What are Multimodal Projects?
  • purchase IX: Visualizing Composition
  • blog post 1: First, do you think there is a difference between the term "multimedia" and "multimodal"? Describe why or why not. Second, answer the "Response" questions from pages 3-7 of reading (note, there is one response per mode).
  • email prof arola your blog address (arola@wsu.edu)

WEEK 2

IN-CLASS

DUE

8/30

How can rhetoric help us talk about multimodal texts?

  • tweet: Set up Twitter account, and tweet any links you find to texts that you believe use all 5 modes. If you can't find one, then tweet a text that uses multiple modes. (#dtcp355 remember the P!)
  • read pages 1-6 of Chapter 2: Analyzing Multimodal Projects
  • read/view the following tutorials from ix: Visualizing Composition: Element, Purpose, Audience & Context (we will do the "Response" sections in class, but you can look at them)
  • blog post 2 (due Monday by noon so people have time to respond): The reading uses the WSU website as an example. The "to-do" on page 6 asks you to look at "your University website." Instead, choose another University of your choice and answer the questions. Try to incorporate the rhetorical terminology from pages 1-6 and/or the modal terminology from Chapter 1.
  • respond to blog post 2: Respond to the two students who come directly after your name on the blog roll.
9/1

How do we talk about multimodal strategies?

  • read pages 6-end of Chapter 2: Analyzing Multimodal Projects
  • tweet: A link to any multimodal text you find to be rhetorically effective (use #dtcp355). Be prepared to discuss why (in class).
  • respond to blog post 1 (JUST the multimedia/multimodal question): Respond to the two students who come directly before your name on the blog roll. Do you agree with their definitions of multimedia and multimodal? Disagree? why? See if you can come to some sort of consensus (and blogger, this means you too should look back and and respond to what your peers say)

 

WEEK 3

IN-CLASS

DUE

9/6

How do we talk about multimodal strategies?

Discuss Project 2

  • read/view the following tutorials from ix: Visualizing Composition: Emphasis, Contrast, Organization, Alignment, and Proximity
  • blog post 3: Do the responses for each tutorial, but instead of writing them in IX, put them on your blog.
9/8

How do we talk about multimodal strategies?

Photoshop Tutorial

  • read/view the following tutorials from ix: Visualizing Composition: Color, Framing, Sequence
  • tweet: choose one of the terms from the reading and tweet a text that you feel employes an interesting use of [color/framing/sequence].
  • tweet response: respond to at least two of your peers from #dtcp355. Specifically, comment on whether or not you notice any other uses of [color/framing/sequence] that they didn't mention. Eg: @tomp says "this site has an amazing use of orange that really makes the heading pop. #dtcp355 bitlylink" you respond "@tomp yes, but did you also notice how the orange really unifies the page overall?i also wonder, is this earthy feeling useful?"

 

WEEK 4

IN-CLASS

DUE

9/13

How do I make a webpage?

Today, in-class, you will do both the HTML Beginner Tutorial and CSS Beginner Tutorial. Move through all the pages of each, and save your work to your AML public_html space. If there is remaining time, move on to the Intermediate tutorials.

  • read Chapter 3: Planning Your Project (realizing you're not doing exactly this type of project for Project 2, but notice how the comparison of texts is similar to what you'll be doing)
  • explore HTML and CSS tutorials and tweet your favorite
9/15

How do I make a webpage?

In-class today, GO HERE and follow the instructions.

  • Finish the CSS and HTML tutorials from class on Tuesday.
  • Begin working on your website portal.

WEEK 5

IN-CLASS

DUE

9/20

Planning your website, drafting your analysis.

  • website portal due(the page for 355 that will includes links to your blog and your projects...it doesn't need to be fancy)
  • blog post 4: Describe the topic you plan to use for Project #2 and provide at least 3 texts you are considering using. What key strategic differences or simiarities do you note thus far in your texts? Why do you think these differences and/or similarities exist?
9/22

work day

  • EMAIL ME your web portal address.
  • come to the aml: be prepared to work on your website.
  • respond to blog post 4: Respond to the two students who come directly before your name on the blog roll. Specifically, put yourself in the role of "teacher" and give them some advice on the project they're proposing. Does it seem doable? Do you have any further ideas/texts they might consider looking at?

WEEK 6

IN-CLASS

DUE

9/27

peer review

9/29

no class

no class

WEEK 7

IN-CLASS

DUE

10/4

sharing Project 2

In-class spend the first 10-15 minutes making sure everything is in order (Project 2 up, linked to portal). Then use the rest of the time to begin work on Post 5 (see thursday's "due")

10/6

How did you learn what makes an effective text? Literacy narratives.

  • blog post 5 part 1: Read the 3-students-whose-names-come-after-you-on-the-web-portal's Project 2s (they should have them linked from the portal itself). If someone doesn't have their project done, skip ahead to the next person on the list. Do the following:
    • Summarize what you learned about what makes an effective text in what situations and why. Refer specifically (cite them!) the projects you looked at.
  • blog post 5 part 2: Now, quickly explore every student's Project 2 (no need to read in depth, just poke around). Describe which web text is your favorite and why.

WEEK 8

IN-CLASS

DUE

10/11

How did you learn what makes an effective text? Literacy narratives.

  • show up. bring yourself.
10/13

What makes an effective video essay?

WEEK 9

IN-CLASS

DUE

10/18

How do I begin planning my literacy narrative?

  • read: "Lessons from the Art of Storyboarding" by Garr Reynolds (and watch the video on the page)
  • tweet: sum up the content of your proposed literacy narrative in a tweet. respond to at least one other class member's tweet.
  • bring to class: an outline of your proposed literacy narrative (typed or hand written). no need to storyboard yet unless you want to.
10/20

Work Day + Storyboard Review

  • storyboard due. The storyboard will layout what your video will look like and include. It can be stick figures and bad drawing, but you need to think about what each frame is going to do. Make sure you also think about the sound you will include.

WEEK 10

IN-CLASS

DUE

10/25

Work Day

 

  • bring to class: the beginnings of your multimodal resources (enough so that you can start to work) along with the beginnings of your multimodal resources list (see Component 2 of assignment)
10/27

Work Day + Review

Fair Use Lecture

  • bring to class: where you're at. have SOMETHING to show, even if it's rough, messy missing chunks, etc.
  • explore: Stanford's description of Copyright and Fair Use

WEEK 11

IN-CLASS

DUE

11/1

First Draft Peer Review

  • First Draft of Project 3 Due for peer review
  • Make sure, by day's end, to have exported this version of your video (even if it's partial and messy and embarrassing) so that you can include a link to it (see Component 3 of assignment)
11/3

Work Day

  • Meet in AML to work on projects
  • bring to class: final list of multimodal assets (see Component 4 of assignment)

WEEK 12

IN-CLASS

DUE

11/8

Presentations Day 1

  • Literacy Narrative Presentations Day 1
  • If you are presenting you MUST email me your video link at least an hour before classtime. Video must be accessible online at either your website, YouTube, or Vimeo
  • [in class] Tweet during movies. Evaluate/comment on your peers' videos via Twitter. Comment on at least 1/2 of the videos. If you can't during class, post tweets as soon after as possible. USE #dtcp355
11/10

Day Off

  • No class, but make sure all components to Project 3 are in development and have a place to be linked on your web portal.

WEEK 13

IN-CLASS

DUE

11/15

Presentations Day 2

  • Literacy Narrative Presentations Day 2
  • If you are presenting you MUST email me your video link at least an hour before classtime. Video must be accessible online at either your website, YouTube, or Vimeo
  • [in class] Tweet during movies. Evaluate/comment on your peers' videos via Twitter. Comment on at least 1/2 of the videos. If you can't during class, post tweets as soon after as possible. USE #dtcp355
11/17

Presentations Day 3

  • PROJECT 3 DUE in its entirety. By 5pm today, I should be able to go to your web portal and find all of the components of Project 3.
  • Literacy Narrative Presentations Day 3
  • If you are presenting you MUST email me your video link at least an hour before classtime. Video must be accessible online at either your website, YouTube, or Vimeo
  • [in class] Tweet during movies. Evaluate/comment on your peers' videos via Twitter. Comment on at least 1/2 of the videos. If you can't during class, post tweets as soon after as possible. USE #dtcp355

WEEK 14

IN-CLASS

DUE

11/29

Lecture about web design + work time

  • Read "Web Standards for Beginners" (I may quiz you, so read. I also know this may be new to some of you, but do the best you can to get the gist)
  • Read Smashing Magazine's "10 Steps to the Perfect Portfolio Website"
  • blog post 7: (ideally due before class, but since I am assigning this late, I will accept late blogs) Do you intend to follow all 10 tips that Smashing Magazine suggests? Why or why not? Also, make sure to explore the "40+ beautiful personal portfolio websites. Which sites are your favorite and why? What would you need to learn/know in order to make this type of portfolio?
12/1

work day

  • AML time

WEEK 15

IN-CLASS

DUE

12/6

Usability Testing

  • Draft of Project 4 due for usability testing
  • Read Dennis Jerz, "Usability Testing: What Is It?"
  • BRING TO CLASS a list of questions you want your usability testers to answers. (do the reading! ask appropriate questions given your concerns, design, rhetorical situation, etc.)
12/8

sharing final project in lab

  • 2 Minute Pitch! (see assignments)
  • Draft due (for pitch)
  • Email me your Project 4 link (if it's not the portal linked to our resource page OR if it's not linked to the portal...basically if it seems I don't have the link, get it to me)

 

 

12/11 BY MIDNIGHT

  1. Final Draft of Project 4 due (should all be linked to web portal. if project 4 is web portal, then it should be up and ready to go)
  2. IF you were double dipping on Project 4, the Justification Statement should be linked to your portal in some way (i need to be able to find it)
  3. [optional] Revision Statement for Project 3 due