This schedule is subject to change.

The items listed for that day are due by classtime and/or will be discussed in class. For example, by classtime on 8/23 you need to have purchased IX, read Chapter 1, posted blog 1, and emailed your address to Professor Arola

week 1: overview and terms

Introduction to class

  • read Chapter 1: What are Multimodal Projects?
  • purchase IX: Visualizing Composition
  • blog post 1: (if you've never set up a blog before, try blogger, and make sure to send me the PUBLIC address which will be something like http://your-blog-name.blogspot.com and NOT the address that you see when you're logged and typing a post...that link will be really long and muddled)
    First, do you think there is a difference between the term "multimedia" and "multimodal"? Describe why or why not. Second, answer the "To Do" questions from pages 3-7 of reading (note, there is one response per mode).
  • email prof arola your blog address (arola@wsu.edu) OR tweet it to #dtcp355
week 2: How Rhetoric Can Help Us See
  • tweet: 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: The reading (Chapter 2) 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.
  • no class, but lab will be available. consider doing the ix assignment for tuesday (how nice to get it done and not have to do it over the holiday weekend!!)
  • respond to blog post 2: Respond to the two students who come directly after your name on the blog roll.
week 3: How rhetoric + design terms can help us talk about texts
  • read pages 6-end of Chapter 2: Analyzing Multimodal Projects
  • read/view the following tutorials from ix: Visualizing Composition: Emphasis, Contrast, Organization, Alignment, and Proximity [DO THE RESPONSE SECTIONS FOR EACH IN THE BLOG, see below]
  • blog post 3: Do the responses for each tutorial from ix, but instead of writing them in IX, put them on your blog.
  • tweet: A link to any multimodal text you find to be rhetorically effective (use #dtcp355). Be prepared to discuss why (in class).
  • read/view the following tutorials from ix: Visualizing Composition: Color, Framing, Sequence
  • answer each response section within IX itself (fill in my email address and your name and it will automatically email this to me. we did this in class on Tuesday!)
  • 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?"
  • we will return to the tweets you did for Tuesday, so make sure you did it! (that is, we'll be talking about multimodal texts you think are rhetoricaly effective)
week 4: planning project 1
  • do and tweet: explore HTML and CSS tutorials and tweet your favorite. As I mentioned in class on Thursday, so much of being "good" at technology is being good at googling. So, pretend you had to learn HTML and CSS without me teaching you a thing about it. Search. Dig around. And then tweet your favorite tutorials.
week 5: presenting, pitching, and moving on to project 2
  • Project 1 DUE! Be prepared to justify your design choices in a 2 minute presentation.
  • Email me (or tweet to #dtcp355) your project 1 web address by classtime
  • Project 1 will be linked here
  • Finish Project 1 presentations, talk about Project 2
week 6: Gathering assets, Creating mockups
  • notice I updated the resources page
  • 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)
  • blog post 4: Pitch for Project 2 due. This is similar to the assignment on Page 11-12 of the reading. Instead of doing an oral pitch, you'll be writing in your blog about steps 1 and 2 from the assignment sheet. THIS MUST BE DONE BY CLASSTIME.
  • TODAY IN CLASS YOU WILL FOLLOW THIS HANDOUT. (print or read on screen)
  • read three webtext analyses projects. These are similar to what you're expected to do (though notice they're not about elections):
  • blog post 5: First, describe things you like and don't like about the sample webtexts. Second, describe how you plan to organize your own webtext.
week 7: Drafting
  • read Chapter 6: Design Concepts in Action, paying particular attention to the section on mockups
  • Mockup Due for Project 2. This can be hand drawn or digital.
  • Start writing the content for your project so that you can plug it into your design
  • read Chapter 4: Multimodal  Research  Practices: Credibility  &  Citation, paying particular attention to issues of copyright, fair use, and citation practices.
  • blog post 6: While your sources for Project 2 are likely just the texts you are analyzing, you do need to consider how to best cite these texts. Follow the Assets List assignments (part 1, 2, and 3) from Chapter 4 the best you can, realizing you may not be able to answer all of their questions given the nature of our assignment. Still, this post should include an Assets List that describes what your assets/sources are, an annotation for each (see the reading, pgs 3-4), a description of the rights for your sources (see the reading, pgs 9-10), and a description of the format your citations will take (see the reading, pgs 13-14).
week 8: Peer Review and Project 2 Due
  • Draft of project due for peer review! Come to class with draft that your peers can look at and evaluate.
  • BY the end of class, you should have 2 peer reviews AND you should summarize these reviews in BLOG POST 7. Post 7 should answer the following questions: What did your reviewers say about your text and what do you plan to do (if anything) to address their concerns?
week 9: What Makes for an Effective Video, Project 3!
  • read about Project 3

I won't be there today, and you don't have to show up to class, but the blog is due by the beginning of classtime and the response is due by the END of classtime. The lab will be yours to use.

  • blog post 8: Provide a proposal and outline for your proposed literacy narrative (typed or hand written). The proposal should describe the topic you are addressing ("my literacy narrative will be about X") and then it should provide a description and/or outline for what your narrative will include ("in order to share my story about X, I will be doing the following....")
  • Response to post 8: Respond to the three names preceeding yours on the blog roll (if someone skipped a post, then move onto the next person). Provide the writer with one thing you really like about their proposal, and one piece of criticism. When thinking about criticism, think about things they might need to watch out for as they proceed, or things I might grade them on that they haven't considered, or possible alternative ways of seeing their project that they haven't yet thought of.
week 10: Project 3 storyboarding and drafting
  • (re)read Chapter 6: Design Concepts in Action, paying particular attention to the section on storyboards
  • read: "Lessons from the Art of Storyboarding" by Garr Reynolds (and watch the video on the page)
  • 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.
  • in-class iMovie tutorial
week 11: Project 3 drafting and review
  • lab time
  • peer review
  • blog post 9 Remember to get your storyboard up on your blog. It doesn't need to be high quality--that is, you can snap a photo of it with your phone and upload it, OR you can high quality scan it, your call--I just need to see it (so, I suppose, this is Post #9)
week 12: Project 3 presentations
  • MEET in CUE 416!!
  • Project 3 due, presentations (Brandon, Jack, Kyle, Risa, Feline, Joey, Soleil)
  • (if you haven't yet....)Remember to get your storyboard up on your blog. (see 11/1)
  • REMEMBER to link your video TO your Project 1 so that we can easily access your videos.
week 13: Project 3 presentations
  • optional lab time, no official class. have a very safe and thankful thanksgiving.
week 14: Project 4, Web Portfolios
  • Read about Project 4
  • 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 10: 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?
  • AML time 
  • week 15: Final Presentations
    • Draft of Project 4 due for usability testing
    • USABILITY TEST HANDOUT for in-class
    • 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.).
    • Before class ends, do a quick blog post 11 in which you post your usability test questions and summarize the feedback you received.
    • 2 Minute Pitch!
    • Draft due (for pitch)
    • Project 4 MUST be linked to our Project 1 page and/or you must be able to type in the address in less than 8 seconds. No joke. (if we have to mess around to find your link during class, you will be banned from giving your pitch and thus will lose the points)
    • YOUR FINAL DRAFT OF PROJECT 4 is due by 8am on this day. (MUST BE LINKED TO PROJECT 1, and/or must replace Project 1. If I cannot click on a link on the project 1 page and get to your portfolio, you will fail this assignment)