The schedule is subject to change given how the semester progresses. Please check regularly. You are responsible for staying on top of due dates.

schedulenote: we will meet in CUE, UNLESS "due by classtime" column says AML 105. If it doesn't say AML, go to the CUE.

WEEK 1 In-Class Due by classtime
1/11 Course Overview
  • Get the textbook. Please avoid used copies (sorry!) as it won't give you access to online material.
1/13 The Modes
  • Read Chapter 1 of Writer/Designer
1/15 The Modes
  • Response #1 due by classtime in Blackboard. You can type it directly into Blackboard or upload a external document, your choice.
    • Part 1: Provide a brief introduction to yourself.  Include why you’re taking this course and what experience you have with multimedia authoring (NOTE: To do this, you’re going to also provide your definition of “multimedia authoring”)
    • Part 2: Respond to Process! Assignments on page 8 and 11.
  • Find 2 examples of texts that use all 5 modes.  Be prepared to share in class.
WEEK 2 In-Class Due
1/18 No Class -- Labor Day No Class -- MLK Day
1/20 Rhetoric, an overview
  • Read Chapter 2 of Writer/Designer.
1/22 Rhetoric, University Websites
  • Response #2 due by classtime: Complete Process! Assignment on page 31. We will discuss your responses in class, so come with a full brain.
WEEK 3 In-Class Due
1/25 Rhetoric and Design Strategies
  • Meet in AML 105 (Avery Hall)
  • Response #3 due by classtime:
  • Bring book OR student access code from back inside cover of book.
1/27 Rhetoric and Design Strategies
  • Meet back in CUE. Nothing due.
1/29 Rhetoric and Design
  • Response #4 due by classtime: Look back at your Response #3. Write a one paragraph description of the design strategies you notice in play in this text. Use the IX terms.
  • Assign Project 1: Rhetorical Design
WEEK 4 In-Class Due
2/1 Design Concept Display work time
2/3 Design Concept Display Presentations
2/5 Design Concept Display Presentations
  • Design for Project 1 due, presentations and discussion
WEEK 5 In-Class Due
2/8 Project 2. Genre Analysis
  • Design Justification for Project 1 due in Blackboard by classtime
  • Read Chapter 3 of Writer/Designer. Note that while this chapter presumes you are in the process of making a multimodal text, you are not in that boat. Intsead, pay attention to the what, the how, and genre conventions
  • Discuss Project 2
2/10 Project 2: Rhetorical Analysis
  • Response #5: Respond to the Process! Assignment on page 48 of the book, but add this part to the prompt: Pick a text that is part of the genre you will use for Project 2. So if I were going to analyze bluegrass music videos, I would choose one bluegrass video to talk about.
2/12 Project 2: Genre Convention Table
  • MEET IN AML 105
  • Come to class with your genre texts ready to go so that you can use this time to create your table.
WEEK 6 In-Class Due
2/15 no class
2/17 Project 2: Storyboards (imovie tutorial, if time)
  • MEET IN AML 105
  • Part 1 of Project 2 due (Genre Convention Table)in Blackboard
  • Read Chapter 6 of Writer/Designer, paying particular attention to the section on storyboards
2/19 Project 2: Storyboards (imovie tutorial if we didn't get to it on Wednesday)
  • MEET IN AML 105
  • Come with ideas for your storyboard, we'll have structured time in class to work on them.
  • Read Chapter 4 of Writer/Designer
WEEK 7 In-Class Due
2/22 Project 2: Assets
  • Part 2 of Project 2 due (Storyboard) in Blackboard. But also BRING DRAFT TO CLASS for peer review
2/24 Project 2: Assets
  • CUE!
  • Read Chapter 4 of Writer/Designer
  • Begin Part 3 of Project 2
2/26 Project 2: Drafting
  • AML 105: NOTE Optional day, but if you show up you will erase an absence from the past (not the future)
  • Part 3 of Project 2 due (Asset List) in Blackboard
WEEK 8 In-Class Due
2/29 Project 2: Work time(talk about presentations)
  • AML 105
3/2 Project 2: Work time
  • AML 105
  • Part 4 and Part 5 of Project 2 duein Blackboard. (put link to final project on Justification Statement)
  • Presentations (time will be tight today, shoot for precision!)
    1. Kassandra
    2. Krista
    3. Kelsey N.
    4. Rocky
    5. Kim
    6. Nick
    7. Colin
    8. David
    9. Pei Chi
WEEK 9 In-Class Due
  • Presentations
    1. Anawae
    2. Megan
    3. Marcella
    4. Garrett
    5. Thane
    6. Christian
    7. Cora
    8. Connor
  • Presentations
    1. Robert
    2. Miranda
    3. Ted
    4. Justin
    5. Layla
    6. Kelsey P.
    7. Alexa
    8. Jasmine
3/11 flex time
  • flex time
WEEK 10 In-Class Due



  • AML 105
  • Work on the HTML/CSS Tutorial at Code Academy
  • COMPLETE (through Unit 6) tutorial by Sunday morning and email me ( a screenshot of the final page/badge earned.
    • screenshot on a mac: shift + command + 3 (it will save it on your desktop)
    • screenshot on a PC: usually a "printscreen" button
  • NOTE, I am grading this in Blackboard under Response 6, but you do not need to post anything there, just email it to me. It will count towards your response grade.
WEEK 11 In-Class Due
  • AML 105
  • I WILL LECTURE at the beginning of class about Project 3.
  • Work time for Project 3
  • note: I have added some notes at the beginning of the Project 3 assignment to help you get started.
WEEK 12 In-Class Due
4/4 Project 4: Form Groups
  • AML 105
  • Project 3 Due
  • EMAIL ME by SUNDAY NIGHT AT 8PM ( List what you perceive to be your strengths for the final project. List, in order, your strengths in the following: web development (coding or Dreamweaver), graphic design (making logos, choosing colors), video, and writing/editing. Next to each item, briefly describe how good/bad you feel you are at the task. For example:
    • 1) Web Development: I really enjoyed coding and feel like I have a good handle on it
    • 2) Writing/Editing: I like to write and do well in my writing classes,I am also an editor for LandEscapes Literary Journal
    • 3) Video: I am ok with video, though can't do much more than a few simple things in iMovie
    • 4) Graphic Design: I really don't like graphic design at all.
4/6 Project 4: Team Contract and Genre Analysis
4/8 Project 4: Genre Analysis
WEEK 13 In-Class Due
4/11 work time
4/13 work time
4/15 work time
  • AML 105
  • Work time for rough draft
WEEK 14 In-Class Due
4/18 Work Time
  • AML 105
  • work time
4/20 Usability Testing, Rough Draft Due
  • AML 105
  • Part 5 of Final Project due. Rough Draft. (won't be submitted to Blackboard until you write the report, see 4/20) You need a website up w/ colors and branding scheme apparent. Content can be slim at this point. You also need some of your video footage so you can share with people the gist of what your video will be.
4/22 Work on final Draft and/or presentation
WEEK 15 In-Class Due.
4/25 work time
  • AML 105
  • Class Evaluations: PLEASE BE THERE
4/27 presentations
  1. Nick, Cora, Kassandra, Marcella
  2. Miranda, Thane, Alexa, Megan
  3. Garrett, Connor, Kelsey P, Collin
4/29 presentations
  1. Kelsey N, Christian, Leila, Kim
  2. Rocky, Robert, Pei Chi, Justin, Jasmine
  3. Ted, Anawae, Krista, David


Link to final project must be uploaded to Blackboard by monday, May 2 @ 8am.