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Assignments

 

Reading Blog and Responses (30%): Learn the details on the blogs page, but keep in mind all posts are due by classtime.

Timeline Webtext (10%): In the spirit of building (or learning to build) digital texts and charting out the history of digital pedagogy scholarship, you will be composing a digital pedagogy timeline webtext.

Multimodal Timeline (10%): Based on Shipka's definition and arguments about multimodality, this assignment asks you to revise (and add to) your digital timeline in a non-digital format.

Critique (10%): During the course of the semester, students will give one critique which involves a written and oral component. The crit is a critical engagement with an article or an article-length portion of a text we will have prepared for the class meeting during which the crit is presented. The crit should not simply summarize the ideas of the text, but should critically engage with the text by showing the significance and the interrelation of the key points. The oral presentation of the crit should serve as a springboard for class discussion and may include discussion questions. The written portion of the crit should be around 3 pages (double-spaced) in length. During the first week of class, please look at the schedule and choose a reading that looks interesting to you (notice the CRIT slots open). Email me your top two choices. First come, first served. For book chapters you only need to choose an article-length portion of the text (15-30pp).

Final Project (30%): Your final project must be modeled off of the articles in the Writing New Media book. That is, you will compose a scholarly paper on a topic of your choosing (related to the class in some way) AND you will provide a handful of sample lesson plans. This text can be print or digital.

Paper Requirements:

  • The "paper" must be the equivalent of roughly 15-25pp double spaced. If you go digital, just consider the amount of work you'd normally put into this type of paper, and exert that amount of effort.
  • The "paper" must work to find current scholarly conversations about your topic, and then insert your voice into that topic. If there isn't a specific conversation about your exact topic, then what conversations can you pull from in order to make your case?
  • The lesson plans must be written in a fashion similar to that in Writing New Media. Include 2-4 plans.

Presentation Requirements:

  • Please plan for a 10-15 minute presentation. You will have a total of 20 minutes, but 5-10 minutes will be left for Q&A.
  • Describe the project's main argument, making sure to address how the project engages with current scholarly discussions.
  • Describe the lesson plans.
  • If you want to use the overhead projector, let me know ahead of time and I'll get one from the AML so we don't need to fight w/ the silly classroom TV

Participation (10%): Participation includes your regular attendence and your engagement in class as a whole. You are not expected to speak all of the time, but you must make an effort to engage in the community of the classroom


 

 
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