- Reading Response Blog. I am starting to dislike the word "blog" for reasons I can't describe, nevertheless, you need to create a space where you can post your reading responses. These responses will include a range of texts, so make sure you can post video, sound, images, and words. I am open to the venue you choose, but do make sure it has a comment feature. Consider Wordpress, Blogger, or Tumblr (but make sure it's a Tumblr that has a comment option). Email me your blog address by Monday, August 31.
- Multimodal Texts. You will be asked to produce a range of multimodal texts throughout the semester. These will be posted as part of your reading response blog.
- Group Presentation. During week 8, you will work in a small group to prepare and execute a 30-minute lesson plan based on one chapter of Kress' book. This lesson plan must include an overview of the key ideas and hands-on group work. Your major task is to illustrate to us that you 'get' the ideas in the chapter, while also imparting that knowledge on us so that we, too, can 'get' the ideas.
- Cool Thing. You will choose a week during the semester to share with us a multimodal scholarly piece you found that you think is cool. Your job is to share it with us and to explain to us what about it is cool to you and why. Journals to chose from (let me know if you find something else): Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Computers and Composition Online, Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society, and consider more from here.
- Pitch Proposal. During week 10 (10/26) you will present a 5 minute pitch proposal in which you pitch your final project idea to the course. This pitch will be based on the work in Chapters 1-3 of Writer/Designer.
- Final Project. Take up an issue we discussed in class and/or that intersects with an issue we discussed in class and make a scholarly argument about it, one that puts your voice in conversation with other voices that have discussed a similar topic. This argument needs to take the form of a multimodal text. The level of multimodality is up to you. Consider videos, websites, posters, interactive .pdfs, sculptures, podcasts, etc. Because everyone will take a different approach to the project, I cannot assign a specific length. However, you should put in at least the amount of work you would for a 15-20 page seminar paper. I do expect 7-15 scholarly references, so keep that in mind. If you have questions about citations, please visit Chapter 4 of Writer/Designer.
- PRESENTATION DETAILS: In class, you will have 10-15 minutes to present your project to us, and 5-10 minutes for discussion and Q&A. During your presentation, you will share with us your project and describe your goals and choices for the project (consider seeing Shipka's Statement of Goals and Choices for a model if you need one, though no need to stick too closely to it). IF your project doesn't cite any of the readings or ideas we discussed in class, then your presentation SHOULD.
- FINAL PROJECT DETAILS: I need the FINAL DRAFT of your project by Monday 12/14 at 10am. How you deliver this final project is up to you, and depends on your project itself. Email is totally acceptable. IF your final project doesn't cite any of the readings or ideas we discussed in class, then you must also include a (roughly) 2-page justification/artist's statement that describes how this project engages with the ideas and readings from class. I expect specific shoutouts to some of our readings.