Sample Weekly Schedule and Assignments

assignments

Any portion of this syllabus may be changed at any time at the discretion of the instructor to best meet the needs of the class.

homework & quizzes (15%)
Quizzes will be given over the assigned readings, podcasts and videos. Homework includes, but is not limited to the following:

blog analysis
Chose a blog similar in topic to the one you plan to keep and write a 2-4 page rhetorical analysis of it.

website analysis
Chose a website similar in purpose and audience to the one you plan to design and write a 2-4 page rhetorical analysis of it.

blog design plan
A 2-page proposal for your blog project.

website design plan
A 2-page proposal for web project #2.

reading summaries
You will turn in three reading summaries on the book you have chosen for the TED Talk/Wired essay projects (see unit one schedule for exact dates).

 

unit one

blog (15%)
Each student will maintain a blog on a topic of his/her choice and post to it weekly for ten weeks. Posts are due Thursdays at the start of class.

TED talk (15%)
This is a group project. You will choose one of four available topics and its corresponding book. You will partner up with two other classmates who have chosen the same topic/book, and using the book as the starting point for your research design and deliver a 15-minute TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk to the class.

Wired essay (15%)
Using your chosen TED talk topic you will write an argument-based essay designed for Wired magazine (or a similar technology publication).

 

unit two

web project #1 (15%)
For project 1, you will develop your resume or vita as a valid XHTML document. You will also style this document using two CSS files (one for screen and one for print viewing) with basic selectors and properties to control typography and color.

web project #2 (25%)
For project 2, the major project for unit two, you will continue the work of project 1 to build your complete web presence. You will use advanced CSS selectors and layout/positioning methods.

 

schedule

unit one: how web 2.0 has changed writing
Any portion of this syllabus may be changed at any time at the discretion of the instructor to best meet the needs of the class.

During this unit we will focus on three things:

  • the rhetoric and technology of blogging
  • analyzing and constructing arguments on internet technology issues.
  • visual rhetoric and design

 

week 1
tuesday, january 18
composition as design/coding is writing

thursday, january 20
what is web 2.0?
reading: O’Reilly, Ted. (2005, September 30). What is web 2.0: Design patterns and business models for the next generation of software. O’Reilly. Retrieved from http://oreilly.com/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html
assigned: TED talk & Wired essay

 

week 2
tuesday, january 25
blogging basics
reading: Reid, Alex. (2011). Why blog? Searching for writing on the web. Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol 2. Retrieved from http://writingspaces.org/reid–why-blog
assigned: blog analysis

thursday, january 27
introduction to visual rhetoric and design
reading: Sullivan, Patricia. (2001). “Practicing safe visual rhetoric on the WWW”Computers and Composition, 18, 103-121.

 

week 3
tuesday, february 1
the “design plan” model
assigned: blog design plan
due at the end of class: TED talk group reading schedules
due: blog analysis

thursday, february 3
WordPress blog set-up
due: blog design plan

 

week 4
tuesday, february 8
WordPress blog set-up
due at the end of class: blog “about” page

thursday, february 10
TED talk group meetings
due: blog visual designs
due: TED talk book chapter summary #1

 

week 5
tuesday, february 15
TED talk group meetings
due: TED talk book chapter summary #2

thursday, february, 17
TED talk group meetings
due: TED talk book chapter summary #3
due: blog post #1

 

week 6
tuesday, february 22
TED talk group meetings
due at the end of class: TED talk design plans

thursday, february 24
TED talk group meetings
due: blog post #2

week 7
tuesday, march 1
TED talk group meetings
due: final presentation outline and design plan

thursday, march 3
TED talk presentation: authorship and authority in the internet age
reading: Bell, Emily and Keen, Andrew. (2007. August 10). Is today’s internet killing our culture? Comment Is Free (Series: Take Two). Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/aug/10/andrewkeenvemilybell
due: blog post #3
due: Bell & Keen take-home quiz (for all except those presenting)

week 8
tuesday, march 8
TED talk presentation: copyright in the digital age & digital literacy
video: Lessig, Lawrence. (2008, July 30). iCommons Summit talk on the history of CCommons [Lecture]. Retrieved from http://lessig.blip.tv/file/1163412/
video: Rosforth (producer), and Johnsen, Andreas, Christensen, Ralf, Moltke, Henrik (directors). (2007). Good copy bad copy [Motion Picture]. Denmark. Retrieved fromhttp://www.goodcopybadcopy.net
reading: Selber, Stuart A. (2004). Reimagining the functional side of computer literacy.College Composition and Communication, 55, 470-503.
due: copyright videos take-home quiz (for all except those presenting on copyright)
due: Selber take-home quiz (for all except those presenting on digital literacy)

thursday, march 10
TED talk presentation: is Google making us stupid? & digital literacy
reading: Carr, Nicholas. (2008, July/August). Is Google making us stupid? The Atlantic. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/6868/
due: blog post #4
due: Carr take-home quiz (for all except those presenting on “Is Google making us stupid”)
due: Wired essay drafts (option 1)

week 9
spring break

 

unit two: designing/coding/composing (yourself) for the web
Any portion of this syllabus may be changed at any time at the discretion of the instructor to best meet the needs of the class.

During this unit we will focus on two things:

  • learning best practices for designing web pages
  • learning how to “code rhetorically” with a focus on audience, purpose, and context

week 10
tuesday, march 22
introduction to web design
reading: Stolley, pages 1-119 (sections I, II, & III)
due: Wired essay draft (option 2)

thursday, march 24
web design continued
reading: Stolley, pages 120-282 (section IV)

week 11
tuesday, march 29
web design continued/work day
reading: Stolley, pages 283-333 (sections V & VI)
due: revised Wired essay (option 1)

thursday, march 31
work day

 

week 12
tuesday, april 5
work day
due: revised Wired essay (option 2)

thursday, april 7
work day
assigned: web project #2
assigned: website analysis & mood boards
due: web project #1

 

week 13
tuesday, april 12
work day
assigned: website design plans & storyboards
due: website analysis & mood boards

thursday, april 14
work day
due: website design plans & storyboards

 

week 14
tuesday, april 19
work day

thursday, april 21
work day

 

week 15
tuesday, april 26
peer review
due: drafts, web project #2

thursday, april 28
work day

 

week 16
tuesday, may 3
work day

thursday, may 5
work day
due: web project #2