Writing in Online Environments

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Syllabus

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.

Course Materials

  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon.
  • Writing Spaces Web Writing Style Guide edited by Matt Barton, James Kalmbach, and Charles Lowe
  • Other course readings will be made available to you on the web, as a PDF or as a handout
  • a blank notebook or journal which you’ll bring with you to every class
  • a USB flash drive that you bring with you to each class session

Policies

Daily Schedule

Part I: Communicating in the New Connection Economy

Part II: Using the Affordances of the Web

Course Overview—major dates and topics

Part I: Communicating in the New Connection Economy

week 1
January 22 & 24
Introductions, What is Web 2.0?, and What is the Connection Economy?
Make sure you have a Writing Studio account so you can be added to our class space.

week 2
January 27, 29, & 31
Finding Your Passion & Blogging (and Tweeting and Facebooking) Your Passion
Blog and Personal Website Projects assigned
Design Plan and Mood Board due
Make sure you have set up your blog on WordPress.

week 3
February 3, 5, & 7
Developing Your Online Ethos & Introduction to Visual Design
Blog Analysis Project assigned
Blog “About” and “Welcome” pages and Header image due

week 4
February 10, 12, & 14
Plagiarism v. Stealing v. Remixing & How to Use Sources in the Connection Economy
Research Journal Project assigned
Blog Analysis Project due
Blog Post 1 due

week 5
February 17, 19, & 21
How To Do Research in the Connection Economy
Blog Post 2 due
Research Journal entry 1 due

week 6
February 24, 26, & 28
Blog Workshopping/Peer Review & Digital Delivery—Getting Your Work Circulating
Blog Post 3 due
Research Journal entry 2 due

Part II: Using the Affordances of the Web

week 7
March 3, 5, & 7
Multimodality: When, Where, and Why
Long-Form Project assigned
Blog Post 4 due
Research Journal entry 3 due

week 8
March 10, 12, & 14
Using Video
Blog Post 5 due
Research Journal entry 4 due

week 9
Spring Break

week 10
March 24, 26, & 28
Using Audio
Blog Post 6 due
Research Journal entry 5 due

week 11
March 31, April 2 & 4
Long-Form Project proposal workshopping
Blog Post 7 due
Research Journal entry 6 due

week 12
April 7, 9, & 11
Video Production Workshops
Blog Post 8 due
Research Journal entry 7 due

week 13
April 14, 16, & 18
Audio Production Workshops
Blog Post 9 due
Research Journal entry 8 due

week 14
April 21, 23, & 25
E-Book Production Workshops
Website 4th page due
Blog Post 10 due
Research Journal entry 9 due

week 15
April 28, 30, & May 2
Long-Form Project draft workshopping
Research Journal entry 10 due

week 16
April 5, 7, & 9
Long-Form Project work days
Long-Form Project  due at end of last class session
Reflective Analysis due

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