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Daily Schedule: Part I

Communicating in the New Connection Economy

week 1

Wednesday, January 22
Introductions & What is Web 2.0?
In-class: Composition as Design activity
In-class: Watch The Machine is Us/ing Us
In-class: Set up your Writing Studio account so you can be added to our class space
Homework assigned: Writing Studio Forum, “What role does the web play in your daily life?”

Friday, January 24
What is the Connection Economy?
Read: The Five Canon’s of Classical Rhetoric
Read: The Design Plan approach to production and analysis
Read: Seth Godin’s Six Assets that Matter in the Connection Economy
Homework assigned: Respond to a classmate’s Writing Studio forum post. Find your response to the question “What role does the web play in your daily life?” and respond to the person whose response is immediately below yours. If you are last, respond to the first person listed.
Design Plan and Mood Board Project assigned


week 2

Monday, January 27
Finding Your Passion
Watch: Gary Vaynerchuk’s Web 2.0 Expo NY talk
In-class: Vishen Lakhiani’s Three Most Important Questions activity
Homework assigned: Use the Three Questions activity to write your design plan
Website and Blog Project assigned

Wednesday, January 29
Blogging (and Tweeting and Facebooking and Pinning) Your Passion
Read: Kleon, chapter 6-10
Read: Reid, Why Blog?
Read: The Web Writing Style Guide, Introduction (p. 2-5)

Friday, January 31
Wordpress set-up
Read: The Web Writing Style Guide, Writing in the Genres of the Web (p. 6-24)
Design Plan and Mood Board due


week 3

Monday, February 3
Developing Your Online Ethos
Read: Fortini, O Pioneer Woman!
Blog Analysis Project assigned

Wednesday, February 5
Introduction to Visual Design
Read: The Web Writing Style Guide, The Rhetorics of the Web chapter up through the WTF (Why This Font?) section, p. 25-48. (Please be sure to read the two linked articles in the CRAP section, p. 40)
In-class: learn about CRAP, Color, & Typography

Friday, February 7
Blog Work Day


week 4

Monday, February 10
Plagiarism v. Stealing v. Remixing
Read: Kleon, chapters 1 & 2
Read: Web Writing Style Guide, It’s Not Plagiarism If It’s on the Web, Right?, p. 53-57
Homework assigned: Writing Studio Forum, “What is plagiarism in the digital age?” (Due Friday!)
Blog “About” and “Welcome” pages and Header image due by the end of the day

Wednesday, February 12
How to Use Sources in the Connection Economy
Watch: Lessig, iCommons Summit talk on the history of CCommons
In-class: Add Creative Commons License to your blog (if desired)
In-class: Collaboratively design our class honor pledge
Blog Analysis Project due

Friday, February 14
Read: DeVoss & Porter, Why Napster Matters to Writing
Research Journal Project assigned
Blog Post 1 due


week 5

Monday, February 17
How To Do Research in the Connection Economy
Read: Kleon, chapters 3-5
Read: Sirc, What is Composition After Duchamp?

Wednesday, February 19
How To Do Research in the Connection Economy
Read: Purdy & Walker, Digital Breadcrumbs: Case Studies of Online Research
Homework assigned: Writing Studio Forum, “How do you research in the digital age?”
Research Journal entry 1 due

Friday, February 21
Peer Review Preparation
Homework assigned: Prepare for Monday’s workshop day—Read your group members’ blogs bring the completed workshop sheet for each blog with you to class on Monday.
Blog Post 2 due


week 6

Monday, February 24
Blog Workshopping/Peer Review

Wednesday, February 26
Digital Delivery—Getting Your Work Circulating
Read: Ridolfo & DeVoss, Composing For Recomposition: Rhetorical Velocity and Delivery
Research Journal entry 2 due

Friday, February 28
Digital Delivery—Getting Your Work Circulating
In-class: Learn how to integrate social media sites with your blog
Blog Post 3 due