Monthly Archives: August 2009

research homework for Sept. 2

Hey all,

Because I think we need some more time to digest what we’re doing/going to do, I’m going to hold off on responding to your 3 ideas email. We’ll return to those ideas (and, perhaps, others) in class next week. For now, here’s what I want you to do in regards to the “2/3 readings assignment” mentioned in the homework section of the schedule for this week.

Find 3 online pieces of digital media that might spark your imagination. They should vary in media and modes of communication in some way. (iow, they shouldn’t all be animations, nor all web-comics, nor machinima, etc. You can have 2 from one “kind” and at least one from another kind. This is to prevent you from getting stuck into one way of visualizing how a project might proceed.)

Here are some completely random examples where you might start. As you can see, some of these have something to do with digital writing studies, and some of them don’t. Your examples may or may not have anything to do with writing studies. My main goal with this exercise is to have you explore different ways of presenting information/ideas/creativity using digital media. All of the examples below would be akin to good final projects for this class.

To complete this assignment you should find 1-2 others in addition to any above you looked at (1 if you watched 2 above; 2 if you watched 1 above). Once you’ve read these pieces, you should start a new post on your blog in which you

  1. provide the title of the piece and link to it from the title
  2. describe the piece in a few sentences, as you think it relates to the value criteria outlined in this blog post that my previous class created. (Don’t worry that we haven’t talked about this yet; we will next week, so just use your best judgement/guess at this point. I want you to start thinking about WHY you chose these pieces over others.)
  3. Add a Trackback link to *this* blog post in your post. (Search WordPress help for how to do this if you need help. Then email me if you’re still stuck.)

These posts are due by 8am Wednesday, Sept. 2. Let me know if you have questions!


Syllabus Response

Post on your own blog a response to the class syllabus page. You should discuss your response to the course goals, projects, what you expected from this class, what you think it’s going to be about (instead of?), what you value as a student, what you hope to gain from this class, what ideas you might already have for projects, and anything else you find relevant for me to know from the outset.

Your post serves as recognition that you have read and understood the course syllabus and also helps me gauge what you expect from me and this class. This post should be 3-4 paragraphs and might also include mention of previous students’ portfolio reflections that we watched in class (which are linked from the Schedule page, in case you want a refresher).

This post is due by 8am next Wednesday, August 26 and should include a link to the class syllabus page and/or links to any other outside online materials you’ve referenced. Let me know if you have questions!


Welcome to English 239!

This semester, we will pursue an opportunity to publish digital media scholarship in an online, peer-reviewed journal. If that sounds boring or scary or doesn’t even make sense; give me a week to show you it will be fun, innovative, and offer you a more strategic way of communicating with peers, teachers, and future employers. This class isn’t about writing papers. It isn’t even about  “writing,” unless your definition of writing includes composing with multiple media and digital technology. You do not have to be a technological expert to do well in this class. You will be learning technologies throughout; sometimes you will know more or less than your classmates, and even more or less than I do. We will all help each other as we proceed.

Here’s a quick tour of the resources on this class blog, which serves as your syllabus/contract for this class (and is subject to change). You should subscribe to its RSS feed so that you can keep up to date. In the sidebar, to your right, you will find my contact information. I will sometimes be in my office on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, after class, but the best way to ensure catching me is to email me and make an appointment. I do not have scheduled office hours because one hour a week won’t do much good for of-the-moment questions. Email me and I’ll get back to you pretty quickly.

Under the Class Info section of the sidebar, you can access all relevant documentation for this class:

  • the Assignments page and subpages describe all the major assignments you will complete. Some of these are posted already, but they might change as the course morphs through the semester, so make sure to check back when I make assignments.
  • the Resources page includes links to handouts, useful technology-tip websites, and course permission forms.
  • the Schedule page has the weekly calendar for this class, including reading assignments, what we’re doing in class that day, and other homework.
  • the Syllabus page describes the course goals, required texts and technologies, grading system, and my value statements and what I expect from you.

In the Blogroll, I will include a list of links to all of your individual course blogs, which each of you will set up on the first day of class.

In the Archives section of the sidebar is a month-by-month listing of blog post updates. Use this (or the Search function at the top of the sidebar) for your reference.

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can comment on this post or email me.

Looking forward to the semester,
Dr. Ball