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peer-review URLs

Your job as peer reviewers of these projects is to read two using the Kuhn + 2 criteria from earlier this semester and write a letter to each group of authors. Email the authors your letter (copying me) by 5pm Friday. Then, as an individual author, respond to the letters you receive from others, posting on your blog how you plan to revise based on the editorial feedback. That post is due by the start of next class period.

workflow/timeline assignment


“A work plan is an argument; it is written to plan the activities for a given period of time, first so as to convince decision makers for its approval, then as a guiding document for the activities to be carried out during that time period.” (from GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING A WORK PLAN). In this class scenario, I am the decision maker that your work plan needs to convince.

The basic questions that a work plan asks include

  • What activities will be undertaken in order to reach program objectives?
  • Who will carry out these activities?
  • When will the activities be conducted?
  • What resources will be needed? (from Developing & Using Work Plans)

Although some of these website resources suggest that a work plan needs to be a long and involved document (which it can be), for the purposes of this class, your work plan should focus on the individual steps you plan to take as you proceed to completing your project as a group. That is, I am concerned with the timeline of your activities and who is responsible for what andwhen. A work plan like this is usually around a page or two single-spaced.

You should work backwards from the project’s due date. Major deadlines include

  • Nov. 11 is the workshop due date. You need a functioning version of your project ready by the beginning of class on this date
  • Dec. 2 is the revisions due date. You need to have revised your project by the beginning of this class period.

In the work plan, you need to detail the activities, responsibilities for those activities, due dates, and resources needed for completing the project by these date. The format you use is totally up to you (e.g., table, flow-chart, bulleted or numbered list, etc.). At this point, your work plan might be a little general if you are unsure what technologies you need to learn to accomplish the project, so leave room in your timeline for such learning, as you will need to revise your work plan as you proceed on the project.

Also, be specific about activities. Don’t just write “Cheryl will research avatars.” Instead, write something that is specific to the brainstorming you need to have done for next week regarding what about avatars and gender (as one example) you need to research and how you need to collect that data. Research includes ANYTHING that you need to learn, collect/gather, or study — so be specific. If you plan on researching one particular angle of your topic for two days using a specific set of library databases and online journals, then list it as specifically as that. After that, if you plan on creating a set of questions based on that research/reading that you will ask your interviewees, then plan for that question-creation time in your work plan. Also list in your work plan when you will figure out who your interviewees are, who will contact them from the group, how you will contact them, when you will arrange (given a spread of dates) to interview them, what technical resources you need to interview them, etc.

All students need to do a work plan, either as a group or, in the case of graduate students, individually. Graduate students, however, do not need to complete the team contracts. That is only for the undergraduate students.

Let me know if you have questions.

audio comments on proposal drafts

Hey all,

I’ve responded to everyone’s print proposal by leaving a comment after your peer-review comment (if available) from class. My comments are recorded as an audio file (mp3) and linked to their permanent location in your comment area of that post. You can listen to the comments with your choice of media-player plug-ins such as Quicktime, Windows Media Player, and iTunes. If you have trouble downloading/playing and listening to the file, let me know.

I chose to record the comments as audio files instead of typing the comments because (1) I wanted you to hear my thought as I thought through my reactions to your proposals, and (2) I am sick with a cold and it was quicker to provide vocal comments than written comments, so if you need clarification on anything, let me know.

Also know that while your revised drafts are due in class next Wednesday, you’ll have more time to revise as the absolute-final drafts aren’t due until the portfolio is due at the end of the term.

Let me know if you have questions. And stay well!


idea(s) to workshop

For your blog post for next week, you need to revisit the 3 ideas you sent me last week, see whether you still like any of those ideas, and/or come up with new one(s). From that set of ideas, choose 1 idea that you want to pursue for your project proposal, and one back-up idea.

In a blog post, write up your top-choice idea in about a paragraph, considering as you write whether the idea/concept would fit the CFW and the Kairos venue that you read about for homework. (You should also consider whether your idea/concept is do-able in a 10-week timeframe.)

In order to figure out whether your idea will fit, you will need to do a short rhetorical analysis on Kairos and the CFW. This means that you need to discuss what the venue expects in a digital media scholarship project, who the audience for Kairos is, and what category of submission (Topoi or Inventio) your idea would fit into regarding the CFW. You should detail all of this information in your blog post about your idea.

Be prepared to share your idea in class next week, as we’ll be spending the majority of class workshopping them. Also be prepared to share your back-up idea, if the first one proves unsuitable in some way.

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!