This course responds to the work that students might do in English 439/539 (Writing in Electronic Environments) and English 666 (Rhetoric of Cyberspace). Where those two courses provide students hands-on experiences composingwith various digital technologies, this course examines the culture that informs composition practices. To better understand this culture one wants to examine how the metaphors and myths about technology inform the ways that individuals both produce and read digitally produced texts. Likewise, they want to examine how these metaphors and myths influence how writers learn to produce these texts. As we study and question the metaphors and myths about technology, it is also important to understand how to learn what digital writers are actually doing with these composition technologies. The goals for the course include...
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Coursework Proposal (50 points): Early in this short semester, you will spell out what you plan to do for the the three course projects (see below). By articulating what you will be doing, why you will be doing it, whether there is enough research to do these projects, and what assistance you anticipate, the instructor will be able to provide guided feedback.
Article Review & Presentation (50 points): Find a peer-reviewed academic journal article related to the course topic. In addition to writing a 500 word review of the article, you will deliver an oral presentation to the class summarizing the article and explaining how you would apply the text to a specific situation.
Demonstration of Application (200 points): This is your opportunity to demonstrate that you understand the course topic and material by creating a project that applies what we have learned to a specific situation and is relevant to your academic agenda.
Research Proposal (150 points): After examining the metaphors and theory about technology, you will propose a research proposal to learn how writers actually compose with these technologies.
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Process Grade (50 points)
You will receive a process grade that will be based upon your submission of daily questions and completion of exercises. The grade will simply be determined by the proportion of work that gets submitted. If the quality of this work in below average, the instructor, after talking to the student, may deduct points from the process grade
Your final grade (500 points) and assignments will be graded on the following point scale* :
= The instructor reserves the right to adjust this scale based on the
students' performance throughout the semester. Any adjustments will 1)
apply to the entire class and 2) never deny a student the grade that she/he
earns based upon this posted scale.
Students are required to attend every class. If you miss a class, for whatever reason, you are responsible for making up any missed work.
You are not only required to to attend every class, but you are required to come to class prepared. If you do not come to class prepared, you will be receive an absencewhether you stay or not. Therefore, it is recommended that you pay attention to the calendar.
In this class, you will do a lot of work and discussion of ideas in the classroom. Therefore the attendance policies are:
As a general rule, a student missing a class assignment because of observance of a religious holiday shall have the opportunity to make up missed work. Students must notify the instructor of anticipated absences before the absence occurs. Likewise, students who represent ODU at any official extracurricular activity shall have the opportunity to make up missed assignments, but the student must provide official written and/or email notification to the instructor no less than one week prior to the missed class(es).
Electronica refers to technology-related issues.
Because Blackbaord's "Send Email" function "talks to" your ODU account, it is recommended that you work with this account. At the very least, you will want to forward your ODU mail to the account you use most. To get an ODU account go to OCCS.
You are responsible for making sure that files and messages are successfully received by the instructor and your peers; other email providers cannot provide this security. Also you will want to be aware that some evaluated course work will be returned via email; if you are concerned about other parties reading these messages (as per FERPA regulations), please make alternate arrangements with the instructor.
you cannot access one account, you are encouraged to use the other account
to contact the instructor.
Also use the priority setting rhetorically; in other words, make your email message stand out when you really need to draw the recipient's attention to your message. Do not use the priority setting on your standard assignment submissions.
Ethics and Respect
As per the University's Honor Code, you must do your own original work in English 695and appropriately identify that portion of your work which is collaborative with others, or which is borrowed from others, or which is your own work from other contexts. Whenever you borrow graphics, quote passages, or use ideas from others, you are legally and/or ethically obliged to acknowledge that use, following appropriate conventions for documenting sources. In English 695, the most serious form of academic dishonesty is to recycle another individual's major project under your own name.
If you have doubts about whether or not you are using your own or others' writing ethically and legally, ask the instructor. Follow this primary principle: If in doubt, ask. Be up front and honest about what you are doing and about what you have contributed to an assignment.
If you have a documented disability, make sure you register with Disability Services (757. 683.4655). Once you do so, feel free to talk to me about any special accommodations that you are allowed to have to fulfill the course requirements.
At the end of the semester, you will have an opportunity to evaluate the instructor and the course. This is very important for helping the instructor and the department access the course. Please take the time at the end of the semester to do these online evaluations.