All work is due by midnight Sunday night for the date posted.
Aug 30 - Read the ENGL3379Fa09Syllabus, Taking an Online Course, and Becoming a Successful Online Learner, and then post a response in the Discussion area on WebCT (You can find WebCT at https://iol.tamucc.edu/) stating that you have read and understand the syllabus and the requirements for taking this course. Also include any questions you have about the class and/or syllabus. Also read Welcome to ENGL3379 for more about this class. This is fyi and you do not have to respond after reading.
Sep 6 - Complete the Introduction activity that you will find in WebCT and make sure that you have posted that you have read the syllabus (see above). Your responses should be posted in the Discussion area on WebCT.
Sep 13 - Read http://www.forbes.com/2006/11/30/future-books-publishing-tech-media_cz_bv_books06_1201network.html. (You may have to skip the intro screen, top right hand corner if it pops up, to get to the actual article.) In the Discussion area on WebCTpost a response where you discuss what you learned about writing for networked environments, and more specifically, how the writer in a networked environment has to think differently about the relationship to the reader of the texts the writer is producing.
Sep 20 - Read Healthcare Napkins All and then read http://www.thebackofthenapkin.com/ by the same author, explaining his process for putting together information. The slideshow is an example of writing in networked environments that's not just your usual webpage. And even though the author is talking about drawing and pictures, you can see from the Healthcare slideshow that there is also lots of text. And when we look pages on the Internet, we are seeing one big picture made up of smaller pictures, many of the elements that the author discusses. In the Discussion area on WebCT extend the author's discussion by talking about how you see his method for solving problems relating to developing information for networked environments. (Or think Internet/web pages if that's easier).
Sep 27 - Read http://www.sun.com/980713/webwriting/. In the Discussion area on WebCT post a response where you use at least two points from the reading to analyze the http://www.healthreform.gov/ website. I thought I'd continue to use sites related to health care to follow up on our Heathcare napkin discussion. Discuss how well the guidelines are or aren't followed on this website. Make sure to make it clear to readers what you are referencing on the website. http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/
Oct 4 - Read http://www.wilsonweb.com/design/usborne-webpage-connections.htm. Then go to http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/08/06/healthcare/ (another take on health care). You don't have to read the health care article, but use it as a starting point and from there explore the Salon website by following different links. In the Discussion area on WebCT post a response where you use the guidelines from the reading to analyze the website to determine if the guidelines for helping readers to make connections are being followed. Discuss how well the guidelines are or aren't followed on the website. Make it clear where you went, what paths you followed on the site, and where you were when/if you ran into trouble making connections.
Oct 11 - Read http://wilsonweb.com/design/danwilson-webcopy.htm. Then take another look at the Then go to http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/08/06/healthcare/ site from last week's analysis. In the Discussion area on WebCT post a response where you use at least two points from the reading to analyze the page. Discuss how well the guidelines are or aren't followed.
Oct 18 - Read http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/kwc-ch1.htm. In the Discussion area on WebCT post a response where you use at least two points from the reading to analyze a website that you have been to where you are a consumer (customer). Discuss how well the guidelines are or aren't followed on the website. Make sure to make it clear to readers what website you are analyzing. If you can't think of a website to analyze, here are two more sites on the health care issue: http://www.freemarketcure.com/whynotgovhc.php http://apps.facebook.com/causes/296928?m=5e8b17e0.
Oct 25 - Project Plan is due. After you have uploaded or posted a link to your Project Plan in the WebCT Discussion area, read at least one other plan written by one of your classmates and respond in the WebCT area regarding questions you have as a reader where the information provided may not be clear. This will not affect the student's grade in any way, but will only serve to provide a reader perspective to help the student improve the report, and hopefully as well, develop a better project. Also, here is some more info about putting together a hypertext essay http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/e-text/hypertext.htm. I'm just providing this link for extra info. You are not required to respond or turn in any homework for it.
Nov 1 - Read http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/e-text/index.html. In the Discussion area on WebCT post a response where you choose at least one thing from the list on this page and write a short review of the information covered in the link. In your review you should first summarize the information that is included in the link and then comment on how you think it is useful for our focus in this class. This could be related to what we have read and discussed, i.e. the info adds to a discussion or clarifies a point/issue that we have already talked about. Or it could be points that will help with the projects that we are working on, or in other words, stuff you find that is helpful in getting these things done. So first you tell us what you read, and then you tell us how we might use it. Make sure to make it clear to readers what website you are reviewing. I'll leave it open as to what you choose to review, but if you see that a link has already been reviewed by someone, please try to pick something that hasn't been done yet. And your response about another student's Project Plan is due no later than this week.
Nov 8 - Complete all work for project so that you can spend the next week writing the Project Report. Post in the Discussion area of WebCT any questions you may have at this point.
Nov 15 - Work on Project Report for Final Project.
Nov 22 - First draft of completed Final Project is due. Post your work in the Discussion area on WebCT.
Nov 29 - Read at least one other first draft report written by one of your classmates and respond in the WebCT area regarding questions you have as a reader where the information provided may not be clear. Also provide positive feedback where you find strong areas in the report. This will not affect the student's grade in any way, but will only serve to provide a reader perspective to help the student improve the report, and hopefully as well, develop a better report.
Dec 6 - Turn in Final Project Report. I will grade the report and you will have the option to revise and resubmit for a higher grade. If you do not turn in the report on time, you will not be given the option to resubmit, and the late policies for the class will be applied. Please make sure that you complete the course evaluation. You will see the link for the evaluation when you sign on to WebCT. The link will be labeled "Student Evaluation." Thanks so much.
December 13 - Rewrites of Final Project are due. Post in the Discussion area of WebCT.