All work is due by midnight Sunday night for the date posted.
Aug 29 - Read the ENGL3379Fa10Syllabus, Taking an Online Course, and How to Become a Successful Online Student, and then post a response in the Discussion area on Blackboard (which you can find 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 5 - Complete the Introduction Activity and make sure that you have posted that you have read the syllabus (see above). Post the link to your document in the Discussion area on Blackboard. You can also check out the Prezi introductions at this wiki site, Student Prezis, where I posted all the links so they would be easier to look at, since Blackboard doesn't make the links live.
Sep 12 - Read http://transliteracies.english.ucsb.edu/images/flash_projects/john-morph.html and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1272921/Ten-greatest-maps-changed-world.html. This provides a long view of the history of how texts have evolved. Your assignment is to create a similar document that documents how text (text broadly defined to include pictures/images that have messages) has changed in online environments over the course of your young lives. In other words, think back to your first experiences reading on the computer (or other electronic environments) and put together a historical timeline of your experiences with online texts as you have grown up. Also include a brief discussion of how the writer in a networked environment has to think differently about the relationship to the reader of the texts the writer is producing. Choose the format you want to use. You could put together another Prezi, or do a Word doc with inserted images, or whatever will work. Post your document in the Discussion area on Blackboard.
Sep 19 - Read http://www.slideshare.net/goodfriday/the-back-of-the-napkin-solving-design-problems-and-selling-your-solutions-with-pictures, which provide some good info on processes for putting together information for websites by a guy called Dan Roam who wrote a book called The Back of the Napkin. Even though Roam is talking about drawing and pictures, there is also lots of text to go along with the pictures. 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 Blackboard extend the author's discussion by talking about how you see his method for solving problems relating to developing information for networked environments. Then take a look at (You don't have to read the whole thing, just scan through.) Oil Spill Program and apply Roam's principles as you see them being applied (or not applied) in this slide show (Power Point). Do you think the use of visuals helps the reader? Do the visuals add to the textual information that is being given? Etc. The slide show is not a website, but much of the info that we share nowadays such formats as Power Point are delivered through the Internet, so we have to think about the delivery differently as well.
Oct 3 - Read http://www.wilsonweb.com/design/usborne-webpage-connections.htm. Then go to http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2010/05/10/oil_spill_causes_climate_progress. Use the article as a starting point and from there explore the Salon website by following different links. In the Discussion area on Blackboard post a response where you use the guidelines from the reading to analyze the Salon 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 10 - Read http://wilsonweb.com/design/danwilson-webcopy.htm and http://www.fatdux.com/blog/2009/08/07/20-tips-for-writing-for-the-web/. Then go to http://www.nowpublic.com/environment/what-caused-bp-oil-spill-2010-halliburton-cementing-issue-2612965.html. In the Discussion area on Blackboard post a response where you use at least two points from the reading to analyze the page and the Now Public site. Discuss how well the guidelines are or aren't followed.
Oct 17 - Read http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/kwc-ch1.htm. In the Discussion area on Blackboard 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 24 - Project Plan is due. After you have uploaded or posted a link to your Project Plan in the Blackboard Discussion area, read at least one other plan written by one of your classmates and respond in the Blackboard Discussion 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.
Oct 31 - Read http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/e-text/index.html. In the Discussion area on Blackboard 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 7 - Complete all work for project so that you can spend the next week writing the Project Report. Post in the Discussion area of Blackboard any questions you may have at this point.
Nov 14 - Work on Project Report for Final Project.
Nov 28 - Read at least one other first draft report written by one of your classmates and respond in the Blackboard Discussion 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 5 - Turn in Final Project Report. Post in the Discussion area of Blackboard. 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.
December 12 - Rewrites of Final Project Report are due. Post in the Discussion area of Blackboard.