Weekly outline

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      Note: The policy document below contains an outline for this course, but any information on this website supercedes the information contained in these files. When in doubt, refer to this site to find the most current information.

  • 19 August - 25 August

    • Week 1——Tuesday

      Topic: Introduction to the course. Discuss diagnostic essay.

    • Week 1——Thursday

      Topic: The culture of the mix; discuss Mix CD Assignment. Read: Two articles on mixtapes, linked below (in PDF format). Assignment: Work on your diagnostic essay (due on Friday night); come to class prepared to discuss the articles you read.

  • 26 August - 1 September

  • 2 September - 8 September

    • Week 3——Tuesday

      Topic: Mix CD workshop; review printing procedures; discuss pre-flighting and packaging in InDesign. Assignment: Sign up for a CD burning/printing session with Quinn using the scheduler linked below; bring all of your electronic files for the Mix CD to class.

    • Week 3——Thursday

      Topic: The history of word processing; introduction to our next assignment—Interrogating the Interface. Read: Ten Things Every Microsoft Word User Should Know; WordStar and the History of Word Processing. Assignment: Upload your completed Mix CD Assignment (a single .zip file) before class; complete the Microsoft Word Reflection journal entry before you come to class.

  • 9 September - 15 September

  • 16 September - 22 September

    • Week 5——Tuesday

      Topic: Continued discussion of PowerPoint; Invention and organization strategies for essay writing; screenshots and screencasts; keeping it all together. Read: Review at least three of the articles linked below on the Interrogating the Interface Resources page. We'll discuss these in class as models for your essay.

    • Week 5——Thursday

      Topic: Peer review workshop for Interrogating the Interface assignment; sign up for oral presentations, to be delivered during Week 6. Assignment: Bring an electronic copy of your draft to class (preferably in ".doc" format, so we can use track changes). The draft does not need to be complete, but it should be more than just an outline or a few paragraphs of text.

  • 23 September - 29 September

    • Week 6——Tuesday

      Topic: Interrogating the Interface oral presentations, in the following order: Gina Ruggiero, Valerie Gleason, Justin Gleason, Emily Sorensen, Mallori Phillips, AJ Whatling, Scott Hoger. If time permits, begin discussion of social networking unit. Assignment: Continue working on the final draft of your Interrogating the Interface assignment.

    • Week 6——Thursday

      Topic: Interrogating the Interface oral presentations, in the following order: Tyler Ahrens, Alicia Clark, Mark Van Thomme, Marsha Davies, Mike Snider, Nicole Soderquist, Nate Cook, Ashley Otte. If time permits, begin (or continue) discussion of social networking unit. Read: "As We May Think," linked below. Update: Read "As We May Think" for next Tuesday. Assignment: Submit the electronic file for your Interrogating the Interface assignment before class; bring a paper copy of your essay to class.

  • 30 September - 6 October

    • Week 7——Tuesday

      Topic: The history of the Internet; begin discussion of social networking unit; introduce Social Networking assignment. Read: "As We May Think" and "We Are the Web" (print both articles and bring them to class).

    • Week 7——Thursday

      Topic: MyLifeBits Project; begin discussion of online identity; introduce Social Networking assignment. Read: "Remember This" (print this one out) and peruse the MyLifeBits website and be prepared to discuss it. Assignment: Complete the brief Online Identity Self-Assessment before class.

  • 7 October - 13 October

  • 14 October - 20 October

    • Week 9——Tuesday

      Topic: Catch-up day; Photoshop workshop; work on social networking sites. Read: The Philosophy of Photoshop. Assignment: If you haven't done so already, please post the URL of your individual Ning site in the forum I created on the English 213 Ning site. Also, bring any digital resources (pictures, videos, music, relevant email addresses, etc.) that will help you build your Ning site.

    • Week 9——Thursday

      Topic: Conducting online research; drafting workshop for social networking papers. Read: Tips for Conducting Internet Research and Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility.

  • 21 October - 27 October

    • Week 10——Tuesday

      Topic: Peer review workshop for Social Networking assignment; discuss checklist for final revision. Assignment: Bring an electronic copy of your draft to class (preferably in ".doc" format, so we can use track changes). The draft does not need to be polished, but it should be complete (4-5 double-spaced pages).

    • Week 10——Thursday

      Topic: Conclude Social Networking assignment; introduction to "kinetic texts" and the Kinetic Text assignment; in-class tutorial on using video cameras. Read: Visit the Billy Collins, Action Poet website and view at least three (preferably more) of the videos on the site. Assignment: The final draft of your Social Networking assignment is due at the beginning of class. Please bring a paper copy of the essay to class and upload an electronic copy of the document before class begins.

  • 28 October - 3 November

    • Week 11——Tuesday

      Topic: iMovie workshop; begin gathering images, video, and sound for the Kinetic Text assingment. Read: Creating a Movie with iMovie and iDVD (textbook). Assignment: Select a "text" (a poem, a speech, a movie scene) for your Kinetic Text assignment; visit a Mac lab on campus and work through the tutorials in the iMovie textbook until you feel comfortable with the iMovie interface.

    • Week 11——Thursday

      Topic: iMovie workshop; assembling clips, aligning audio and video, creating titles and credits. Assignment: Bring electronic copies of all components of your Kinetic Text assignment to the lab.

  • 4 November - 10 November

    • Week 12——Tuesday

      Topic: iMovie workshop; putting it all together. Assignment: Before class on Tuesday, gather all of the raw artifacts you'll need for the Kinetic Text assignment (video clips, images, audio, etc.) and import them into your iMovie project.

    • Week 12——Thursday

      Topic: Watch kinetic text videos (in progress) and give feedback to each member of the class; continue editing videos during remaining time. Assignment: Come to class ready to share a rough version of your Kinetic Text assignment (in .mov or .mpeg format).

  • 11 November - 17 November

    • Week 13——Tuesday

      Topic: Discuss any final questions/concerns about the Kinetic Text assignment. Introduction to HTML and the Electronic Portfolio assignment. Assignment: Bring Creating a Web Page with HTML textbook to class.

    • Week 13——Thursday

      Topic: Watch all Kinetic Text videos. HTML and CSS workshop. Read: Chapter 1 of Creating a Web Page with HTML; The History of HTML (just that section of the Wikipedia entry on HTML). Assignment: The Kinetic Text assignment is due at the beginning of class. For the video portion of the assignment, please upload your exported video to YouTube before class begins and bring the original iMovie file to class; Quinn will copy your iMovie file to his computer. For the memo portion of the assignment, please upload an electronic copy of your memo to the class website (at the Kinetic Text assignment link) and bring a paper copy of the memo to class.

  • 18 November - 24 November

    • Thanksgiving Break——No Classes

  • 25 November - 1 December

    • Week 15——Tuesday

      Topic: Second HTML Quiz. Styling web pages with CSS. Using Acropolis, FTP, and other tools to publish your website. Read: Finish Creating a Web Page with HTML. Review the list of Electronic Portfolio Resources. Assignment: Complete the tutorials in Creating a Web Page with HTML. Select a template for your electronic portfolio and be prepared to submit the URL for the template at the beginning of class.

    • Week 15——Thursday

      Topic: Continued discussion of HTML and CSS coding. Web design workshop. Assignment: Submit the URL for the rough draft of your electronic portfolio homepage.

  • 2 December - 8 December

    • Week 16——Tuesday

      Topic: Web design workshop. Assignment: Come to class with electronic versions of all artifacts to be included in your portfolio, as well as a customized homepage that features significant changes to the visual appearance of the template you selected.

    • Week 16——Thursday

      Topic: Individual conferences with Quinn to discuss your final portfolio. Assignment: Sign up for a 20-minute conference with Quinn on Thursday or Friday. Come to the conference prepared to show Quinn your complete portfolio. In other words, even if some of the pages are still under construction, you should have created the entire structure of your portfolio before coming to the conference. IMPORTANT: We will not meet as a class today, but the lab will be available during our class time for you to begin work on your portfolio.

  • 9 December - 15 December

    • Week 17——Final Exam (Wednesday, December 12, 9:45 a.m.)

      Topic: Electronic Portfolio presentations; instructor evaluations. Assignment: Before coming to the final, upload your memo of transmission to the class website in MS Word format. Then, add a post to the forum below with two links: one that goes to the original template you selected, and one that goes to your finished website. (Hint: use your newfound HTML skills to make the URLs actually work as links!)