This is current as of the first day of class; I suspect there will be some changes/additions/subtractions, and I’ll of course let you know when that happens.
January 7, Week 1: First Day of Class
- Class introductions and review of class web site, syllabus, schedule.
- “Invent Your Own Writing Technology” assignment introduced– it will be due next week!
- Book review assignment introduced.
- Blog/online notebook assignment; getting started with WordPress.
- A brief, selective, and biased history of composition studies (with computers!)
January 14, Week 2: Writing as Technology
- Read and discuss this brief selection from Plato’s Phaedrus.
- Read and discuss Walter Ong’s “Writing is a Technology that Restructures Thought.” (available on canvas.emich.edu)
- Read and discuss Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels.”(available on canvas.emich.edu)
- Read and discsuss Collin Brooke and Jeffrey Grabill’s “Writing is a Technology Through Which Writers Create and Recreate Meaning.”(available on canvas.emich.edu)
- Show and tell of “Invent Your Own Writing Technology” projects. Your short essay about your writing invention will be due today as well.
- Introduce book review project.
- Introduce the Codecademy “Hack and Yack” project.
January 21, Week 3: Defining Some Key Terms (Part 1)
- Read and discuss Kathleen Blake Yancey’s “Made Not Only in Words: Composition in a New Key.”
- Read and discuss selection from Jody Shipka’s Toward a Composition Made Whole. (available on canvas.emich.edu)
- Read and discuss Matthew Kirschenbaum’s “What is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?”
- Read and discuss Rafael C. Alvarado’s “The Digital Humanities Situation.”
- Read and discuss Jim Ridolfo’s and William Hart-Davidson’s “Introduction” in Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities.
January 28, Week 4: Defining Some Key Terms (Part 2) and Defining Some “Turf”
- Read and discuss Alexander Reid, “Digital Humanities Now and the Possibilities of a Speculative Digital Rhetoric” in RDH.
- Read and discuss James J. Brown Jr.’s “Crossing State Lines: Rhetoric and Software Studies” in RDH.
- Read and discuss Shannon Carter, Jennifer Jones, and Sunchai Hamcumpai’s “Beyond Territorial Disputes: Toward a ‘Disciplined Interdisciplinarity’ in the Digital Humanities” in RDH.
- Book review selection day!
February 4, Week 5: How (we think) students use technology
- Read and discuss Jessica Moore et al “Revisualizing Composition: How First-Year Writers Use Composing Technologies.”
- Read and discuss Brian McNely and Christa Teston “Tactical and Strategic: Qualitative Approaches to the Digital Humanities” in RDH.
- Read and discuss Doug Walls, Scott Schopieray, and Dániel DeVoss’s “Hacking Spaces: Place as Interface.”
- Read and discuss Lanette Cadle “Why I Still Blog.”
- Read and discuss Jana Rosinski, Chelsea Lonsdale, Becky Morrison, Derek Mueller, Adan Nannini “Lessons in Generative Design, Publishing, and Circulation: What EM-Journal’s First Year Has Taught Us.”
- Read and discuss Marc C. Santos and Mark H. Leahy’s “Postpedagogy and Web Writing.”
February 11, Week 6: Multimedias, part 1
- Read and discuss Dan Anderson, “The Low Bridge to High Benefits: Entry-Level Multimedia, Literacies, and Motivation.”
- Read and discuss Cheryl Ball “Assessing Scholarly Multimedia: A Rhetorical Genre Studies Approach.”
- Read and discuss Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins “Tales from the Public Domain: Bound by Law?”
- Read and discuss Renee Hobbs and Katie Donnelly’s “Toward a Pedagogy of Fair Use for Multimedia Composition” from Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom.
- Bonus feature: this is TBA, but check out RiP! A Remix Manifesto.
February 18, Week 7: Race, ethnicity, cultural rhetorics
- Read and discuss Tara McPherson’s “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation.”
- Watch and discuss Kimberly Christen Withey “On Not Looking: Ethics and Access in the Digital Humanities.” See also her web site.
- Read and discuss Angela M. Haas “Wampum as Hypertext: AN American Indian Intellectual Tradition of Multimedia Theory and Practice.”
- Read and discuss Jennifer Sano-Franchini’s “Cultural Rhetorics and the Digital Humanities: Toward Cultural Reflexivity in Digital Making” in RDH.
February 25, Week 8: Winter Break
March 3, Week 9: Writing and coding/hacking
- Book Review: Thomas Passwater, Remixing Composition by Jason Palmeri.
- Book Review: Laura Kovick, Intimacy and Friendship on Facebook by Alexander Lambert.
- Read and discuss “Hacking the Classroom”
- Read and discuss Annette Vee’s “Understanding Computer Programming as a Literacy.”
- Read and discuss Kevin Brooks, Chris Lindgren, and Matthew Warner’s “Tackling a Fundamental Problem: Using Digital Labs to Build Smart Computing Cultures,” in RDH.
- Read and discuss Karl Stolley’s “MVC, Materiality, and the Magus: The Rhetoric of Source-Level Production,” in RDH.
- Read and discuss David Gruber’s “New Materialism and a Rhetoric of Scientific Practice in the Digital Humanities,” in RDH.
March 10, Week 10 (Online): Multimedias, part 2 & Jody Shipka on March 11.
We won’t be meeting in person today because Jody Shipka will be on campus as the 2016 FYWP Winter Colloquium speaker. Shipka will give a presentation on Friday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. titled “Composition as (re)Collection” and there will be a workshop in the afternoon, “Re-imagining the Possibilities of Material Objects and Multimodal Composing from 1 to 3 p.m. While I realize this won’t work for everyone’s schedule, I strongly strongly encourage you to try to attend this! Space for the workshop will be limited, so you should RSVP for the afternoon session here.
- Read and discuss Daniel Anderson and Jentry Sayers’ “The Metaphor and Materiality of Layers,” in RDH.
- TBA readings, potentially from this special issue of Technical Communications Quarterly.
March 17, Week 11: Archives
- Book Review: Natasha Wickenheiser Writing on the Wall: Social Media- The First 2000 Years by Thomas Standage.
- Book Review: Meghan Phelps It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd.
- Read and discuss Jenny and Jeff Rice’s “Pop-Up Archives,” in RDH.
- Read and discuss Liza Potts’ “Archive Experiences: A Vision for User-Centered Design in the Humanities,” in RDH.
- Read and discuss Elizabeth Losh’s “Nowcasting/Futurecasting: Big Data, Prognostication, and the Rhetorics of Scale” in RDH.
March 24, Week 12: Publishing
- Book Review: Chris Stuart Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software by James Brown.
- Book Review: Geneva Korytkowski Creating Sustainable Learning Spaces, edited by Selfe, Carpenter, Apostel, and Apostel.
- Read and discuss Douglas Eyman and Cheryl Ball’s “Digital Humanities Scholarship and Electronic Publication” in RDH.
- Read and discuss Casey Boyle’s “Low Fidelity in High Definition: Speculations on Rhetorical Editions,” in RDH.
- Read and discuss Jeff Ward’s “Cloud Gate: Challenging Reproducibility.” (For other readings like this, see the open-source version of Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age.
March 31, Week 13: Futures
- Book Review: Scott Black The Culture of Connectivity by José van Dijict.
- Codecademy “Hack and Yack” projects are due!
- Read and discuss Douglas Walls’ “In/Between Programs: Forging a Curriculum between Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities,” in RDH.
- Read and discuss Brian Ballentine’s “Procedural Literacy and the Future of the Digital Humanities,” in RDH.
Read and discuss Cathy Davidson’s “Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions.”
- Read and discuss Janice Walker’s (et al) “Computers and Composition 20/20: A Conversation Piece, or What Some Very Smart People Have to Say about the Future.”
April 7, Week 14: Online Peer Review (CCCCs)
We won’t be meeting in person today because of the annual meeting of the Conference for College Composition and Communication in Houston, Texas. I’ll be going and I’m guessing some of you will be participating as well. We will use this week as the due date for the
- Blogging/online notebook assignment finishes!
- Peer review begins: By the time our class would normally begin (April 7, 6:30 pm), you need to begin the peer review process for the short essay project.
- Peer review ends: By the end of the day on Monday, April 11, you need to finish the peer review process for the short essay project.
April 14, Week 15: Let’s Wrap It Up
- The short essay project is due by class time today!
- Debriefing on the blogging/online notebook assignment.
- Possible date for book reviews (though only if there is a change in schedule earlier).
- Discuss and distribute the final.
April 21: Final and the “End of Time”
- We won’t meet physically for the final, but it will be due April 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM (Michigan time).