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
  • Read and discuss Dennis Baron’s “From Pencils to Pixels.”(available on
  • Read and discsuss Collin Brooke and Jeffrey Grabill’s “Writing is a Technology Through Which Writers Create and Recreate Meaning.”(available on
  • 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)

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

February 11, Week 6: Multimedias, part 1

February 18, Week 7: Race, ethnicity, cultural rhetorics

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.

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

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).