Overview

Through this accelerated, pre-session course, I want to enable students to incorporate new, digital tools into their own teaching of writing and literature. Whether you are a digital native or immigrant, I invite you to join us as we collaboratively learn by exploring available Web 2.0 tools (such as blogs and wikis) and creating and managing a personal webspace on a domain belonging to you. As we learn to utilize these tools, we will become acquainted with relevant theory and methodology, develop instructional strategies and classroom applications, and think critically about how to manage a professional web presence as 21st century academics. No prior digital-teaching experience is required, but you should be comfortable exploring new software with guidance. All students will be required to register for a shared server space through Reclaim Hosting at a cost of approximately $40 for the year. Please note, this is not a course in the use of Learning Management Systems such as Moodle or Blackboard. As the course approaches, please look for the website at sherwoodweb.org or feel free to email.

Official Description

Enables students to make professional choices by exploring the transformations of traditional conceptions of literacy as a consequence of the emergence of new media and digital networks. Fosters informed and critical production in the digital sphere, including how to control one's web presence; utilize web services and platforms; and compose and publish multi-modal projects. Facilitates literacy as a form of agency through workshops and projects. Satisfies the doctoral research skills requirement.

Rationale:

This new course, which has been successfully offered as a special topics course for several years, reflects the interests and needs of graduate students in English who benefit from development of "productive" digital literacy skills. This supports their coursework, scholarship, and eventual teaching skills. It also benefits the program by helping students of varied backgrounds to achieve some common levels of fluency as they look towards further coursework in the doctoral program.

Students will:

  1. Cultivate a professional online identity for the scholar and teacher with an awareness of changing disciplinary and cultural norms;
  2. Develop a digital writing "workflow" using appropriate techniques (exs. Markdown, HTML, CSS) to produce and publish on the web;
  3. Demonstrate working knowledge of simple markup to create and publish an academic website on a hosted server, managing their own web domain;
  4. Identify and critically evaluate tools for digital learning;

MA-level 756 goals:

  1. Explore personal learning environments appropriate to the discipline and to the academic goals of an MA student; demonstrate how platforms constrain and enable communication and interaction;
  2. Enhance their existing digital literacies by producing a project(s) with at least two multimodal elements: sound, images, visual design and typography, interactivity (exs. audio podcast, video, Twine game).

Doctoral-level 856 goals:

  1. Implement personal learning and teaching environments appropriate to the discipline, including but not limited to blogs and wikis and to academic goals including professional advancement and the job market, participation in disciplinary discourse, and contribution to the community or public sphere; demonstrating theoretical knowledge and practical application of how platforms constrain and enable communication and interaction;
  2. Enhance their existing digital literacies by producing a project(s) with a full range of appropriate multimodal elements: sound, images, visual design and typography, interactivity (exs. audio podcast, video, Twine game).

Areas

1.) Identity
-Digital publishing
-Disciplinary discourses
-Social media in academia
-Publishing
-Collaboration

2.) Workflow
-Introducing Markdown/HTML
-Visual design
-CSS

3.) Publishing
-Website creation
-File transfer
-Domain and subdomain management

4.) Critical Tool/Interface/Platform evaluation
-Beyond the LMS
-Personal learning environments
-Functional analysis
-Pedagogy and platforms: McLuhan, The Medium is the Message

5.) Web applications
-Installation and configuration of open-source web apps

6.) Multi-modal projects
Audio:
-Audio podcasts
-Introduction to audio recording
-Digital audio editing
RSS Feeds

Visual:
-Design and typography
-Introduction to Photoshop

Interactivity:
-Hypertext and interactive fiction
-Twine