Week 15 (April 17 & 19)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Personal/Professional Website deadlines
  1. Personal/Professional Website revisions due as soon as possible if you haven't already turned them in.
  2. Design Rationale and Project Reflection due April 20 at 11:59 pm

  1. Design Competition deadlines
  1. Revised design fiction, style guide, and prototype due April 20 at 11:59 pm
  2. Design Rationale and Project Reflection due April 27 at 11:59 pm

  1. Group 2, Blog Post 10: Copyright and Fair Use due Friday, April 20, by 11:59 pm (note extended deadline)

  1. We'll have Revolution Doughnuts in class Thursday.

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Meet with Dr. Wharton to discuss your progress since midterm and questions you have about remaining course work (+20)

Week 14 (April 10 & 12)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Website Design Competition Project pitch presentations in class on Tuesday and Thursday
  2. Personal/Professional Website revisions due Friday, April 13, by 11:59 pm
  3. Group 1, Blog Post 9: Integrating Social Media due Friday, April 13, by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Meet with Dr. Wharton to discuss your progress since midterm and questions you have about remaining course work (+20)

Looking ahead:

Design Competition deadlines

Personal/Professional Website deadlines

Week 13 (April 3 & 5)

**********NO CLASS MEETING ON THURSDAY APRIL 5**********

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Design Competition project, draft templates/sitemaps/mockups/wireframes due Thursday, April 5 by class time
  2. Group 2, Blog Post 8: Web 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 due Monday, April 9, by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Meet with Dr. Wharton to discuss your progress since midterm and questions about the final project (+20)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Work on Design Competition Project in class

*Discuss pitch presentations

Looking ahead:

Design pitch presentations, April 10 and 12 during class

Week 12 (March 27 & 29)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Read/review prompts and posts for Blog Posts 6 & 7
  2. Group 1, Blog Post 7: Attributing Sources and Ethical Reuse due Friday, March 30 by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Meet with Dr. Wharton to discuss your progress since midterm and questions about the reflective essay or final project (+20)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Discuss spatial rhetoric (layout and design)

*Discuss ethical reuse

*In-class work on templates/sitemaps/mockups/wireframes

Looking ahead:

Design Competition project, draft templates/sitemaps/mockups/wireframes due Thursday, April 5 by class time

Week 11 (March 20 & 22)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Revised design fiction and draft style guide due Friday, March 23, by 11:59 pm
  1. Submit a link to your team's revised design fiction and draft style guide under the design competition project on Gradian.
  2. Write up a reflection about the process your team used to come up with and create your draft style guide. How did the decision-making process work? Who did what? Submit the link to your post under participation > class prep on Gradian.
  1. Re-read:
  1. "Designs of Meaning: Tools for Digital Storytellers," by Aimée Knight and Austin Starin
  2. "How to Create a Web Design Style Guide," by Tomas Laurinavicius
  1. Group 2, Blog Post 6: Chunking Text/Grouping Elements due Friday, March 23 by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Work with your team to come up with a regular meeting or check-in schedule, post the schedule to your blog (+20)
  3. Work with your team to create a Slack channel, a Facebook group, or a collaborative Google doc where you can collaborate, share ideas, and brainstorm; add me to the channel/group/doc or submit a link via Gradian (+20)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Design competition project collaborative work

*Work on exhibit templates, revising design fiction and style guide

Looking ahead:

Design Competition project, draft templates/sitemaps/mockups/wireframes due Thursday, April 5 by class time

Week 10 (March 13 & 15)

*****NO CLASS MEETINGS THIS WEEK. GSU SPRING BREAK.*****

Week 9 (October 17 & 19)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Read:
  1. "Designs of Meaning: Tools for Digital Storytellers," by Aimée Knight and Austin Starin
  2. "How to Create a Web Design Style Guide," by Tomas Laurinavicius
  3. "13 magically meticulous design style guides," by Craig Stewart

  1. Group 1, Blog Post 5: Navigation and Menus due Friday, March 9 by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Work with your team to come up with a regular meeting or check-in schedule, post the schedule to your blog (+20)
  3. Work with your team to create a Slack channel, a Facebook group, or a collaborative Google doc where you can collaborate, share ideas, and brainstorm; add me to the channel/group/doc or submit a link via Gradian (+20)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Design competition project collaborative work

*Work on revised design fiction and style guide

Looking ahead:

Week 8 (February 27 & March 2)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Re-read:
  1. Design Competition project description
  2. "The Phoenix Project," by Robin Wharton
  3. Atlanta Artifacts project site
  4. "What is the Future of the Museum?" by Sam Thorne
  5. "Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction," by Julian Bleecker
  1. Draft design fiction due Friday, March 2 by 11:59 pm
  2. Class prep (50 points) to be completed by Friday 3/2:
  1. Post one question about the Design Competition Project to your blog. Use category "SOS."
  2. Submit a link to your team's draft design fiction under the design competition project on Gradian.
  3. Write up a reflection about the process your team used to come up with and create your draft design fiction. How did the decision-making process work? Who did what? Submit the link to your post under participation > class prep on Gradian.
  1. NO BLOG PROJECT POST DUE THIS WEEK -- we're taking two weeks off to get the design competition project underway

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Work with your team to come up with a regular meeting or check-in schedule, post the schedule to your blog (+20)
  3. Work with your team to create a Slack channel, a Facebook group, or a collaborative Google doc where you can collaborate, share ideas, and brainstorm; add me to the channel/group/doc or submit a link via Gradian (+20)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Create teams for design competition project

*Design competition project collaborative work

*Design fiction discussion and drafting

Looking ahead:

Read for Week 9

Design Competition project, revised design fiction and draft style guide due March 23 at 11:59 pm

Week 7 (February 20 & 22)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Reading:
  1. Design Competition project description
  2. "The Phoenix Project," by Robin Wharton
  3. Atlanta Artifacts project site
  4. "What is the Future of the Museum?" by Sam Thorne
  5. "Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction," by Julian Bleecker
  1. Class prep, 30 points (to be completed by Friday 2/23, discussion of roles and role selection process will take place in class Thursday):
  1. Review the "Overview of Design Project Roles and Guidelines for Submitting a Statement of Interest" (http://spring2018.robinwharton.net/digwritepub/uncategorized/overview-of-design-project-roles-and-guidelines-for-submitting-a-statement-of-interest/) on our course website
  2. Decide which project role is your  first choice, and which role would be an acceptable second choice
  3. Compose and post to your blog a statement of interest in which you identify your first and second choices and explain why you would do a good job fulfilling either role
  4. Submit the link to your post on Gradian
  1. NO BLOG PROJECT POST DUE THIS WEEK -- we're taking two weeks off to get the design competition project underway

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Discuss any questions about final draft submission for personal/professional website project

*Discuss roles for design competition project and statements of interest for role selection process

*Discuss design competition project

Looking ahead:

Re-read for Week 8

Design Competition project, draft design fiction due March 2 at 11:59 pm

Week 6 (February 13 & 15)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to tell me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Reading:
  1. Joshua Reeves, "Digital Rhetoric, Flow, and the Possible" (available in the course readings folder on Google Drive)
  1. Class prep, 20 points:
  1. Review the prompt and the rubric for the Personal/Professional Website Design Rationale and Reflection: http://fall2017.rswsandbox.net/digwritepub/about/#PPSiteAnchor|3 (under the "Reflection" tab)
  2. Create a post on your blog in which you ask any of the questions you have about the reflection prompt, and summarize any issues or questions you still need to resolve in order to revise and finalize your website design. Submit a link to the post on Gradian, under Participation > Class Prep
  1. Group 2, Blog Post 4: Design Fiction (http://spring2018.robinwharton.net/digwritepub/blog-project-prompts/blog-post-4-design-fiction/), February 16 by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Turn in an early draft of Blog Post 4, conference/revise/reflect (with Dr. Wharton or the Writing Studio) before 2/16 (+50)
  3. Find your peer's blog posts for Blog Posts 2 and 3 and comment (+15)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Hypertext and navigation on the web

*Author/audience engagement in online spaces

*Designing and defining user experience

Looking ahead:

Read for Week 7

Group 1, Blog Post 5 due February 23 at 11:59 pm

Personal/professional website final draft due February 23, by 11:59 pm

Week 5 (February 6 & 8)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, telling me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Reading:
  1. Howard Rheingold, "Crap Detection Mini Course"
  2. Re-read Adi Robertson, "Why the alt-right can't build and alt-internet" (The author of this piece is critical of the alt-right, but the article does contain images of and quotes from far-right nationalist propaganda that may be disturbing.)
  1. Class prep, 30 points:
  1. Submit a link on Gradian to the working draft of your personal/professional website by class time on Tuesday.
  2. Personal/professional website reflection notes post:
  1. Create a blog post in which you make a list of all of the design decisions you have made thus far regarding your personal/professional website (these can include theme, color, images, tone, content, navigation, layout, self-presentation, purpose, audience, etc., etc.)
  2. For each item on the list, write one or two sentences to describe the decision you made, and two or three sentences to provide the rationale/reasoning behind your decision. You can make your post password protected if you'd like. Submit the link to your blog post on Gradian (along with the password if I'll need it to see your post).
  1. Complete draft of personal/professional website due by 11:59 pm this Friday, February 9.
  2. Group 1, Blog Post 3: Using Color (http://spring2018.robinwharton.net/digwritepub/blog-project-prompts/blog-post-3-using-color/), February 9 by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Turn in an early draft of Blog Post 3, conference and revise (with Dr. Wharton) before 9/22 (+50)
  3. Find your peer's blog posts for Blog Posts 2 and 3 and comment (+15)
  4. Turn in an early draft of your personal/professional site, conference and revise (with Dr. Wharton) before 2/23 (+50)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Creating and evaluating credibility on the web

*Workshop of personal/professional websites

Looking ahead:

Read for Week 6

Group 4, Blog Post 4 due February 16 at 11:59 pm

Personal/professional website final draft due February 23, by 11:59 pm

Week 4 (January 30 and February 1)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, telling me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Reading:
  1. Liz Lane, "Feminist Rhetoric in the Digital Sphere"
  2. Adi Robertson, "Why the alt-right can't build and alt-internet" (The author of this piece is critical of the alt-right, but the article does contain images of and quotes from far-right nationalist propaganda that may be disturbing.)
  1. Class prep, 20 points:
  1. Carefully consider whether your site will display your full name or an image of yourself
  2. Write up a quick blog post about the decision you made with regard to both your name and image and your reasoning behind those decisions. You can make your post password protected if you'd like. Submit the link to your blog post on Gradian (along with the password if I'll need it to see your post).
  1. Lynda.com “WordPress Essential Training” Tutorial (individual), February 2 by 11:59 pm
  1. GSU students have free access to Lynda.com: http://technology.gsu.edu/technology-services/it-services/training-and-learning-resources/lynda-com-training/ 
  1. Group 2, Blog Post 2: Another Multimodal Rhetorical Analysis (http://spring2018.robinwharton.net/digwritepub/blog-project-prompts/blog-post-2-another-multimodal-rhetorical-analysis/), February 2 by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Turn in an early draft of Blog Post 2, conference and revise (with Dr. Wharton or the Writing Studio) before 2/2 (+50)
  3. Find your peer's blog posts for Blog Post 2 (http://spring2018.robinwharton.net/digwritepub/category/blog-post-2/) and comment (+15)
  4. Turn in an early draft of your personal/professional site, conference and revise (with Dr. Wharton or the Writing Studio) before 2/9 (+50)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Discussion of ethics and representation

*Clarifying ethos for personal/professional website

Looking ahead:

Read for Week 5

Group 3, Blog Post 3 due February 9 at 11:59 pm

Personal/professional website working draft due by Friday, February 9 at 11:59 pm

Week 3 (January 23 & 25)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, telling me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Reading:
  1. Arola, Sheppard, and Ball, “Analyzing Multimodal Projects” in Writer/Designer
  2. Pullman and Gu, "Rationalizing and Rhetoricizing Content Management"
  3. Both readings are available in our shared folder on Google Drive
  1. Class prep, 30 points:
  1. Begin the WordPress Essential Training Tutorial on Lynda.com (You should complete the entire tutorial by February 2 at 11:59 pm.).
  2. GSU students have free access to Lynda.com: http://technology.gsu.edu/technology-services/it-services/training-and-learning-resources/lynda-com-training/ 
  3. Work through the modules up to "Customizing Your Theme"
  4. Select, install, and customize a new theme for your site. You can always change the theme later.
  5. Write up a quick blog post about the theme you chose and why, and how you customized it. Submit the link to your blog post on Gradian.
  1. Due: Group 1, Blog Post 1: Website Rhetorical Analysis (http://spring2018.robinwharton.net/digwritepub/uncategorized/blog-post-1-multimodal-rhetorical-analysis/), January 26 by 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Turn in an early draft of Blog Post 1, conference and revise (with Dr. Wharton or the Writing Studio) before 9/8 (+50)
  3. Find your peer's blog posts for Blog Post 1 and comment (+15)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Discussion of multimodal rhetorical analysis

*Identifying the rhetorical situation for personal/professional website

*Discussion of rhetoric and content management

Looking ahead:

Read for Week 4

Group 2, Blog Post 2 due February 2 at 11:59 pm

Lynda.com “WordPress Essential Training” Tutorial due 11:59 pm on February 2 (GSU students have free access to Lynda.com tutorials http://technology.gsu.edu/technology-services/it-services/training-and-learning-resources/lynda-com-training/)

Week 2 (January 16 & 18)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where readings that aren't readily available online (and linked in this overview) can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to telling me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Reading:
  1. Description of Personal/Professional Website project on course website
  2. Description of Tutorials project on course website
  3. Williams, "Disability, Universal Design, and the Digital Humanities,"
  4. Godden and Hsy, "Universal Design and Its Discontents"
  5. Arola, Sheppard, and Ball, “What Are Multimodal Projects?” in Writer/Designer.
  1. Class prep, 30 points:
  1. Do some exploring online to find two or three sites that you'd like to use as models for your own personal or professional website.
  2. Write up a blog post that discusses why these websites are appropriate and appealing for your own purposes and what strategies or techniques you plan to adapt from them.
  3. Submit the link to your post on Gradian by class time on Thursday.
  1. Due: Code Academy “Make A Website” Tutorial (individual), January 19, 11:59 pm

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Complete an “About Me” page on your website (+20)
  3. Turn in an early draft of Blog Post 1, conference and revise before 1/26 (+50)

 

What are we doing in class?

*Discussion of accessibility and universal design

*Identifying the rhetorical situation for personal/professional website

*Tutorial projects

Looking ahead:

Read for Week 3

Group 1, Blog Post 1 due January 26 at 11:59 pm

Week 1 (January 9 & 11)

A note about the course readings: I've shared via email a link to the Google Drive readings folder where these can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all assigned reading for the week should be complete by class time Tuesday. If you can't find the readings, email me at least 24 hours in advance of class, and I can re-send you the link to the readings folder on Drive. Please, do not show up to class not having read, to telling me you couldn't find the readings.

Due:

  1. Class prep, 20 points: Configure personal domain and WordPress site
  2. Read course syllabus
  3. Read for Thursday Arola, Sheppard, and Ball, “What Are Multimodal Projects?” in Writer/Designer. Readings are in the shared folder on Google Drive.
  4. Review create.gsu.edu support documentation (http://support.gsucreate.org/):
  1. "Signing up"
  2. "WordPress"
  3. http://bit.ly/gsucreatesetup

Extra points suggestions:

  1. Syllabus quiz (Ctrl/Right click to open link in a new window or tab) and review of web resources (+50)
  2. Complete an “About Me” page on your website (+20)

 

What are we doing in class?

*The Thing From the Future

*Getting Started With create.gsu.edu

*Setup of website

Looking ahead:

Read for Week 2

Code Academy “Make A Website” Tutorial (individual) due January 19, 11:59 pm