Technologies Statement

The tech we will use in class:

Domain of One’s Own (DoOO)

WordPress blog site (WP)

Hypothes.is (annotation software)

Gradian (feedback tool)

Google Docs (feedback tool)

GSU email (check every day)

Library databases

Digital cameras and other recording devices

The WWW

Writing studies research shows that the technology we use shapes what we think and how we think about it. Daily experience shows us that writing in digital spaces comprises a major aspect of people’s professional and social lives. That is why this course incorporates digital literacy outcomes: we want to offer you materials, opportunity, and guidance composing writing in digital spaces. Likely you already have experience with this kind of writing. What we want to do is turn your attention to questioning how writing works in digital spaces (and in other material spaces). We will talk about which media to use, which technologies, and the role of that choice in the process of composing persuasive acts. The intention of the course is to bring these kinds of choices to your attention consistently.

WordPress Blog Sites

GSU offers students free WordPress blogging sites at sites@gsu. You might already have one of these sites set up and in use. If so, I ask that you create a new site, via the A Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) project here at GSU. There is a big difference between these services to you. The DoOO program (create.gsu.edu) lends you space on a server hosted by reclaim hosting, an internet provider working with GSU. With your “own” server space, you have the ability to purchase programs and tools far beyond those offered in the sites@gsu program. Also, when you leave GSU, you’ll have the opportunity to take over your reclaimhosting server space by beginning to pay the annual fees (around $25/yr). The sites@gsu program doesn’t offer you this option; when you graduate, your site space still doesn’t belong to you. You can’t take it with you. The work there disappears.

Paper

That said, there is no requirement that you use a WordPress blog, or any other digital media. You may complete the projects using any material you like, including paper (though I do require typed/printed work instead of handwritten work, unless official accommodations needed). If you choose to use paper, particularly for the Reading Response project, you will need to arrange for materials exchange with peers before due dates. You will also be responsible for submitting the paper copies to me, in person, in class, and completing a “Gradian submission” for each work on which you require feedback/points.

If you choose to avoid the digital this semester, I suggest keeping all of your process work in folders, organized chronologically, as this work contributes to Participation points.

Privacy & Security

The WordPress blog enables you to make posts private or password protected. Reclaim hosting also requires login credentials. Hypothes.is also gives you a “Only me” or “Public” option (for your reading response annotations). If you choose not to make your work public, inviting reading from me and your peers on the front end, you will need to make me a collaborator on your site, so I can read your work from the back end, or publish your work as “password protected” and provide me (and any peer reviewers) the password.

Why are we doing this?

Persuasion involves audience. Your work, when published online, reaches out to a potential audience much larger than the one offered by this course. Although it isn’t likely that your website, without advertising it or making it search-engine-optimized, will cultivate much of a wider audience, it is possible internet surfers might read your work and respond to it. Furthermore, the posts and pages you leave published will remain available for people to find if they’re looking for them, like potential employers or family members. Whether you publish your work in your blog space or not, or keep your work readable by a larger public is entirely up to you.

This class values critical thinking as a process and it means to encourage you to try out challenging ideas, to get political, to take a stance and argue for it. This might not be work you want published, for a larger audience to view, particularly if you think someone might read your work and react negatively to it. Whether you publish your work in your blog space or not, or keep your work readable by a larger public is entirely up to you.

Cultivating audience awareness is a large part if this course. When you make the choice to publish your work, or not, on your blog site, do so intentionally. Remember: paper is always an option.

Participation Points suggestions: