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505.3 Chronography and Presentation (30%, 30 points)

Develop a media-rich timeline that either 1) provides an alternative presentation of your work one piece from Project Two, or 2) addresses another issue related to our study this semester. You will design the timeline in class at the appropriate link listed below. The timeline should imaginatively introduce some perspective or line of inquiry connected to rhetorics of science and technology. It will likely include a range of media elements, and you should develop these mindful of the ways they function together. You will have two full weeks to complete the timeline with substantial in-class time to work on it before sharing it with your classmates on Wednesday, December 12, the day it is due.

Timelines should consist of between 10 and 20 panels, and they should include at least one of each of the following: an image, a quotation, a video clip, and an audio track.

Where Can I Find My Timeline Workspace?
Each of you has been assigned a workspace below. Note that Timeline JS works with two files: a viewport (or html file you should view in your browser) and a Google Spreadsheet sandbox (this is the space where you control what populates the timeline). To access the spreadsheet (Sandbox), you must click on the link and request access. I will grant you access as soon as I receive your request.

Jennifer Viewport 01 Sandbox 01
Adam Viewport 02 Sandbox 02
Ryan Viewport 03 Sandbox 03
Neil Viewport 04 Sandbox 04
Dan L. Viewport 05 Sandbox 05
Beth Viewport 06 Sandbox 06
Dan R. Viewport 07 Sandbox 07
Tim Viewport 08 Sandbox 08

Once you have access to the spreadsheet sandbox, you should begin to explore the possibilities for composing using Timeline JS. Add a hyperlink or a note in the spreadsheet, save it, flip to the viewport, refresh, and you will see your changes immediately. We'll spend plenty of time in class getting a feel for how this works.

The completed project is due on Wednesday, December 12. Each of you will briefly present your work in class that evening. In addition to the project, write a reflective account of approximately 750 words in which you discuss choices you made and moments of learning (which could include discoveries and pitfalls along the way). Submit the reflective piece to EMU Online and include a link to your work in the file.

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2020 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"Rhetoric of science is simply, then, the study of how scientists persuade and dissuade each other and the rest of us about nature, —the study of how scientists argue in the making of knowledge" (xii). Randy Harris, "Introduction," Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies

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