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Course Schedule

The following schedule offers a provisional plan for all work throughout the semester. We may revise it as needed. PDF readings are available for download at EMU Online (see Doc Sharing).

1.Week of Jan. 10-14
Syllabus and Schedule
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Yancey, "Made Not Only In Words: Composition In A New Key" (PDF)
Elbow, "The Doubting Game and the Believing Game—An Analysis of the Intellectual Enterprise" (PDF)
P1.Streams and Blog Setup (Wordpress; free account)

2.Week of Jan. 17-21
Kelly, What Technology Wants, pp. 1-188
Heilker and Vandenberg, Keywords in Composition Studies (selection, PDF)
P2.Keywords Setup (Word Watcher)
RSS and Google Reader

3.Week of Jan. 24-28
Kelly, What Technology Wants, pp. 192-268
Winner, The Whale and the Reactor (selection, PDF)
Etherpad (alternatives)
DL: Grace, Haley

4.Week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4

Kelly, What Technology Wants, pp. 269-359
Heidegger, "The Question Concerning Technology" (PDF)
DL: Kent

5.Week of Feb. 7-11
Selber, Multiliteracies for a Digital Age, pp. xi-73
Wysocki and Johnson-Eilola, "Blinded by the Letter: Why Are We Using Literacy as a Metaphor for Everything Else?" (PDF)
DL: Pam, Cate

6.Week of Feb. 14-18
Selber, Multiliteracies for a Digital Age, pp. 74-182
P3.Unit/Project Setup
DL: John, Bill

7.Week of Feb. 21-25
Selber, Multiliteracies for a Digital Age, pp. 183-235
Yonker, "Network Literacy: Practices, Definitions, Implications"
Rice, "Networks and New Media" (PDF)
DUE: Draft of P2.Keywords in Google Docs
Midterm Evaluation
DL: Jana

8.Week of Feb. 28-Mar. 4
Tu.1 Winter Recess (no classes)

9.Week of Mar. 7-11
Halavais, Search Engine Society
DUE: P3 Proposal/Idea (in Google Docs; no more than 200 words)
Twitter/Twitterfall/Google Realtime Search
DL: Kayla, Becky

10.Week of Mar. 14-18
Writing New Media, pp. 1-41 (Wysocki) and 199-235 (Johnson-Eilola)
Google Docs Drawing
DUE: P2.Keywords
DL: Jessica, Beth

11.Week of Mar. 21-25
Writing New Media
, pp. 67-146 (Selfe and Sirc)
Picnik/Flickr Creative Commons
DL: Elizabeth, Alisha

12.Week of Mar. 28-Apr. 1
CITCC, Selfe and Hawisher, "The Rhetoric of Technology and the Electronic Writing Class," 35-45
Reynolds, Presentation Zen (selection, PDF)
Syverson, The Learning Record, "Overview" and "Five Dimensions" (online)
In-class: Give me back my Facebook: What you don't understand about Web users

13.Week of Apr. 4-8
CITCC, Sorapure, Inglesby, and Yatchisin, "Web Literacy: Challenges and Opportunities for Research in a New Medium," 333-349
CITCC, Peterson, "The Debate about Online Learning: Key Issues for Writing Teachers," 373-38
DL: Vicki

14.Week of Apr. 11-12
Ignite Presentations

15.Finals Week - Apr. 13-19
Tu.19 Final Exam
Learning/Activity Inventory Due

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 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"In a digital universe, word, sound, and image share a common notation. They are, at a fundamental level, convertible into one another" (465). Richard Lanham, "Implications of Electronic Information"

"These days all technology follows computer technology" (159). Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants

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