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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. 6-10
Tu.7 Cancelled (weather)

2.Week of Jan. 13-17
Tu.14 Ecologies of Practice/Ecologies of Writing
Introductions
Syllabus and Schedule
Work/Space Ecology Map+Account Setup
Richard Coe, "Eco-Logic for the Composition Classroom" (PDF)
Marilyn Cooper, "The Ecology of Writing" (PDF)
Coe and Cooper Teamed Slides (in class)
Writing Systems Project Setup

3.Week of Jan. 20-24
Tu.21 Words, Keywords, and Word Watching
Kathi Yancey, "Made Not Only In Words: Composition In A New Key," CCC (PDF)
Paul Heilker and Peter Vandenberg, Keywords in Composition Studies (selections, PDF)
Keywords in C&W Setup

4.Week of Jan. 27-31

Tu.28 Cancelled (weather)

5.Week of Feb. 3-7
Tu.4 Writing Systems I
Peg Syverson, "Introduction: What Is an Ecology of Composition?", Wealth of Reality (PDF)
Louise Phelps, "The Contextualist Hypothesis," from "Constructing an Ecology of Composition" in Composition as a Human Science (PDF)
Work/Space Ecology Map+Account Due in EMU Online Dropbox
Writing Systems Project Proposal

6.Week of Feb. 10-14
Tu.11 Ecologies of Practice II
Collin Brooke, "Interface" and "Ecology," pp. 1-58

7.Week of Feb. 17-21
Tu.18 Invention
No class (WRAB)
Collin Brooke, "Proairesis," pp. 61-86
Fr.21 Draft of Keywords in C&W Due in EMU Online Dropbox

8.Week of Feb. 24-28
Tu.25 Winter Recess (no classes)

9.Week of Mar. 3-7
Tu.4 Arrangement and Style
Collin Brooke, "Pattern" and "Perspective" and pp. 89-140
Midterm Evaluation (Google Forms)
Google Doc (Writing Systems and Draft Questions)

10.Week of Mar. 10-14
Tu.11 Persistence/Memory
Guest Skype with Collin Brooke, Assoc. Professor, Syracuse University
Collin Brooke, "Persistence," pp. 143-167
Keywords in C&W Due in EMU Online Dropbox

11.Week of Mar. 17-21
Tu.18
Collin Brooke, "Performance," pp. 169-192
Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen (selection, PDF)
Flickr/Creative Commons/Pecha Flickr
Ignite Presentation Setup

12.Week of Mar. 24-28
Tu.25
Collin Brooke, "Discourse Ex Machina, A Coda," pp. 195-200
Casey Boyle, Lingua Fracta review in Kairos
Kerri Hauman, Lingua Fracta review in C&C Online
Guest Skype with Kerri Hauman, Asst. Professor, Transylvania University (6:40 p.m.)
Guest Skype with Casey Boyle, Asst. Professor, University of Utah (7:20 p.m. EST/5:20 p.m. MST)
Philosophy Statement Setup and Workshop

13.Week of Mar. 31-Apr. 4
Tu.1 (Computers and) Writing at the Edge
Mark Taylor, "From Grid to Network" (selections), The Moment of Complexity (PDF)
Sid Dobrin, "The Edge of Chaos," from Postcomposition, pp. 158-186 (PDF)

14.Week of Apr. 7-11
Tu.8 Open
TBD

15.Week of Apr. 14-18
Tu.15
Ignite Presentations
Ignite Slidedeck Due in EMU Online Dropbox NLT Monday at 12:30 p.m.
Fr.18 Writing Systems Project Due in EMU Online Dropbox

16.Week of Apr. 23-27
Tu.22 "Crafting Conference Proposals" Workshop, 6-7 p.m.
Philosophy Statement Due in EMU Online Dropbox

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
dmueller@vt.edu
http://derekmueller.net/rc/

"The mantras of composition studies have worn thin, no longer offering answers that satisfy emerging questions about writing in its networked, hyper-circulatory condition" (187). Sid Dobrin, Postcomposition

"As we turn to the production of interfaces, of digital writing, we require a model capable of taking account of not simply the process leading up to a release, but the activity that follows as well" (38). Collin Brooke, Lingua Fracta: Towards a Rhetoric of New Media

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