Schedule

Abbreviations

In the list of readings below, I will use the following abbreviations for the course texts.

  • BWH: Alred, Brusaw, & Oliu. The Business Writer’s Handbook. 11th Edition. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015.
  • WP: MacDonald. WordPress: The Missing Manual. 2nd ed. O’Reilly, 2014. (online access via WVU Libraries)
  • W/D: Arola, Sheppard, & Ball. Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014.

Unless otherwise noted, all assignments listed on the syllabus are due before the start of class on the day they are listed.

Unit 1: Portfolio Websites

Unit goals: Create a website using the WordPress platform; understand and be able to relate basic concepts related to multimodal communication.

Date

Topic/Readings

Assignments

8/18 Topic: Course Introduction: What is multimedia writing?

Readings: NA

Typo bounty claims are due via email before 5 p.m. on Monday, 8/22. More info here.
8/23 Topic: Introduction to HTML & modes of communication

Readings:

  • Course syllabus: Description and RequirementsPoliciesAssignments, and Schedule.
  • W/D: Introduction and Ch. 1, What Are Multimodal Projects?, pp. 1–13 (pdf)
  • Read the following sections of the W3Schools HTML TutorialHTML Introduction, Basic, Elements, Attributes, Headings, Paragraphs, Styles, Formatting, Quotations, Colors, Links, Images, Lists, and one additional section of your choosing
Be able to access “Hello, World” HTML files in class. More info on what these files should contain here.
8/23 Last day to register, add new courses, make section changes, change pass/fail, and audit
8/25 Topics:  Creating a website in WordPress (WP): WP basics and editing HTML in WP

Readings: 

Complete one of the “Process!” activity on p. 9 and p. 11 of W/D. Bring a copy of your answers to the questions to class and be prepared to share your answers with your classmates. (Link to video for p. 9 assignment.)
8/30 Topics: WP pt. 2: Page layout on the web and intro to accessibility

Readings:

  • WP: Chs. 5-7, (skim for information for creating pages on WP, managing menus and site structure, and advanced posting)
  • W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, “Introduction to Web Accessibility
Complete the “write/design assignment” on p. 19 of W/D and be prepared to share your answers with the class.
9/1 Topic: Introduction to multimodal analysis

Examples (to be read in class): 

Your Portfolio Websites are due. To submit this assignment, email a link to your site to me at john [dot] jones [at] mail [dot] wvu [dot] edu

Unit 2: Multimodal Analysis

Unit goals: Understand and be able to relate concepts such as the rhetorical situation and design features of multimodal texts; cite sources in multimodal texts so that readers are able to identify and verify those sources and the information you obtain from them; develop a revision process that allows you to integrate constructive feedback from your peers into your work

Date

Topic/Readings

Assignments

9/5 Labor Day Recess
9/6 Topics: Rhetorical analysis: Audience and purpose

Readings:

  • BWH: “Five Steps to Successful Writing” and the sections on Purpose, Audience, and Context
  • W/D: Ch. 2, Analyzing Multimodal Projects, pp. 20–30
Identify a potential series of multimodal texts for your analysis and be prepared to share them with the class along with some brief notes on the purpose, audience, and context of each.
9/8 Topics: Rhetorical analysis: Context and Genre; Multimodal research

Readings:

HW: Identify the audience and purpose for the interactive feature on Simone Biles and write 1–2 short paragraphs explaining how it uses different modes and media to achieve this purpose.
9/13 Topic: Structure and organization of multimodal texts

Readings: 

  • BWH: Read the Methods of Development section of BWH along with all the sub-points listed under it in the “Organization, Writing, and Revision” section on the inside front cover.
9/15 Topics: Writing process; peer review

Readings:

  • W/D: “Preparing a Rough Draft for Feedback” and “Providing Feedback as a Stakeholder,” pp. 110–115
  • WP: (skim if necessary) Ch 10, Adding Picture Galleries, Video, and Music
Complete draft of Multimodal Analysis due on portfolio site (along with printout of short answers to questions on pp. 111–112 of W/D) before start of class
9/20 Topic: NO CLASS

Readings: NA

First submission of Multimodal Analysis due (follow submission instructions here)
9/22 Topic: Putting it all together

Readings: 

  • BWH: Unity, Coherence, Introductions, Conclusions, Layout and Design, Visuals, and Headings
9/27 Topic: Multimodal Analysis Workshop

Readings: 

  • WP: Chs. 8, 12
  • UPDATE: BWH, Revision
Be prepared to work on MA in class
9/29 Topic: Introduction to Video Remix assignment

Readings: NA

Final submission of Multimodal Analysis due (follow submission instructions here)

Unit 3: Video Remix

Unit goals: Understand the process for designing, drafting, and revising complex multimodal projects and apply this process to the creation of a video; apply principles of genre and rhetorical purpose to audiovisual media; successfully cite sources in manner appropriate to audiovisual media.

Date

Topic/Readings

Assignments

10/4 Topics: Preparing to work as a team; introduction to video creation: “Hello, World!” videos

Readings: 

  • W/D: pp. 77–86, Assembling your technologies and your team
  • W/D: pp. 93-99, Designing Your Project
Final submission of Multimodal Analysis due (follow submission instructions here)
10/5 Mid-semester
10/6 Topics: Team meetings; managing video sources

Readings:

  • W/D: pp. 86–92, Assembling Your Technologies and Your Team
  • W/D: pp. 57–63, Working with Multimodal Sources
“Hello, World!” videos due in course folder before the start of class. (See link for video tutorials and export instructions.)

Complete, printed drafts of Team Contracts (follow instructions on p. 86 of W/D) and Proposals (see instructions on pp. 90–92 of W/D) due at team meeting

10/11 Topics: Introduction to film grammar;  planning your video

Readings: 

  • W/D: pp.63–76, Working with Multimodal Sources
  • W/D: pp. 100–105, Designing Your Project
  • Affordances of Video
Final versions of Team Contracts and Proposals due at beginning of class.

Find an example of a video that you find stylistically compelling and be prepared to share it with the class

10/13 Topic: Peer review of storyboards

Readings: NA

Storyboards for Remix video due at start of class for peer review
10/18 Topics: Revision of multimodal documents; accessibility in audiovisual media

Readings: 

10/20 Topic: TBA

Readings: TBA

Rough Cut of Video Remix and Group Evaluation Form are due (submission instructions for Rough Cut can be found here)
10/25 Topic: Workshop final cut of video remix

Readings: Skim WP: Chs. 9, 13

10/26 Last day to drop a class
10/27 Topic: Introduction to Issue/Cause Website project

Readings: NA

Bring at least 2 written questions about the Issue/Cause assignment to class.

Unit 4: Issue/Cause Website

Unit goals: Understand and apply principles for effective group collaboration; adapt skills for multimodal composition and rhetorical analysis to the creation of a multimodal, rhetorically affective website; understand and apply principles of revision to the creation of new version of a personal website

Date

Topic/Readings

Assignments

11/1 Topic: Design basics

Readings:

  • BWH: HeadingsLayout and Design, and Lists
  • WSINYE ch. 4 (pdf)
Final cut of Video Remix and Group Evaluation Form are due (submission instructions for Final Cut can be found here)
11/3 Topic: Proposal meetings

Readings: NA

Proposals (and team contracts, if necessary) due at meeting
11/8 Election Day – No class
11/10 Topic: Website Organization

Readings: 

Find a website that you think is easy to navigate, and list all of the items in its main menu. Make at least three observations about what this menu says about the site’s organization. Be prepared to turn in your list/questions and discuss what you found.
11/15 Topic: Peer review of Issue/Cause sites

Workshop Issue/Cause sites

Readings: NA

Complete draft of Issue/Cause Site due for peer review
11/17 Topic: TBA

Readings: NA

First submission of Issue/Cause websites due (submission instructions)
11/19-27 Fall recess
11/29 Topic: Workshop Issue/Cause sites

Readings: NA

12/1 Topic: Peer review of Issue/Cause sites

Readings: NA

Issue/Cause Site due for peer review
12/6 Topic: TBA

Readings: NA

Final submission of Issue/Cause Website Due (submission instructions)
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