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Infomatics 303: Writing Across Media
Spring 2011
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:45;
On Tuesdays, we will meet in the Oregon Computer Lab, 901 West Oregon;
On Thursdays, we will meet in the Nevada Lab,1203 1/2 West Nevada
http://patrickberry.com/wam11

 

 

course calendar
(all readings can be found on our class e-reserve site unless otherwise noted)

Date

Tuesday

Thursday


week 1
1/18 & 1/20

 
remediation
in class:
course introduction; introduce ourselves through “wordle”: http://www.wordle.net/; review creativecommons.org.

at home: Read Bolter and Grusin’s introduction to Remediation: Understanding New Media. Create blog in WordPress and post link to class blog.


remediation
In class: discuss Bolter and Grusin reading and writing processes.

at home: Read Harmon’s introduction to The Map as Art (to be provided), pp. 9–16, and Drucker’s “Language in the
Landscape,” Figuring the World,
pp. 90–99.

 

 

week 2
1/25 & 1/27

 

mapping the university
in class: discuss Harmon and Drucker; review Niemann’s art in New York Times article “My Way,” 3/10/10; review requirements for assignment #1: mapping.

at home: read selection from Turchi’s Maps
 of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer,
pp. 73–97; bring material for mapping assignment to class.

 

 

mapping the university
in class: discuss Turchi reading; mapping workshop.

At home: read Jenkins’ “Why Heather Can Write:
Media Literacy and the Harry Potter Wars, chapter 5, Convergence Culture, pp. 169-205 (to be provided).;

 

week 3
2/1 & 2/3

 

ways of seeing text
in class: watch clips from Helvetica; Photoshop workshop

at home: submit assignment #1: mapping.

 

 

networking, production, and circulation
in class: view Lessig’s free culture presentation; discuss copyright and fair use.

at home: read Aoki, Boyle, and Jenkins’ Bound by Law?, pp.1–35. Available at:
http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics/zoomcomic.html

 

week 4
2/8 & 2/10

 

networking, production, and circulation
in class: discuss Aoki, Boyle, and Jenkins’ Bound by Law?

at home: read Aoki, Boyle, and Jenkins’ Bound by Law?, pp.36–70. Available at:
http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics/zoomcomic.html

Post argument to main blog.

 

 

networking, production, and circulation
in class: create fair use response using http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/.

at home: read Elkins' "How to Look at a Postage Stamp," pp.
2-11, and Elkins' "Preface," vii-xi.

 

week 5
2/15 & 2/17

 

visual rhetoric
in class: discuss Elkins' readings; review assignment #2: one-minute visual argument.

at home: submit complete draft for assignment # 2: one-minute visual argument (see assignment prompt for dates and further instructions).

 

 

no class

 

 

week 6
2/22 & 2/24

 

aural/time-based (re)mediation
in class: audio demo; introduce assignment #3: podcast assignment.

at home: read McKee’s “Sound Matters: Notes Toward the Analysis and Design of Sound in Multimodal Webtexts," pp. 335-54. Create one-minute synthesis of article in podcast form. Upload mp3/mp4 to netfiles. Post link to your blog.

 

 

aural/time-based (re)mediation
in class: discuss McKee reading.

at home: Bring proposal drafts to class.

 

week 7
3/1 & 3/3

 

aural/time-based (re)mediation
in class: podcast discussion and workshop

at home: continue working on your podcast; create sophisticated draft and post mp3 to your blog.

 

aural/time-based (re)mediation
in class: podcast discussion and workshop

at home: assignment #3 due: podcast

 

 

week 8
3/8 & 3/10

 

aural/time-based (re)mediation
in class: listen to final podcasts; review assignment #4: video project

at home: read Hampe’s “Making Analogs of Reality," pp. 1-9 ; proposals for video assignment due on 3/10 (anytime)

 

 

No Class Meeting

 

week 9
3/15 & 3/17

 

moving images
in class: discuss Hampe reading; video workshop

at home: read “Hampe’s “Visual Evidence," pp. 49-68.

 

moving images
in class: discuss Hampe reading; video workshop

at home: collect footage

 

week 10
3/22 & 3/24

 

Spring Break

 

 

Spring Break

 

week 11
3/29 & 3/31

 

moving images
in class: video editing workshop; complete survey for assignment #5, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RPZR7TN

at home: post sophisticated draft of your movie (a .mov file) to: http://gallery.me.com/pb112233/100231 (This counts for 30% of grade.)

 


moving images
in class: video previews (will receive response from class and me).

at home: assignment #4 due: video project. Before class, post movie to http://gallery.me.com/pb112233/100246and post rationale to your blog (only one per group) anytime on 4/5.

 

week 12
4/5 & 4/7

 

representing theory across media

in class: view final movies; introduce last project

 

 

 
No Class Meeting


at home: read Haraway's Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto":http://www.stanford.edu/dept/HPS/Haraway/CyborgManifesto.html

Write a 900-word synthesis and post to your blog anytime on 4/12.

 

week 13
4/12 & 4/14


No Class Meeting

at home: Each group (per email/class discussion) will need to post a three-minute podcast to their blog that aims to further synthesize the Haraway reading. Must be posted before class on 4/14.


representing theory across media

in class: proposal workshop

at home: proposals are due on 4/18.

 

week 14
4/19 & 4/21

 

Group Conferences (by appointment)

 

Remediating Theory

 

week 15
4/26 & 4/28

 

Presentations

 

Presentations

 

week 16
5/3

 

Presentations

 

 

 

Patrick W. Berry
pberry2@illinois.edu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: English 338
Office Phone: 244-1391
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2-3, or by appointment