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.
  • MM: 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.

H01 students only

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

Unit 1: Personal Websites: HTML and WordPress

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

1/10 Topic: Course Introduction: What is multimedia writing?

Readings: NA

 1/12 Topics: Syllabus questions; introduction to modes of communication

Readings:

Come to class with two written questions about the syllabus or any other matter related to the course.

Typo bounty claims are due via email before 5 p.m. on Friday, 1/13.

1/13 Last day to register, add new courses, make section changes, change pass/fail, and audit
1/17 Topics:  Creating a website in WordPress (WP): WP basics and editing HTML

Readings: 

  • W/D: Ch. 1, What Are Multimodal Projects?, pp. 14–19 (pdf)
  • MM: Introduction (skim to get an idea of the outline of the book), Ch. 1: The WordPress Landscape, Ch. 2: Signing up with WordPress.com (skim); Ch. 4: Creating Posts (online access via WVU Libraries)
  • Read the following sections of the W3Schools HTML TutorialHTML Introduction, Basic, Elements, Attributes, Headings, Paragraphs, Styles, Formatting, Quotations, Colors, Links, Images, and Lists
Create your course folder (instructions) and place a copy of your  “Hello, World” HTML file (instructions) in it. 

Complete the “Process!” activity on p. 9 of W/D. (Link to video)

 1/19 Topics: WP pt. 2: Page layout on the web and intro to accessibility

Readings:

  • MM: 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
Be able to access your WordPress site in class. Complete the “write/design assignment” on p. 19 of W/D and be prepared to share your answers with the class.
1/24 Topic: Professional website analysis

Readings:

H01 only:

  • DD: Ch. 1, Networks, Place, and Rhetoric
Find the personal website of a professional in your field. Write a brief description of its content, organization, and design.
 1/26 Topic: Introduction to multimodal analysis Bring at least 2 written questions about the Multimodal Analysis assignment to class.

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

1/31 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

H01 only:

  • IC: Introduction (skim) and Ch. 1, Identity
Your Personal 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.

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.

 2/2 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.
2/7 NO CLASS

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.

H01 only:

  • IC: Ch. 5, Bullying
Before 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 2/7, complete this assignment
 2/9 Topics: Writing process; peer review

Readings:

  • W/D: “Preparing a Rough Draft for Feedback” and “Providing Feedback as a Stakeholder,” pp. 110–115
  • (skim if necessary) MM: Ch 10, Adding Picture Galleries, Video, and Music
Complete draft of Multimodal Analysis due on portfolio page (along with printout of short answers to questions on pp. 111–112 of W/D) before start of class
2/14 Topic: Structure and organization of multimodal texts

Readings: NA

1st submission of Multimodal Analysis due (follow submission instructions here)
 2/16 Topic: Putting it all together

Readings: 

  • BWH: Unity, Coherence, Introductions, Conclusions, Layout and Design, Visuals, and Headings
2/21 Topic: Multimodal Analysis Workshop

Readings: 

  • MM: Chs. 8, 12
  • BWH, Revision

H01 only:

  • DD: Ch. 4, The Michigan Central Train Station, pp. 143–158
Before the end of class, complete this assignment.
 2/23 Topic: Introduction to Video Remix assignment

Readings: NA

Bring at least 2 written questions about the Video Remix assignment to class.
2/24 Mid-semester

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

2/28 Topics: Preparing to work as a team; Introduction to video creation: storyboarding “Hello, World!” videos

Readings: 

  • W/D: pp. 93-99, Designing Your Project

H01 only:

  • IC: Ch. 7, Literacy
Final submission of Multimodal Analysis due

Storyboard templates: .pdf (via) | .doc (via)

 3/2 Topics: Managing video sources; introduction to film grammar; planning your video

Readings:

  • W/D: pp. 57–76, Working with Multimodal Sources
  • W/D: pp. 100–105, Designing Your Project
  • Affordances of Video
1). Find an example of a video with  stylistic elements you want to copy for your video, and email me a link to the video before 9 a.m. on 3/2.
2).
“Hello, World!” videos due in course folder before the start of class.
3/4–3/12 Spring Recess
3/14 Topics: No class meeting: Workshop day—Work on Storyboards

Readings: NA

 3/16 Topic: No class meeting: Storyboards due

Readings: NA

Storyboards for Remix video due in MIX Google Drive course folders before 11:30 am
3/21 Topics: Revision of multimodal documents; accessibility in audiovisual media

Readings: 

 3/23 Topic: Rough Cut peer review

Readings: NA

  • Bring a pair of headphones to class.
Rough Cut of Video Remix is due as a video file (.mp4, .wmv, etc.) in your MIX Google Drive Course folders before 11:30 am
3/24 Last day to drop a class
3/28 Topic: Workshopping final cut of video remix

Readings: Skim MM: Chs. 9, 13

 3/30 Topic: Introduction to Issue/Cause Website project

Readings: Issue/Cause Website assignment description

Bring to class 1) at least 2 written questions about the Issue/Cause assignment and 2) at least 2 ideas for the potential topic of your site.

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 effective website

Date

Topic/Readings

Assignments

4/4 Topic: Group collaboration

Readings:

  • W/D: Ch. 5, Assembling Your Technologies and Your Team
Final cut of Video Remix is due (submission instructions for Final Cut can be found here)
 4/6 Topic: Proposal meetings

Readings: NA

Proposals and Team Contracts due at meeting
4/11 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.
 4/13 Topic: Peer review of Issue/Cause sites

Readings: NA

Rough cut of Issue/Cause Site due for peer review (details TBA)
4/18 Topic: Design

Readings: 

  • BWH: Headings, Layout and Design, and Lists
  • WSINYE ch. 4 (pdf)
 4/20 Topic: TBA

Readings: NA

First submission of Issue/Cause websites due (submission instructions)
4/25 Topic: Workshop Issue/Cause sites

Readings: NA

 4/27 Topic: Final workshop for Issue/Cause sites

Readings: NA

Final submission of Issue/Cause Website due before noon on Friday, 4/28 (submission instructions).