Course Calendar

Week 1

 January 22, Wednesday

Introduction to Syllabus. Setting up individual WordPress site. Posting Bio.

Workshop on Web Design: <Wordpress: >

1. Create pages, create posts–connect pages with posts and other pages.

2. Embed video/images, embed scribd doc.

3. Order menu, create sub-menu (parent-child), customize header, color, fonts, themes.

4. Add widgets–blogroll, Twitter, recent posts/comments.

5. Post bio. Group formation for web project

Homework: Read and blog on—“Sporting Safe in the Liminal Sphere: “Tactics” and Facebook” (PDF in Canvas).  Send me the link to your personal site @ by Saturday, January 25. Also post your first blog post to your website by Saturday, January 25. 

Week 2

January 27, Monday:

Description of 5-min Group Video Project and Individual Project Space Essay 

Screening of a short video on Third Space:

Discuss “Sporting Safe in the Liminal Sphere: “Tactics” and Facebook.”

Homework: Read and blog about “Libraries as Spaces Between Us: Recognizing and Valuing the Third Space” (PDF on Canvas).  Post your blog response to your personal website by Tuesday, January 28. Research/visit your physical and digital spaces. Take notes of what you observe.

January 29, Wednesday

Discussion of reading—“Libraries as Spaces Between Us: Recognizing and Valuing the Third Space.” Group Discussion around your spaces—Are your spaces public, private, or third spaces?

Homework: Read and blog on: “Social Media, Public Space, and Emerging Logics of Aggregation” (PDF on Canvas). Post your blog response to your personal site by Saturday, February 1. Look for resources for your video project. Also interview people or collect responses for your questionnaires etc. Bring your resources to the class.

Week 3

February 3, Monday:

Discussion of “Social Media, Public Space, and Emerging Logics of Aggregation.”

Discussion Questions on “Social Media, Public Space, and Emerging Logics of Aggregation” 

  1. What was the role of social media in “#Occupy Boston” movement? 
  2. What is the difference between cultural logic of networking and the cultural logic of aggregation? Think of some examples. 
  3. How did “#Occupy Boston” constitute powerful expressions of direct democracy in action? 
  4. How did #Occupy campers attempt to redefine or appropriate urban spaces? 
  5. What are some challenges of the cultural logic of aggregation?  

Workshop on video editing.

Homework: Work further on your video project.


February 5, Wednesday:

Put together the video as a group.

Homework: Keep working on the video and prepare a rough cut

Week 4

February 10, Monday:

First screening in the class. Whole class feedback on the projects

Homework: Finalize your video. Prepare for the presentation. Embed video to your personal website.

February 12, Wednesday:

Week 5

February 17, Monday

Final Video  Presentation 

Homework: Look for additional resources (scholarly articles, magazine/newspaper articles, videos/documentaries etc.) related to your chosen spaces to use in your individual essay, and bring them to class on Monday.

February 19, Wednesday

Narrowing down the topic, synthesis heuristics

Homework: Draft 4 pages of your essay

Week 6

February 24, Monday

Small Group Peer Review

Homework:  Finalize the Project Space Individual Essay



Project Text Begins. Screening of Episode 1 of Money, Power and Wall Street documentary. Writing short responses to the episode.

Homework:Read and blog on “Global Financial Crisis” (pp. 148-163) from Global Issues (PDF on Canvas). Post your blog response to your personal website by Tuesday, February 25.


Week 7

March 2, Monday:

Project Space Essay Due

Discussion of the causes and consequences of “Global Financial Crisis”

Screening of part of Earth Under Water Documentary:

Homework: Read and Blog on “Environmental Issues” from Global Issues (PDF in Canvas). Post your blog response to your personal website by Saturday, February 29.

Also start exploring your essay topic or research question/s. Remember your essay topic or research question/s should or could be on any global crisis of your choice. Try to look for something you are interested in and want to research further. Be ready to share your tentative topic/research questions to the class on Monday.

March 4, Wednesday:

Discussion of the reading, “Environmental Issues,” assigned for today.

Synthesis Exercise–how are the two texts– “Global Financial Crisis” and “Environmental Issues” connected? How are they different? How do they relate with the issues/crises you identified during your research on “global crises.”

Introduction to Annotated Bibliography Assignment. Annotations to 5 relevant scholarly sources is due to Canvas by March 31 (together with final draft of argument essay).

Virtual Tour of Oviatt Library: Practice locating relevant scholarly, popular and multimedia sources

Homework: Read and blog on Chapter 1 from Jack Selzer and Lester Faigley’s book Good Reasons: “Making an Effective Argument” (pp. 2-12), (Pdf on Canvas). Post your blog response to your personal site by Tuesday, March 3.

Week 8

March  9, Monday:  

We will unpack “Making an Effective Argument.” What constitutes an effective argument? Role of analysis and sourcing in effective argument. We will look at criteria for evaluating print and online sources.

Video on Evaluating Online Sources:

Homework: 1. Read and blog on “Global Terrorism” (pp. 99-125) from Global Issues (PDF on Canvas). Post your blog response to  your personal website by Saturday, March 7.  2. Start looking also for primary research data sources (potential interviewees, research sites, survey groups or any other sources to gather first hand data) Also locate at least 2 images related to your research topic.

March 11, Wednesday: 

A brief 1 min. reporting on your progress. 

Small Group Discussion on “Global Terrorism.”

We will discuss the components of research proposal (I will have handouts for you).  Research proposal Assignment Distribution

Practice Generating Two Potential Research Questions for your Argument Essay.

Homework: Complete data collection (interview or field visit or site observation or location of scholarly or popular sources). Please write a 250-word research essay proposal. Submit proposal to Canvas by Saturday, March 14.

Week 9

March 16-22 (Spring Recess)

Week 10

March 23, Monday:

Activities for the Day: 

  1. Download and complete narrowing the focus exercise ( find the “Narrowing the Focus” heuristics under file tab in Canvas) and submit it through Canvas link.
  2. Read Argument Essay Evaluation Criteria (PDF in Canvas)
  3. Prepare the first full draft of your argument essay. You must share your draft with a designated partner for peer review on Wednesday. Sign up for Google Docs if you haven’t already. 

March 25, Wednesday: Peer Review

Exchange your first full draft with your designated partner. You can use Google Docs to exchange your drafts. Use “Peer Review Sheet–Argument Essay” from files in Canvas for peer feedback. Also share your essay with me ( at Google doc, and don’t forge to CC me in the feedback you send to your partner/s. Names of Peer Review partners are already sent through your email. Check your CSUN inbox. A copy of email is posted below in case you missed it:

Dear all,
Below are your peer review partners. Please contact them via email or through Canvas and exchange your drafts. Please don’t forget to use “Argument Essay Peer Review Sheet ” from files in Canvas for the peer review. Group 9 members are going to review 2 drafts each given the uneven number of students in our class. Please let me know if you have any questions. When you exchange feedback, make sure to cc me ( All the best!

Group 1:
I. Marcos Aranda (
II. Karla Antounian (

Group 2:
I. Shannon Johnson (
II. Caitlin Cadena (

Group 3:
I. Meghri Ashekian (
II. Elizabeth Gomez (

Group 4:
I. Christina Sarkissian (
II. Andy Aquinobarrios (

Group 5:
I. Christopher Lubreski (
II. Robert Shainsky (

Group 6:
I. Nathaniel Merren (
II. Katie Belmontes (

Group 7:
I. Shaharyar Noaman (
II. Ronald Artest (

Group 8:
I. Elijah Harkless (
II.Bomi Aderinola (

Group 9:
I. Madelyn Johnson (
II.Cynthia Valle (
III. Alvin Singh (

Week 11

March 30, Monday: 

Revise your essay draft responding to your peer’s feedback and submit the Final Draft of your Argument Essay through Canvas link by Tuesday, March 31.

April 1, Wednesday:

  1. Read and annotate Text-to-Remediation Assignment
  2.  Watch Immediacy, Hypermediacy and Remediation Class Presentation:

3.  Read and Annotate Paul V. Anderson’s chapter “Creating Reader-Centered Websites” (on Canvas)

4. Also Read and Blog on “Manifestation of Culture in Website Design” (article on Canvas) Post your blog response to your personal website by Saturday, April 4.

5. Each one of you, look for resources on your topic/theme—scholarly articles, magazine/online articles, videos, audios, animations, images, interviews, cartoons etc. for your text-to-web remediation project.

Week 12

April 6, Monday: 

  1. Set up your remediated website either in WordPress, Wix, or Weebly. Create tabs, sub-tabs; learn to embed video, audio, and images. Post your brief bio and a professional picture. 
  2. Generate the content for your website from the essay (what could you possibly borrow from the essay for the website–would the essay content, as it is, fit the wider audience? Do you need to make a change in the style or level of the essay writing for the bigger internet audience? Brainstorm and generate actual content for your remediated website.

April 8, Wednesday:

Create a structure for your remediated website–what are the tabs? What goes into each of those tabs? What text, images, videos, animation, audios, interviews? What additional resources do you need? How can you get them? Put content and visuals into your remediated website.

Week 13

April 13, Monday:

Read and post a Blog on “Testing Drafts for Usability and Persuasiveness”(Chapter PDF in Canvas) by Tuesday, April 14.

April 15, Wednesday:  

Conduct a usability testing of your site with 5 people virtually. Please don’t forget to ask them to sign a consent form for clearance (Sample consent form is available under file in Canvas). Revise or further develop your website based on the feedback you receive during usability testing.

Week 14

April 20, Monday:

Peer Review of remediated websites. Send a link to your remediated website to your partner (listed below or as assigned through email). Send feedback to each other through email. cc me in the email (my email is

Group 1:

I. Marcos Aranda (

II. Caitlin Cadena (

Group 2:

I. Shannon Johnson (

II.Karla Antounian (

Group 3:

I. Meghri Ashekian (

II. Andy Aquinobarrios (

Group 4:

I. Christina Sarkissian (

II. Elizabeth Gomez (

Group 5:

I. Christopher Lubreski (

II. Katie Belmontes (

Group 6:

I. Nathaniel Merren (

II. Robert Shainsky (

Group 7:

I. Shaharyar Noaman (

II. Cynthia Valle (

III. Bomi Aderinola (

Group 8:

I. Elijah Harkless (

II.Alvin Singh (

Group 9:

I. Madelyn Johnson (

II.Ronald Artest (

April 22, Wednesday:

Prepare 10 slides for presentation around the process and experience of remediating an essay into a  website. Questions to consider in your presentation include:

  1. What topic does your website cover? Why did you pick that topic?
  2. How is your website organized? What are the tabs and sub-tabs and how are they related?
  3. Who is the primary audience of your website? Who is secondary?
  4. What did you change in the remediation process? Did you work on the level of language and word choice? Did you add more visual media? Why?
  5. What did you learn about the dynamics of media, content, style, audience, context and purpose during the remediation process? How did the website as a medium shape your content from the argument essay? Why didn’t you put everything from the essay into the website?What were your considerations for this decision?
  6. How did you locate and evaluate additional media for the website? What did you consider during the evaluation of the media?

Submit the presentation slides through Canvas.

Week 15

April 27, Monday

Finalize your remediated website around peer feedback and submit the link through Canvas.

April 29, Wednesday

Back to your digital portfolio–Start putting together your final portfolio. Without submitting the final portfolio, you won’t be able to pass this course. Please keep in mind, your final portfolio specifically includes–project space essay, project space group video, argument essay, link to your remediated website and a reflection paper for the remediation project, and an overall course reflection (1-2 pages) for the whole semester. You can also include your bio, CV, blog posts for this course, and anything else you want to showcase online. You can revise any of these projects, if you like. Good luck!

Week 16

May 4, Monday

Finalize everything in your portfolio (Final portfolio is due on Wednesday, May 6.)

May 6, Wednesday

Submit your final Digital Portfolio through Canvas.

Complete Evaluation for this course online.