Course Calendar

Week 1

 Tuesday, Jan. 22

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)

Thursday, Jan. 24

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

Screening of a short video on Third Space:

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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).  Research/visit your physical and digital spaces. Take notes of what you observe.

Week 2

Tuesday, Jan. 29

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). Look for resources for your video project. Also interview people or collect responses for your questionnaires etc. Bring your resources to the class.

Thursday, Jan. 31

Discussion of “Social Media, Public Space, and Emerging Logics of Aggregation.” Workshop on video editing.

Homework: Work further on your video project.

Week 3

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Peer review of the video. Finalize your video.

Homework: Give a finishing touch to your video. Plan out presentation as a group.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Project Presentation

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

Week 4

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Synthesis heuristic; narrowing a research focus

Homework: Draft 4 pages of your essay

Thursday, Feb. 14

Peer-Review of your essay draft.

Homework: Complete the essay and submit through Canvas link by Friday, midnight

Week 5

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Project Space Due

Project Text Begins. Screening of Episode 1 of Money, Power and Wall Street documentary. We will put Money, Power and Wall Street and “Global Financial Problem” in conversation: what are the major issues raised in these texts? Are the issues different? If yes, why so? Is it because of time or media? Is the medium of delivery making any difference on impact, or effectiveness of the texts in audience?

Homework:  Read and blog on “Global Financial Crisis” (pp. 148-163) from Global Issues (PDF on Moodle)

Thursday, Feb. 21

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

Homework: Read and Blog on “Environmental Issues from Global Issues

Week 6

Tuesday , Feb. 26

Screening of part of PBS Documentary Global Warming: The Signs and the Science–

Discussion of reading (“Environmental Issues”)

Synthesis Exercise–how are the two texts 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.

Homework  Everyone please 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 Wednesday.

Thursday, Feb. 28

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 Moodle)

Week 7

Tuesday, March 5

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. You will evaluate in the class the print sources you brought to the class. You will also use criteria for evaluating online sources for locating popular sources for your essay/topic.

Homework: 1. Read and blog on “Global Terrorism” (pp. 99-125) from Global Issues (PDF on Moodle).  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.

Thursday, March 7

NO CLASS–Identify Interviewees or Primary Research Site; Arrange for interviews or field observation; Draft interview questions; Conduct interviews, if possible. You need to report progress in class on Wednesday. Bring your Laptop to class on Wednesday.

Week 8

Tuesday, March 12

A brief 1 min. reporting on your progress. We will discuss the components of research proposal (I will have handouts for you). We will also look at some sample proposals. We will also do narrowing the focus exercise.

Research proposal Assignment Distribution

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.

Thursday, March 14

We will share our research proposals in the class: claim/ thesis, sources, research methods etc. Evaluation Criteria Distributed and Explained

Sign-up with me for one-on-one Conference

Homework: Prepare the first draft of the essay submit it through Canvas link. Also print and bring the draft for peer review the next class.

Week 9: March 18-24 (No Classes–Spring Recess)

Week 10

Tuesday, March 26

Peer Review

Thesis Building Heuristic.

Thursday, March 28

Conference with Santosh at his office ST 834 (No Class)

Homework: Finalize your essay draft responding to my feedback and peer feedback and submit the final draft through Canvas link

Week 11

Tuesday, April 2

1. Watch Immediacy, Hypermediacy and Remediation Class Presentation

2.  Unpacking Paul V. Anderson’s “Creating Reader-Centered Websites” (on Canvas)

Homework: 1. Read and Blog on “Manifestation of Culture in Website Design” (article on Moodle) 2. Each one of you, look for resources on your topic/theme—scholarly articles, magazine/online articles, videos, audios, animations, images, interviews, cartoons etc.

Thursday, April 4

In-class: Discussion of “Manifestation of Culture in Website Design.” Setting up your remediated website.

Homework: 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 website.

Week 12

Tuesday, April 9

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?

Homework: Individual Blog post on “Testing Drafts for Usability and Persuasiveness.”(Chapter in Canvas)

Thursday, April 11

No class—usability testing—consent form, testing report

Homework: Finalize your remediated website.

Week 13

Tuesday, April.  16

Presentation of the first version of remediated website in the classroom.

Homework: Read and blpg on Sheila J. Ramsey’s “Interactions between North Americans and Japanese: Considerations of Communication Style” and Rakesh Bhatt’s “World Englishes.”

Thursday, April 18

Discussion of those two articles–What do the articles say about the globalized world and the intercultural communication?

Formation of Peer Groups–Group members meet and discuss their positionalities–languages, cultural values, festivals, costumes, food, and other relevant topics.

Homework: Plan for the second second version of websites. Based on your conversation with your peer, what additional resources do you need? How could your peer help you to collect those resources.

Week 14

Tuesday, April 23

Peer group work.

Thursday, April 25

Presentation on the second version of website

Week 15

Tuesday, April 30

Back to your digital portfolio–big final project

Thursday, May 2

Putting everything together in your portfolio.

Week 16

Tuesday, May 7

Digital Portfolio Demonstration–presentation on class on your portfolio/Course Evaluation.

Tips for Portfolio presentation–

You can include your bio, CV, blog posts for this course, group projects, and in a separate tab–a final portfolio that specifically includes–Project Web essay, project space essay, project text essay (you are currently working on), and a reflection paper (1-2 pages) for the whole semester. You can revise any of these projects, if you like. Good luck!

Homework: Finalize Everything—due on Wed.

Thursday, May 9 

Last Day (No Class)–Project Web/Portfolio Due–Send via email by Monday 11th May.