Course Calendar

Week 1

Wed, Jan 21

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: Blog Post: Chapter 20 “Creating Reader-Centered Websites” Part 1 and 2 (on Moodle) from Paul V. Anderson’s Technical Communication

Week 2

Mon, Jan 26

In-class: 1. Unpacking Anderson’s chapter. 2. Brainstorming topic/theme for group project. 3. Further work with your site.

Homework: 1. Individual Blog post 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.

Wed, Jan 28

In-class: Discussion of “Manifestation of Culture in Website Design”

Proposal writing—for individual essay


Homework: Blog post on “Key Website Factors” (article on Moodle).Write proposal for your individual essay (proposal format in Moodle)

Week 3

Mon,Feb 2

Discuss “Key Website Factors.” Discuss individual proposals

Homework: Work on group website. Work on Individual essay draft, particularly on thesis/argument. Locate and evaluate resources for individual essays—articles, books, news articles, videos etc.

Wed, Feb 4

Workshop on thesis. Workshop on group site.

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

Week 4

Mon, Feb 9

No class—usability testing—consent form, testing report

Homework: Finish essay draft, finalize group web design. Bring printed draft of your essay to class on Wed. Send individual essay drafts and group website links to me. Don’t forget to share site with me by adding my email address to sharing permission box.

Wed, Feb 11

Peer review—both essay draft and Group web

Week 5

Mon, Feb 16

Project Presentation

Homework: Polish Individual Essay

Wed, Feb 18

Project Presentation

Homework: Finalize your individual essay—it’s due on next Monday. Read and blog on—“Sporting Safe in the Liminal Sphere: “Tactics” and Facebook” (PDF in Moodle)

Week 6

Mon, Feb 23

Project Space Begins. Project Space Assignment. Form Project Space Groups. 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 Moodle). As a group research/visit your physical and digital spaces. Take notes of what you observe.

Wed, Feb 25

Screening of a short video on Third Space:

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 Moodle) As a group, look for resources for your group project. Discuss the presentation method. Bring your resources to the class.

Week 7

Mon,March 2

Discussion on “Social Media, Public Space, and Emerging Logics of Aggregation.” As a group make an outline for presentation. Explore the medium of presentation. Workshop on the medium of presentation.

Homework: Gather more resources. Put together presentation.

Wed, March 4

Workshop on presentation.

Homework: Plan out presentation. Remember that you need to evenly divide the responsibility of presentation.

Week 8

Mon, March 9

Project Presentation

Homework: Look for resources (scholarly articles, magazine/newspaper articles, videos/documentaries etc.) related to your sites, and bring them to class on Wednesday.

Wed, March 11

Synthesis heuristic; narrowing a research focus

Homework: Finalize your draft and email me by Friday, Midnight.

Week 9

Mon, March 15

Conference with Professor (Sierra Tower 834)

Homework: Revise your draft based on my feedback.

Wed, March 17 No Class. Professor away to a Conference in Florida

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

Week 10

Mon, March 23

Individual Essay 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 annotate “Environmental Issues” (pp. 223-250) from Global Issues. . Look for instances of claims being made and supported—analytical claims, argumentative claims, explanatory claims. Go online and research some of the other issues associated with “global crises.” Keep a running list of them. We will come back to them in the next class. Download the sample annotated bibliography entry and the annotated bibliography assignment (from Moodle) and bring them to the class.

Wed, March 25

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.

Week 11

Mon, March 30

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)

Wed, April 1

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.


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.

Week 12

April 6—11 Spring Recess

Week 13

Mon, April 13 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.

Wed, April 15

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.

Week 14

Mon, April 20

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 (4+pages) of the essay. Print and bring the draft for peer review the next class.

Wed, April 22

Peer review (Peer Review sheet distributed).

Thesis Building Heuristic.

Homework: Complete the draft and email me an attachment

Week 15

Mon, April 27 Conference with Santosh at his office ST 834 (No Class)

Homework: Work on your portfolio

Wed, April 29 Conference with Santosh at his office ST 834 ( No Class)

Homework: Work on your portfolio

Week 16

Mon, May 2:

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.

Wed, May 6

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