Course Calendar Spring 2024

Week 1

January 24, 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 Friday, January 26. Also post your first blog post to your website by Friday, January 26. 

Week 2

January 29, 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 Friday, January 26. Research/visit your physical and digital spaces. Take notes of what you observe.

January 31, 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?

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

Workshop on video editing.

Homework: Work further on your video project.

Week 3

February 5, Monday:

NO CLASS due to Inclement Weather. Meet as a group and work on your Project Space Video. 

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

February  7, Wednesday:

Video Workshop. 

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

Week 4

February  12, Monday

Further Workshop on Group Video

Homework: As a group, prepare the final cut for presentation on Monday.

February  14, Wednesday

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.

Week 5

February 19, Monday

Narrowing down the topic, synthesis heuristics

Homework:  Draft 4 pages of your essay 

February 21, Wednesday:

Peer Review


  1. Finalize your Project Space Individual Essay
  2.  Read and blog on “The Socio-Economic Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)” (PDF on Canvas). Post your blog response to your personal website by Friday, February 23.


Week 6

February 26, Monday:

Project Space Essay Due

Discussion of the “The Socio-Economic Implications of the COVID-19.”

Screening of part of Earth Under Water Documentary:

Homework: Read and Blog on “Ripple Effect from Russia-Ukraine Test Global Economies” (Online), and “Risk of Global Recession in 2023 Rises Amid Simultaneous Rate Hikes” (online). Post your blog response to your personal website by Tuesday, February 27.

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.

February 28, Wednesday:

Discussion of the reading, “Ripple Effect from Russia-Ukraine Test Global Economies,” and “Risk of Global Recession in 2023 Rises Amid Simultaneous Rate Hikes” assigned for today.

Synthesis Exercise–how are the two texts– “The Socio-Economic Implications of the COVID-19” and “Ripple Effect from Russia-Ukraine Test Global Economies” 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 of 3 relevant scholarly sources is due to Canvas by  Sunday, 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 Sunday, March 3.


Week 7

March  4, 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 “THE GLOBAL THREAT LANDSCAPE IN 2020” (PDF on Canvas). Post your blog response to  your personal website by Tuesday, March 5.  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 6, Wednesday: 

A brief 1 min. reporting on your progress. 

Small Group Discussion on ““THE GLOBAL THREAT LANDSCAPE IN 2020.”

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 Sunday, March 10.

Week 8

March 11, Monday:

  1. Narrowing the focus exercise 
  2. Discussion of 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. 

March 13, Wednesday:

Peer Review


Week 9 (March 18-24)

Spring Recess


Week 10

March 25, Monday: 

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

March 27, 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, March 30.

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 11

April 1, Monday: 

Cesar Chavez Day (No Class)


April 3, Wednesday 

  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 (This website is separate from your digital portfolio set up at the beginning of the class). 
  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.

3. 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.

Sample Remediated Websites:

Week 12

April 8, Monday:

Read and post a Blog on “Testing Drafts for Usability and Persuasiveness”(Chapter PDF in Canvas) by Tuesday, April 9.


April 10, Wednesday:  

No Class: Conduct a usability testing of your site with at least 5 people (physically or 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 13

 April 15, Monday:

Peer Review of remediated websites.

April 17, 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?

Week 14

April 22, Monday

  1. Presentation of your slides in the class

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

April 24, Wednesday

  1. Presentation of your slides in the class (Cont’d)

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


Week 15

April 29, Monday

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!


May 1, Wednesday

Revise Essay 1, and 2

Week 16

May 6, Monday

Draft reflection paper, revise remediated websites.

Course Evaluation

Finalize everything in your portfolio (Final portfolio is due on Friday, May 10.)

May 8, Wednesday

No Class: Complete everything and submit your final Digital Portfolio through Canvas.


Student Portfolios, Spring 2024

Student Portfolios, Spring 2022