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Molloy College English Department

Semester:_____Spring 2017______________
Faculty:_____Matt Applegate____________________
Course Number & Section(s):____ENG 200-01____
Title:______Writing in the Digital Age: An Introduction________
Catalogue Description:
Credit:__3___
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the basic purpose, importance,
and process of writing on digital platforms. Students will develop skills through the
formation of web pages. Students will also enhance their ability to write for social
networking sites. Web assignments include writing blogs, narrative stories, online
resume/portfolio, and journals.
Communicating Across the Curriculum Program: Percentage of Grade Involving Evaluation of
Writing, Speaking, Critical Thinking Skills:___100___%
Academic Integrity: The Academic Integrity Policy in the Student Handbook governs students.
Work may be checked through turnitin.com.
Disabilities: Students with documented disabilities who need accommodations in this class
should contact the Disabilities Support Service Office, Casey Building Room 11, telephone
number Oriole 8-5000, Extension 6381, for appropriate accommodations.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
MAJOR GOALS OF THIS COURSE
1.
Students will demonstrate the ability to
__x__ locate and evaluate the place of one or more Western texts within the
literary heritage of contemporary American readers.
__x__ ascertain what they as readers prize in a text and how their
evaluations concur and differ with those of critics.
___x_ formulate their personal values as a result of discussion of character,
incident, and underlying philosophies in literature.
2.
Students will demonstrate the ability to
_____ identify and correct basic problems and formulate approaches to the
structure, rhetoric, and styles of English in order to heighten
perception and communication.
_____ exercise opportunities for creative expression.
3.
Students will be able to
__x__
achieve a satisfactory basis for graduate study in English and selected
pre-professional programs.
GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS OF THIS COURSE
__x__ Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication:
__x__ Students will demonstrate the ability to discuss issues rationally, to
analyze critically, and to evaluate effectively.

Office Location:___________________ Office Phone and Extension:__________________
Electronic Mail Address:__________MApplegate@molloy.edu
(applegatemolloy@gmail.com)_______________
Office Hours: T/R 8-10:30 am, Monday & Wednesday by appointment

Writing in the Digital Age: An Introduction
Course Outline
ENG 200
T/R 10:40 – 12:05pm
Dr. Matt Applegate
mapplegate@molloy.edu
applegatemolloy@gmail.com
http://molloydigitalage.wordpress.com
Course and Section: ENG 200-01
Credits: 3
Building and room number: Bishop Kellenberg Hall, K007
Office Hours: T/R: 8-10:30 am, Monday & Wednesday by appointment
Course description from catalog
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the basic purpose, importance, and
process of writing on digital platforms. Students will develop skills through the formation of web
pages. Students will also enhance their ability to write for social networking sites. Web
assignments include writing blogs, narrative stories, online resume/portfolio, and journals.
Course Goal
The general objective of this course is to introduce students to the digital age by examining,
discussing, and writing about and in the latest forms of media. Throughout the semester students
will strengthen their writing and communication skills, specifically in terms of online audiences,
and web style. Students will be asked to communicate their thoughts through writing on various
Internet platforms including blogs, social networking and web pages.
Objectives:
• To strengthen students’ skills in writing for the web.
• To familiarize students with the different types of online writing.
• To refine techniques of digital writing through self and peer evaluations.
• To utilize and create a website in order to successfully communicate their ideas.
• To further develop previous stories and content and post them to the web.
• To effectively explore writing in the digital age across a range of technologies,
environments, and mediums, such as blogs, news and social networking sites, web
pages, etc.
General Course Outline
1. Brief history of writing in the digital age.
2. Discussion based on the future of the web.
3. Creation of content for web pages, blogs, and various other sites.
4. Discussions, written assignments, and other related activities.
Criteria for Grading and Percentages for Each Requirement:
1. Weekly blogs - 20%
2. Digital Vocabulary Quizzes - 10%
3. Personal Essay - 10%
4. “Know Your Meme” Essay/Prezi - 10%
5. “Know Your App” Presentation - 10%
6. Class Participation - 10%
7. Codeacademy.com Assignment – 10%

8. Completed zine project/presentation - 20%
Grading formula
A =100-94%, A- = 93-90%, B+= 89-87%, B = 86-83%, B-= 82-80%, C+– 79-77%, C =
76-73%, C-= 72-70%, D+= 69-67%, D = 66-60%, F = 59-0%
Exams and quizzes
Grades will be based on exams, digital writing assignments, written assignments, class
participation and attendance. Students who actively participate, maintain excellent attendance,
demonstrate improved skills as a result of practice, complete all assignments when due and,
present obviously well-prepared content, will do well in this course.
Assignments are subject to change
Policy for make-up exams and missed or late assignments
Assignments are due on the day class meets. There will be no make-up sessions or assignments
for either assignments or presentations, unless you have official documentation such as a note
from a doctor or hospital.
All assignments will be posted on each individual website. Electronic submissions such
as email will NOT be accepted.
Not only is the use of cell/smart phones or other electronic communication during class rude
and unacceptable, doing so can and will affect your overall grade at the end of the semester.
Please be courteous to your classmates when they are presenting in front of the class.
Molloy e-mail
All official announcements related to the course will be sent through Molloy e-mail. Students are
expected to check their @molloy.edu e-mail regularly.
The Communicating Across the Curriculum (CAC) requirement for writing, speaking, listening,
and critical thinking is an integral part of all assignments. All aspects of this course will fulfill
the CAC requirements.
Academic Integrity
The policy on academic integrity is found in the Student Handbook of Molloy College and
Undergraduate Course Catalog. Please review the policy and abide by it.
Attendance Policy
Because this is course is performance course, attendance is mandatory. Absences of more than
three class sessions will result in lowering of the grade by one full letter.
Three late arrivals will be counted as one absence.
Statements on Students With Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities who believe they need accommodations in the class are
encouraged to contact the Disabilities Support Office, Casey Building, Room 011, so that
appropriate accommodations can be implemented.
Assignments:

1. Personal Essay
With this first assignment you will be introduced to the mechanics of digital composition
and the preferred blog interface for our course: Wordpress.com. This project has two
primary objectives: 1) create your blog for the course (following an in-class tutorial) and
2) compose a personal essay (approximately 1,500 words) detailing your skills and
experiences using digital technologies as compositional tools. This essay must be in MLA
format. You are also required to link to the technologies to which you refer in your essay.
2. Blog Composition
While many blogging platforms and technologies are available for free online, you will
be required to create and maintain a blog on Wordpress.com for the duration of the
course. You will use your blog to write TEN reviews of the assigned course reading,
“advertise” your Meme project, and create a feature page for your app presentation. Blog
reviews should be at least 300 words! They MUST be multimodal. Describe what you
found informative. Describe what you learned. Evaluate the chapter: was it successful in
describing its content? Was it unsuccessful? How so?
3. “Know Your Meme” Short Essay and Composition
This assignment requires THREE individual components and requires that you think both
practically and creatively. Imagine you are working for a business that wants you to
create compelling digital content that will 1) draw attention to the company and 2)
advertise the company’s flagship product.
First, you will write a short essay (approximately 1,000 words) that describes your
product, outlines your advertisement strategy, and describes the technologies you will use
to execute your project. You are required to post this essay on your course blog.
Second, following an in-class demonstration, you will create a meme using a free online
meme generator. The meme will be the face of your product and primary advertisement
tool.
Third, you will create a Prezi presentation that combines your essay and meme. Your
presentation must be both easy to use and understandable to a layperson.
4. “Know Your App” Presentation
Each student in the course will be assigned a partner for this assignment. In groups of
two, you will choose an application from a preapproved list I provide (please see course
website). Using Prezi, each group will develop a short presentation (approximately 15
minutes) describing the app, its popular uses, and its compositional capabilities. Finally,
you will give a demonstration to the class that highlights your app’s compositional value,
i.e., how Twitter functions as a micro-blogging tool.
Each group is required to meet with me prior to their presentation to discuss their app
demonstration.
5. Digital Vocabulary
Throughout the semester you will be introduced to a broad range of rhetorical devices
and vocabulary specific to digital composition. Using lists I provide, you will be tested
weekly on your knowledge of ‘digital vocabulary.’

6. Zine Project/Presentation
Each student is required to create a custom zine in Adobe InDesign that is both
multimodal and licensed under the creative commons. The student in consultation with
the professor chooses topics. Further directions are available on the course website.
Required Texts:
Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal ProjectsWriter/Designer: A Guide to Making
Multimodal Projects by Kristin L. Arola, Jennifer Sheppard, and Cheryl E. Ball
Crafting Digital Writing by Troy Hicks
Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture by Stephen Dubcombe
“Composing for Digital Publication: Rhetoric, Design, Code” by Douglas Eyman & Cheryl E.
Ball
“The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0”
[http://codeacademy.com]
Online Tutorials/General Information on Course Website
Required Materials:
A USB Drive (4GB Minimum), available online or at the campus bookstore.
Technology:
For Writing in the Digital Age, all assignments will be composed and submitted digitally. You
will need regular access to email, DropBox, and Canvas. In this course we will focus on
developing competency with a broad range of digital technologies and platforms both freely
available on the Internet and often used in real world situations. You will be encouraged to
develop a basic proficiency with the technologies presented in the course and critically reflect on
each particular technology’s capabilities. This will require research and practice that extends
beyond the course assignments outlined below.
**Note About Privacy and Respect
Many of the technologies that we will use in this course are public, i.e., they can be viewed
online and can be found via Google search. This includes the content you create and publish on
your course blog. Your writing should be professional in form and content.
Course Website: http://molloydigitalage.wordpress.com

Weekly Assignments

Week 1: January 17th & 19th
Reading:
“Composing for Digital Publication: Rhetoric, Design, Code” by Douglas Eyman & Cheryl E.
Ball
Crafting Digital Writing chapter 1, “Composing Texts: Digital Writing Across Media & Genres”
Tutorial: Wordpress/Blog walkthrough
Week 2: January 24th & 26th
Reading:
“The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0”
Crafting Digital Writing Chapter 2, “Author’s Craft, Genre Study, & Digital Writing”
Assignments: 1) Blogs must be created, 2) Blog Writing Assignment #1, 3) Digital Vocabulary
Quiz #1
Week 3: January 31st & February 2nd
Reading:
“A Manifesto for Blogging,” “The Blogger’s Manifesto” by Chris Pirillo, Crafting Digital
Writing Chapter 3, “Crafting Web Texts”
Tutorial: Prezi Walkthrough
Assignments: 1) Personal Essay DUE!, 2) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #2
Week 4: February 7th & 9th
Reading:
Creativecommons.org
Crafting Digital Writing Chapter 4, “Crafting Presentations”
Assignments: 1) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #3, 2) Blog Writing Assignment #2, “Know Your App”
presentations begin!
Week 5: February 14th & 16th
Reading: “A Linguistic Essay About Memes wow” io9 <http://io9.com/we-who-spoke-lolcatnow-speak-doge-1481243678/1482130388>
Tutorial: Meme Generator Tutorial
Assignments: 1) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #4, 2) Blog Writing Assignment #3, “Know Your App”
presentations
Week 6: February 21st & 23rd
Reading:
“Rip! A Remix Manifesto”
Assignments: “Know Your App” presentations
Week 7: February 28th & March 2nd

Reading: Chapters 1 & 2, Writer/Designer
Assignments: 1) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #5, 2) Blog Writing Assignment #4, “Know Your App”
presentations
Week 8: March 7th & 9th
Reading: Chapters 3 & 4, Writer/Designer
Assignments: “Know Your Meme” Projects DUE!,
SPRING BREAK MARCH 13TH – 19TH
Week 9: March 21st & 23rd
Reading: Chapter 5, Writer/Designer
Assignments: 1) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #6, 2) Blog Writing Assignment #5 “Know Your App”
presentations
Week 10: March 28th & 30th
Reading: HTML practice, “Basic” through “Styles” [http://www.w3schools.com/html/]
Tutorial: Codeacademy.com
Assignments: 1) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #7 2) Blog Writing Assignment #6 “Know Your App”
presentations
Week 11: April 4th & 6th
Reading: HTML Practice, “Links & Images”
Tutorial: Codeacademy.com
Assignments: 1) Blog Writing Assignment #7 “Know Your App” presentations
Week 12: April 11th & 13th
Reading: Chapter 6, Writer/Designer
Tutorial: Adobe InDesign
Assignments: 1) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #8, 2) Blog Writing Assignment #8 “Know Your App”
presentations
APRIL 13TH – 18TH: EASTER RECESS
Week 13: April 20th
Reading: Chapter 7 & 8, Writer/Designer
Assignments: 1) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #9, 2) Blog Writing Assignment #9 “Know Your App”
presentations

Week 14: April 25th & 27th
Assignments: 1) Digital Vocabulary Quiz #10, 2) Blog Writing Assignment #10, Digital portfolio
peer-review
Week 15: May 2nd & 4th
Project Workshops
Week 15: DAY OF FINAL
FINAL PROJECT DUE!