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CRN 18948 MWF 10:30AM – 11:20AM Stanley Coulter Hall Room G046 Instructor: Karen Kaiser Lee Office: Heavilon Hall Room 308D Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Monday & Wednesday 11:30 - 12:30 and by appointment
Before & After: How to Design Cool Stuff by John McWade. Peachpit Press, 2009. ISBN 0321580125. Other readings will be online – either linked to or posted as PDFs on the course website. "Music", a Creative Commons licensed image by Flickr user Ssosay.
The authors of the book Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality divide the key concepts of multimedia into Integration, Interactivity, Immersion, Hypermedia, and Narrativity. We will start with these concepts as we analyze examples of multimedia documents and work finding answers to the following questions: What abilities or ideas do we tend to find in our examination of multimedia documents that we can we add to the above list of five concepts? What IS multimedia? Why do we (or do we?) need to define it? What are some strategies for writing for multimedia? Must we develop new strategies for each form of multimedia, or are there some basic principles that hold for all forms of multimedia? How is designing a website or making a video writing? How do the rhetorical concepts like ethos, logos, and pathos, and kairos function in multimedia communication? In addition to tackling the theory of multimedia, we will also get plenty of practice composing multimedia texts. We will use a variety of design programs and technologies, including but not limited to: digital cameras, photo editing software (Fireworks and/or Photoshop), digital video, digital video editing software (Windows MovieMaker and Adobe Premiere), audio editing software (Garage Band, Audacity), web design software (Dreamweaver) as well as working directly with html code, and animation software (Flash). We will also use Microsoft Office programs. Some of these programs may be familiar to you; if they aren’t, that is fine. This course does not assume any prior knowledge of design software programs. There will be in-class tutorials, and we will consult other resources (both local and electronic) to help you build technology skills. On the other hand, you may be better using these programs than I am. If so, I hope you won’t mind helping fellow students (and possibly me).
ENGL 41900 Multimedia Writing
and interact with one another. Note: Professional Writing majors in the Writing and Publishing concentration may use ENGL 419 as a suitable course in the category that presently asks them to take ENGL 420. including those for the Web.purdue. interactive media. Course readings focus on how different media communicate meaning.com) Course Goals Responsibility Engage the culture and problems associated with multimedia writing Develop project standards through negotiation with clients Project Management Use. Students in other majors who presently take ENGL 420 or 421 may.english. sign up at www. available at the DLC (http://www. visual presentations. and publishing.tumblr. if your cell phone has a camera. with approval of their academic advisor or area. and develop a a number of individual and/or group multimedia projects. adapt. (3 credit course) General Course Description This course helps students practice and understand the principles of multimedia design and implementation.edu/).Catalog Description Multimedia writing for networked contexts.edu ) Access to a digital camera. doing oral and/or written analyses of a number of such pieces. that will be fine for most projects Access to your Purdue student account A USB flash drive. with emphasis on writing in multimedia contexts. using a variety of technologies that support and enhance the presentation of content in multimedia forms. digital video.dlc. Emphasizes principles and practices of multimedia design. use this course to satisfy a similar requirement. Students closely examine various multimedia products. especially our course web site and Purdue’s Online Writing Lab ( http://owl. Typical genres include Web sites. for back-up copies of your work and to enable you to bring assignment drafts to class A Tumblr account (free. or ENGL 421. shape our reactions. plan. Students propose. Business Writing. implementation.purdue. and user documentation. visual argument. and evaluate various writing techniques and technologies for specific rhetorical purposes ENGL 41900 Multimedia Writing . Required Materials and Technology Access to the Internet. Technical Writing.
so be ready to talk about your blog entry in class. 20% of grade) Professional website and resume We will start with a paper-based. and the like that demonstrate the multimedia concepts we’re discussing. and producing documents that effectively respond to specific professional situations. which will function as a rough draft. Develop multiple and flexible online work strategies to make a professional portfolio Plan and articulate design decisions throughout the production process Develop strategies for planning. Types of content may include responses to readings. campus. You could also post tutorials or other sites helpful for learning how to use design software. a written proposal and storyboard. class blog posts Students will be asked to post at least one entry per week on the course blog. We will also use the blog function on the course website to post drafts of work. formulaic genre – the resume – and create an updated version for the Web. videos. (individual. research notes. you will work in teams to create a five to ten minute long video that documents a current issue that affects students. This project includes research. researching. well-designed website. problems. See the project page and course calendar for detailed assignment descriptions. (collaborative. you will design a multimedia presentation that reflects your understanding of multimedia and what it means to write for – and with – multimedia. We will turn to our blog posts to start class discussion. The course calendar will indicate how many and what type of content is required for blog posts each week. Learn to evaluate and apply effective principles of document design in print and digital media. or or the greater Lafayette area. such as: working online with colleagues determining roles and responsibilities managing team conflicts constructively responding constructively to peers’ work using peer feedback achieving team goals Projects and Course Work These are brief descriptions of our work for this semester. This project includes a digital resume formatted for the Internet and a basic. peer review. and other in-class work. relevant websites. Collaborative video project In this project. images. The videos will be shown in class and posted to a video sharing site such as Youtube. or research issues Teamwork Learn and apply strategies for successful teamwork. 30% of grade) Presentation: What is multimedia? Pulling from our readings and discussions. or helpful sites . 30% of grade) Class participation and writing 1. (individual. ENGL 41900 Multimedia Writing .
The University regulations are here: http://www.edu/odos/osrr/gradeappeal. quality of the content. Students with questions about final grades should review university policies regarding grade appeals. A-=93-90. B.edu/univregs/pages/stu_conduct/stu_regulations. as presented on our course site and discussed in the textbook. please do not hesitate to ask. D (67). • The degree to which your your peer reviews and responses offer insightful feedback and suggestions on your classmates' drafts. the skill with which basic rhetorical concepts such as ethos. but not the kind you may be used to. Students must complete all of the major projects and a majority of the in-class assignments and Tumblr/weblog posting assignments in order to pass this class. D=66-64. peer reviews and other written work will be evaluated based on: • How well you implement the guidelines and best practices for posting comments and creating reading responses. B (84). (individual. If you need any assistance now or at any point during the semester. C-=73-70. pathos are deployed in the project. a typical set of criteria for a project might include effective use of multimedia components.purdue. you'll need regular access to the Internet and email.purdue. reading responses. Quizzes We will have unannounced. ENGL 41900 Multimedia Writing .(80). B=86-84. in-class projects We will have workshops and projects throughout the semester that explore design concepts or software. Class participation. overall design.pdf.(70). audience awareness. professionalism and/or creativity. C+=79-77. Workshops. periodic reading quizzes.(90). these quizzes will be in the form of short exercises that require you to demonstrate your comprehension of readings. During the semester. B+=89-87. you are responsible for reading and keeping current with all content posted there. Specific assignment descriptions will provide any additional grading criteria. D-=63-60. • The degree to which your reading responses and comment posts demonstrate learning of the course content. Technology Responsibilities Familiarity with certain technologies is crucial for participation and success in the course. B-=83-80. Because the course home page is the main locus of the class community. C (74). C. D+=69-67. Projects not submitted on time will be given a 0.2. As a class we will collaborate and determine criteria for evaluating each project. 3. A. F=59 or below. including what has been submitted by both the instructor and your fellow students. Final grades will be calculated on the standard plus-minus letter grade scale: A=100-94. which are outlined by the Dean of Students here: http://www. These small assignments must be completed by the end of the class session. 20% of grade) Grading and Evaluation Major course projects will be awarded letter grades which are weighted as follows: A (95). C+ (77). logos. B+ (87).html. • The degree to which your reading responses and comment posts engage with and contribute to the learning of others in the course. F (59). C=76-74.
or belittling language at all times. file managing. then ask questions when you are uncertain about requirements or activities. Students are asked to create a professional environment in the classroom by actively listening. In addition. document cycling systems. revising. • Maintain back-up copies of all assignments via your home directory. • Check the course calendar before each class meeting. Because computer problems are a fact of life. USB drives. Failure to follow these guidelines for professional behavior will result in the student being marked absent and asked to leave for the day. If your Internet service goes down. drafting.You'll be responsible for configuring your system to access course materials. If your computer breaks. as this is a professional writing course we will follow that model. I expect all work to be completed and submitted by day and time on which it is due.edu email or an alternative that you can access regularly and reliably • Become proficient sending and receiving email attachments. find another connection point. however. desktop publishing applications. Professionalism Students should conduct themselves in a professional manner and avoid harassing. • Become more proficient with unfamiliar computer technologies and applications. If at any time you have problems accessing the Internet from home. you'll need to find a public lab or connection point. • Set up your @purdue. • Become proficient participating in the class Drupal space. • Post a message about yourself and your interests • Read the course description and calendar. you should contact me in writing prior to the deadline to ENGL 41900 Multimedia Writing . resolving file compatibility issues. paying attention. including planning. No exceptions are made for this due to computer problems (see the section on technology for more information). In other words. Problems with computers will not excuse you for falling behind or failing to complete required assignments. Very early in the semester. Therefore I do not accept late work. find a way to complete the assignments on time. and graphics programs. or CDs. use another one. threatening. you also are responsible for negotiating together all aspects of your work. including Web editing software. All electronic devices except the classroom computers should remain off and out of sight during class time. always work to complete your assignments early and make frequent backups of your work. Late Work Deadlines are an important part of design work and they must be met in the workplace. and scheduling of assignments. disks. Collaborative Work Teamwork is a required component of the course. You and your project team members are responsible for updating one another and me about assignment development and progress. and positively contributing to class discussions. If a serious and unavoidable problem arises. and to submit your work. and following email decorum. you will be asked to demonstrate that you can meet these responsibilities: • Register for the course website and complete your profile information. to read course email and participate in online discussions.
and attendance will be taken before all classes and conferences. university-sponsored events. students must be educated in an ethical learning environment that promotes a high standard of honor in scholastic work. As in-class work cannot be made up except for religions holidays. Academic Integrity Purdue students and their instructors are expected to adhere to guidelines set forth by the Dean of Students in "Academic Integrity: A Guide for Students. Since projects typically have peer review sessions for rough drafts." Academic dishonesty is defined as follows: Purdue prohibits "dishonesty in connection with any ENGL 41900 Multimedia Writing . missing the bus. Students who miss more than a combined total of EIGHT classes will automatically fail the course. though please note that missing class does not relieve students from the learning responsibilities of this course. We will make the most of our class time by working on brief assignments and projects. the more course work you will miss.purdue. which is valued because of Purdue's high academic standards. Tardiness / early departure: If you arrive to class more than ten minutes late. If for some reason you must leave class early. For this course there is no such thing as an excused absence and I make no distinction between an absence due to illness and an absence due to sleeping in. Attendance and active participation are required.php The preamble of this guide states the following: "Purdue University values intellectual integrity and the highest standards of academic conduct.determine whether or not an extension for the work may or may not be granted. assignments. It is highly recommended that you miss no more FOUR (4) classes during the semester. you should at least have work on the current project in progress to submit in the event of such an emergency. Almost none of our classwork (the above-noted quizzes. etc. please notify me before class begins. everyone’s participation is necessary. I reserve the right to mark you absent. Academic dishonesty undermines institutional integrity and threatens the academic fabric of Purdue University. (and to get credit for this work) your presence is necessary. or illnesses/family emergencies documented by a medical doctor / Dean of Students. Dishonesty is not an acceptable avenue to success. so for this course to be a success. It diminishes the quality of a Purdue education. To be prepared to meet societal needs as leaders and role models. so for this course to be meaningful to you. provided you make a written request to me no less than two weeks in advance and that you complete any required work before the due date. Excused absences may be granted for religious holidays or university-sponsored events.edu/odos/osrr/academicintegritybrochure. Habitual tardiness will be penalized: three tardies = one class absence." which students are encouraged to read here: http://www. small assignments and quizzes (see #4 and #5 under “Class Participation and Writing” above). being unable to find a parking spot. in-class projects) can be made up at a later date. The more classes you miss. Attendance Attendance and active participation are required for the following reasons: Writing is a social act. which will cause your grade to suffer.
Part V.University activity. Accommodations for Students with Special Needs Students with disabilities must be registered with Adaptive Programs in the Office of the Dean of Students before classroom accommodations can be provided. and copying during examinations) is dishonest and must not be tolerated. ENGL 41900 Multimedia Writing . directly or indirectly. via email. December 15. Any changes to this document will be announced in class. Moreover. Students who need accommodations are asked to arrange a meeting with the instructor during the first week of classes or as soon as possible if accommodations are needed immediately. please ask. plagiarism. lying. by emailing me or by contacting me through the English Department at 765-494-3740 or 765-494-3740. You can acquire updated information from the course website. course requirements. Section III. the University Senate has stipulated that "the commitment of acts of cheating. knowingly to aid and abet. 2. or knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of dishonesty. B. a] Furthermore. 1972]" If you have any questions about this policy. the use of illegal cribs. and deceit in any of their diverse forms (such as the use of substitutes for taking examinations." [University Senate Document 72-18. Cheating. other parties in committing dishonest acts is in itself dishonest. deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances. In Case of a Campus Emergency In the event of a major campus emergency. plagiarism. and posted to the course web site." [University Regulations.