engl 6480/7480: technology & writing


value: 400 pts.
dates: 12 September-14 November

Your participation grade will largely consist of attendance and a demonstration of critical engagement with the content, ideas, and people in the seminar. Full points will be awarded to students who show up on time; who are prepared to engage with the content of the course by completing the readings and engaging the class with thoughtful, appropriate ideas and questions; and whose blog posts, regular tweets, and annotated bibliographies (and handouts, when appropriate) are engaging and appropriately addressed to the class for discussion.

For each class where a reading is assigned, you will post a 300-500 word position statement/reflection on an issue you found to be particularly insightful, enlightening, or otherwise important in the week's reading to your blog for the course. The purpose of the post is to initiate discussion among the class on an issue of your choice, so your posts should demonstrate validity, should generate interest in the issue(s) presented, and provide reliable support for your claims. Your blog posts should be posted by 8:00 am Monday morning. Please tweet a link to your blog post with the hashtag #writingtech.

One week, you will post an annotated bibliography of five scholarly sources related to the reading for that week. On the week you post an annotated bibliography, no other posts are necessary. Your annotated bibliographies must summarize 5 well-cited, high-impact works from a variety of sources that have not been annotated previously in the course. For each source, include full citation information in APA style and a brief summary of the source. Your summaries should document the applicability of the source to our readings that week.

Your blog posts will be assessed on your ability to:

professional development

value: 200 pts.
dates: 21 November-5 December

This portion of your grade will be based upon your participation in the publication production cycle for your seminar papers. You will be evaluated on an abstract/proposal for your final work for the course (21 November), on a substantial draft of your presentation of that work and a peer review workshop of your peers' work (28 November), and on a formal presentation of your work to the class and invited guests (5 December).

seminar paper

value: 400 pts.
due: 12 December 2011

A seminar paper is a researched argument that demonstrates some aspect of the course applied to a larger audience (usually academic in nature). While I will give you a great deal of freedom to decide your venue, theoretical influences, and content, you must:

Your finished seminar paper should be a polished draft of a researched argument appropriate to this seminar and your related area(s) of specialty. It should follow whatever conventions for document type, style, and formatting are required by the venue you have chosen. Students taking this course for masters credit should aim for seminar papers in the 8-10 page range. Students taking this course for PhD credit should aim for longer, article-length arguments in the 15-25 page range. All students should provide a one-page overview of the audience(s), rationale(s), and purpose(s) of your researched paper.

Evaluation criteria:
Your paper will be evaluated based upon its contribution to the field you have identified as well as its attentiveness to issues and trends in technology and writing theory; its assessment of audience(s), purpose(s), and rationale(s) as you have constructed them; and its thoroughness, complexity, and perceptiveness. The quality of your writing, style, tone, and formatting will also carry significant weight in the evaluation process.

total points possible

value: 1,000 points.