Theory and Practice of Digital Rhetoric:
Composing with Words, Images, and Sound
  Dr. Karyn Hollis
Director, Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric
The Course
Sample Page
Edit Sheets
                                                                                  Eric Drooker


  The Course

Dr. Karyn Hollis

Class Meets:  MW 4:15-5:45, E-Media Room
Phone: 610-519-7872 
Office Hours- Tues 2:00-4:0, Or By Appt 
Office Location:  SAC 458


Emedia Room Schedule


This course is Writing Intensive. It fulfills a "theoretical requirement" for the Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric. 

It does NOT fulfill the upper level English literature requirement for the Core. But it can serve as an elective.

Web Writing Check List

NOTICE  You need to check this online syllabus daily.  Do NOT print it out.  Assignments may change, due dates get altered, class may even get cancelled.  Unless you frequently check the online syllabus, you will be missing important information.
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Course Description

With the internet facilitating or intruding in more and more areas of our lives, from personal and professional communication, to commerce, education, music and even romance,  our need for digital literacy is crucial in both public and private spheres.  Furthermore, As Michael Wesch has argued, the internet necessitates a profound rethinking of such issues as copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, and ourselves.  This course will provide you  with a better understanding of cyberculture and the tools you need to create and critique in the digital realm.  Focusing mostly on Web 2.0 or social media phenomenon from "blogs" and streaming video,  to poetry and fiction (hypertext) to digital productions in sports, commercial, entertainment, and artistic  realms, we will examine the visual and textual components of digital rhetorics as they both influence  and are influenced by our use of the internet. Finally, with theoretical and critical attention to the rhetorical situation of digital media, students will complete several web writing  projects and design their own web sites with FrontPage and PhotoShop using words, images and sound.

Course Objectives
Course Aims:  
  • Students will learn rhetorical concepts which apply to the internet and beyond
  • Students will learn to produce, evaluate and critique web sites
  • Students will review conventions of grammar and punctuation
  • Students will learn FrontPage and Photoshop software
  • Students will learn the use of a scanner
  • Students will learn basic principles of electronic design
  • Students will learn to design and produce web pages with FrontPage
  • Students’ will improve oral presentation skills 
  • Students will learn some of the latest Web 2.0 applications
Required Texts


Lunsford, Easy Writer (In Bookstore)
Sturken and Cartwright, Practices of Looking, 2nd ed.

Shirky, Here Comes Everybody
Scholz and Lovink, The Art of Free Cooperation

Recommended Software FrontPage
PhotoShop CS 2




Writing:  You will have 5 writing and designing projects over the semester.   Many projects will be revised based on editing we will do in class.  You will therefore frequently be required to bring copies of your drafts to class.  Please plan for this:   find printers and photocopying machines, allow for long lines, and come to class with enough copies for your editors.  

Rainbow Review:  I will respond to much of your writing online, and I have developed an evaluation system based on highlighting your text with certain colors.  Each color represents an area for revision.  You will email your writing assignments to me as Word attachments.  I will evaluate them and  send you an electronic copy back with a grade and many sentences highlighted, a "Rainbow Review." 

Rainbow Review Evaluation Key
Examples of excellence in your writing will be highlighted too! (In Aqua)

Teal  Weak argument that needs support; Can you provide more proof? (examples, quotations, illustrations, facts, etc.)
Blue Meaning seems unclear; Can you reword for clarity?
Purple Inaccurate; Check your sources for facts
Dark Green Organization is hard to detect; rethink presentation of information; be sure body corresponds to thesis or lead
Maroon Problem with AP Stylesheet or MLA citation form; check and revise.
Pink Phrasing is awkward; passage may sound ungraceful or unidiomatic--Can you revise your phrasing?
Yellow Punctuation, grammar or spelling is unconventional--please revise with standard usage in mind
Light Green Using the wrong word, a cliche, a lackluster word or unconsciously repeating the same words; search thesaurus for engaging substitutes
Light Gray Passage is wordy or redundant--eliminate unnecessary words
Red Eliminate forms of "to be" (is, are, am, was, were, be, being, been). Revise with active verb for energy & economy.
Olive Use more specific word or give more specific details 
Aqua This is fabulous--great writing! Don't change a thing!

You are required to revise all assignments according to the highlighted colors to confirm your grade.  The revising process will be easier for you if you save a clean electronic copy of your original paper.  Here's what a "Rainbow Review" looks like.

Personal Web Page for Class-- Each student will create a web page for class activities. Final versions of all papers, assignments and web creations are to be revised and "published" on the web and connected with links to the student's main class page.  Students will receive a grade for their personal web page.

Pet Peeves -- 1.  Do not use laptops or cell phones during class discussions.   2.  Do not leave class to go to the bathroom (or wherever) unless it is an emergency. Take care of personal needs before class.

Reading:  The reading assignments are to be completed by class time for the day they are assigned on the syllabus.  There will be true-false pop quizzes over the readings.  Be prepared.

We will do all work using FrontPage 2003 and Photoshop CS2.  Students cannot use other desktop or web publishing programs for this class.  All software is found on the computers in the E-Media Room.  These software programs are also on the VU server and can be accessed from dorms, homes, etc.  Of course, your own copies are preferable.  You can download demos Photoshop CS2 which will last 30 days.  Plan time accordingly.  

Reminder: computer work can still be slow and frustrating.  Be prepared for and expect this.  You will no doubt encounter crowded computer rooms, software glitches, computer breakdowns, server dysfunction, etc.  Plan for every computer session to take at least an hour longer than you expect.  However, just be patient; it will all get easier as the semester  progresses. 

Class Blogs:  There are two class blogs, a required group blog  on and an extra credit class blog on our Wiki.

1.  Group Blog--Students will be divided into groups for posting to a Group Blog. Your blog posts and topics will be assigned in the syllabus and will record your reactions to the readings, class activities, discussions or to what others in your group have said in their posts.  They are to be completed for the day they are assigned. 

Group Blogs will be checked online twice over the semester.  You must be up to date or your blog grade will be lowered. 

You will soon receive an email invitation from to join a group blog.  To join the blog, follow these steps.

1. Click on the link in the email. If you do not follow this link, you will not be able to logon to the blog.

2. Click on "Create an Account" and enter a username and password to sign in. Please use your first and last name (Karyn Hollis) as your username so that I can easily identify posts. NO NICKNAMES PLEASE.

IMPORTANT: If you already have a account, click on the link and enter your usual Blogger username and password.

3.  Later, to post a blog entry, go to, login and click on Web Writing Group X in your "dashboard."  (The X corresponds to your Group Number)

  • At the next screen, click on "Create new post"

  • Write your post in the box provided. You can use spellcheck, add a photo, etc.

  • Be sure to title your post and indicate the Blog post number as per the syllabus

  • Once you've finished your post, go to the bottom of the page and click on "Publish Post"

  • If you want to see your post, click on the "View Blog" tab at the top of the screen. 

4. Be sure to read the posts from others in your group.  You should also add comments to others' posts from time to time.

2.  Extra Credit Wiki blog-- This blog will serve many purposes--and best of all, students will get a point added to their final average for each two posts they contribute (limit 3 points).  So log on and blog away!  You might want to add your 2 cents to a discussion begun in class; you might want to tell us about a web experience you enjoyed or didn't; or alert us to upcoming events which might be relevant to class work.  Posts should be at least 5 sentences long--but can be longer.  You can also include links to interesting web sites, photos (if you are tech savvy), and comment on others' posts. To get credit, your posts must appear over the course of the semester, not just over the last week of class.  At the end of the semester, it is up to you copy your posts from the blog into a Word document, print out  them out and turn into me for extra credit.

Grammar Exercises: For the first month and a half of class, you will have a grammar reading assignment and  two online grammar exercises for each of 20 grammar topics. The exercises correspond to information in Lunsford's Easy Writer.  You must redo the exercises until you score 90% or above.  Do these daily.  DO NOT wait until the mid-term to do these exercises.  Points will be deducted from your mid-term if the exercises are not done on time.
Class Participation Grade -This grade reflects the frequency and usefulness of remarks made in class and in group work.  This grade will be lowered for students with excessive absences.  I may not take role everyday, but I do know who's in class and who is not.  Do not expect to receive an "A" in the course if you have not raised your hand at least three times over the semester to answer a question or participate in class discussion.

Reading Pop Quizzes - Be prepared for pop WebCT quizzes on all the readings.  They WILL occur from time to time.  They are true-false quizzes.

In Class Editing - Every student is expected to wear their critic's hat and suit of armor on editing days.  In other words, please realize that critique of your own and others' work is a required part of the course.  Try not to take it personally!!  Critiquing text is a big part of professional life.

The Villanova Writing Center: Support for Writers at Work--Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Writing Center in 202 Old Falvey with all writing projects and assignments. Staffed by well-trained undergraduate and graduate peer tutors, the Writing Center offers supportive advice during all stages of a student’s writing process.The Writing Center is open Sunday 3:30p.m. to 7:30p.m., Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. While students should call in advance for an hour-long appointment 610-519-4606, tutors will also do their best to work with "drop-in" writers.    

Students with Disabilities - It is the policy of Villanova to make reasonable academic accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.  If you are a person with a disability please contact me after class or during office hours and make arrangements
to register with the Learning Support Office by contacting 610-519-5636 or at as soon as possible.  Registration with the Learning Support Office is required in order to receive accommodations.

Gender Neutral Language. Try to avoid inappropriate terminology in your speech and writing for this class and others at Villanova. Please do not use the “generic he” to refer to all of humanity. Eg., “A student should study. If he doesn’t, he’ll fail.” Also, please avoid the well meaning but clunky “he/she” option. There are many elegant alternatives. For example, cast sentences in the plural, (Students should study. If they don't they'll fail.) use “we,” etc., depending on the meaning of the sentence.

Absences: Since in-class editing is such a crucial part of this course, your regular attendance is very important.  When you miss class, you not only jeopardize your own work, but that of someone else.  If you must miss, please notify me in advance so that we may rearrange editing groups or pairs.   All unexcused absences will result in a lowered grade.

Grade -- Your final grade will be based on your grades for writing assignments, mid-term exam, final exam, reading quizzes, blog posts and class participation grade--see Chart below.  The class participation grade will be derived from attendance, participation, and editing sheet completion. 

Grades are recorded in the class WebCT/Vista gradebook.  From the class picture page, click on "E-Learning Tools, My WebCT, My Grades.

Average Grade on 6 Web Writing Assignments 40% 45%
Personal Class Web Page with Revised Assignments 10% 10%
Group Blog Posts 5%
Mid-Term Exam  10%
Final Exam 20%
Grammar Exercises, Class participation 5%
Quizes 10%
Extra Credit Whole Class Blog 1-3 points  

To pass the course, all work must be completed by the dates stipulated in the syllabus

Jan. 12
Overview of Course
Discuss Syllabus
Introductions -- Be sure to get these on the Wiki if you haven't already.

Our Wiki--You'll get an invitation.  Make your username your first and last name please.
Jan. 14
Rhetorical Theory and digital rhetoric
Definition of Rhetoric  -- Rhetoric is commonly thought of as a mode of persuasion for legal or political argument which can trace its roots back to 5th century BC in Greece. Rhetoric has also been used to study how to produce the best artifacts in terms of purpose and audience. Rhetoric is an art of timeliness. Classical components of rhetoric:  Ethos, Logos, Pathos, Kairos, Style, Context
Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle
Read Wikipedia, "The Internet,"
Post a favorite website to the wiki (the more unusual and idiosyncratic the better!) to the wiki. 
Classify it in terms presented in the reading below.
Read "Classifying Sites"
Click here for the rest of the day's assignments
Jan 19
No Classes
Martin Luther King Holiday--Reflect on Change
Jan 20 The Inauguration--Watch History!
Jan. 21
--Introductions -- Be sure to get these on the Wiki with a picture if you haven't already.
--Continue reading Web Style Guide:  Chapters 1 and 2.
--Review principles of Web Design--CRAPP -- You should print this out--sorry about the bump in the last page.

--Williams' Principles of Design
--Good/Bad Design Features
--At home-- Try to finish Class Web Page (linked from your homepage.)  Check out Model Page.

Click here for the rest of the day's assignments
Jan. 26
Theory:  Visual Rhetoric in the Digital Realm
Read Chapter 1 in Sturken and Cartwright -- Always be prepared for a quiz

--Continue reading Web Style Guide:  Chapters 3 and 4

--DUE:  Class web page, linked from your homepage. Check out the example.  You will get a grade.  Click here if you have Internet Explorer 7
If you haven't uploaded your "Introduction" information to the Wiki, please do so today.  And everyone--include a photo please!
--Assignment #1 -- Discuss
--PhotoShop Workshop
Click here for the rest of the day's assignments 
Jan. 28
--Read, Shirky, Chapter 1
--Continue reading Web Style Guide:  Chapters 5 and 6
--Read Sun Microsystems guidelines booklet Writing for the Web
--Continue work on --Assignment #1
  • "Bring" to class:  background (base) image (PS'ed) and 4 life images for collage
    --Check out FrontPage and PhotoShop tutorials on class Resources

Williams CRAPP Principles Illustrated

Donna Haraway,
Cyborg Manifesto
Feb 2
Sturkin and Cartwright, Ch 7--be prepared for a quiz
--Continue work on --Assignment #1
--"Bring" to class:  background (base) image (PS'ed) and 4 life images for collage
--Check out FrontPage and PhotoShop tutorials on class Resources

--Continue reading Web Style Guide:  Chapters 7 and 8
Online Grammar Exercises--Must achieve a score of 90% or better.  You may retake and resubmit grammar quizzes. 
Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget


Feb 4
Theory:  Web 2.0
--Read Shirky, Chapter 2
--Read, Alexander, "Web 2.0:  A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning?"
Check out list of Web 2.0 Apps:
Plan 3 minute presentation for future class.  You'll be given a date for your presentation.  Post link to the wiki. Is the site for sharing, cooperation or collective action?
DUE:  Assn#1 at end of class
--Assn#2 --
--Saving on Citrix
Feb. 9
Theory:  Building Collective  Knowledge on the Web
Read Shirky, Chapter 3
Video: Clay Shirky on Love, Internet Style
Read, "Wikipedia: About"
Read "Wikipedia Five Pillars"
Read, "Wikipedia:  Good Article Criteria"
Read, "Wikipedia, Neutral Point of View"

Steven Colbert on Wikiality--Comedy Central
DUE:  Assn#1 at beginning of class--linked to your class homepage.  We'll check these out in class.
Click here for the rest of today's assignments.
Feb. 11
Theory:  Images & Media in Everyday Life a petition to keep fast internet in Obama's economic package.  This is IMPORTANT!

Work on Assn#2--Creating "hotspots" and analyzing images
Online Grammar Exercises -Must achieve a score of 90% or better.  You may retake and resubmit grammar quizzes. 


Feb. 16
Theory:  The Self, Privacy and  Identity on the Web
Social Networking
--Read Shirky, Chapter 4

Read, Scholz, "What the MySpace Generation Should Know about Working for Free"
Read Nussbaum, "Say Everything" -- an amazing article!!
Continue work on Assn#2

Web 2.0 Presentation -- Megan Welch
Pick a website that you like from the directory and present a 3 minute demonstration of it to the class. You will probably have to join the site.  Post the name of the site and a link to it on the Wiki--there's a page waiting for you!
Click here for the rest of today's assignments


Feb. 18
Theory:  Writing the Self and Community on the Web
Web 2.0 Presentation -- Kelsey Ruane
Read, Sturkin & Cartwright, Chapter 3; be prepared for a quiz
Read Baron, "Is the Internet Killing Literacy?"
Read Markoff, "The Cellphone, Navigating our Lives"
Read, The Consumerist, "Facebook's New Terms of Service"
Due--Assn#2--print out in color to hand in.   Please print out at home if possible. Only 10 minutes at beginning of class to print on laser color printer.
Assn #3 -- Timeline with --

Online Grammar Exercises --Must achieve a score of 90% or better.  You may retake and resubmit grammar quizzes. 

Group Blog Post #3--Find a blog you think you might enjoy and read its latest posts. (To find blogs, check out Blogs of Note and/or use the search function on Then report on the blog's contents, style and purpose.  Provide a link to it in your post.   DO NOT READ A COMMERCIAL BLOG SET UP BY A .COM.  READ ONE BY AN INDIVIDUAL on or a similar site.
Feb. 23
Theory:  Writing the Self and Community on the web

Web 2.0 Presentation -- Jennifer Ramos
Read, Sturkin & Cartwright, Chapter 3; be prepared for a quiz
Group Blog Post #4--free topic, your choice--something related to class, the internet, writing, etc.

Mid-Term Study Guide
All Grammar Exercises and Blog Posts 1-4 must be complete to take Mid-term

Work on Assn#3 --NOTE CHANGE--We'll use  It's flashier than TimeRime. Put link on your class homepage
Web Writing Checklist-- Important!

Online Grammar Exercises --Must achieve a score of 90% or better.  You may retake and resubmit grammar quizzes. 
Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget

Feb. 25
Mid-Term Exam -- Once the file opens, click on Extract Files
All Grammar Exercises Due Today
Group Blogs 1-4 Due Today--
Mar 1-8 Spring Break--enjoy!
Mar 9
Web 2.0 Presentation -- Kaitlin McLoughlin & Others

YouTube:  Epic 2015--The Future of Media?
Video:  Lawrence Lessig on Copyright/left
Assn #3--Due at the end of class

Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget
Mar 11
Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric
Read Shirky, Chapter 5
Assignments #3 Due, Linked to Class Homepage.  Put image explanation and analysis paragraphs in Word Doc and email to Dr. H
Assn #3 Presentations
Assn#2 Revisions due--put on wiki
Read, Google Page Ranking Technology
Read, "10 Things You may not know about Wikipedia"  Be sure to click on "discussion" and "history" of this page.
Read, "Twitter Nation Has Arrived" -- Very Funny article!
Begin Assn#4--Research Survey and online slide presentation of results
Group Blog Post #5--Comment on Shirky, Chapter 5
Mar 16
Theory:  Self & Community on the Web
Web 2.0 Presentation --Dom Perigano
--Read Sturkin & Cartwright, Chapter 6 -- be prepared for a quiz
--Read, "Seven Things You Should Know about Social Bookmarking"
--Delicious--social bookmarking site
--Read, Jenkins, "Nine Propositions Towards a Cultural Theory of You Tube"

Assn#4--Come to class with survey finished and results ready for PowerPoint Slides.  Bring a headset or microphone if you have one for voice over narration practice.
Mar. 18
Theory:  Self & Community on the Web
--Read Sturkin & Cartwright, Chapter 6 -- be prepared for a quiz

Web 2.0 Presentation -- Taylor McKenna
Group Blog Post #6--Comment on some aspect of Sturkin & Cartwright, Chapter 6
"The Big Six (Media Companies)"

Assn#4-Workshop--Bring a headset or microphone if you have one for voice over narration practice.
BBC Broadcasting on Voice Recording and More

Videos on Podcasting

Mar. 23
Theory:  Politics of the Web
Net Neutrality

CCCC Resolution on Open Source Software
The Digital Humanities Manifesto
Read Tufte, "PowerPoint is Evil"

Assn #4- DUE -- Link SlideBoom presentation to Class Homepage
Presentations in class today.
Assn #5 -- From Text to Internet--Repurposing a research paper

Read:  Medosch, "Open Source Culture:  The Next Layer"

Web 2.0 Presentation -- Maggie McDonnell

Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget

Mar. 25
Theory:  International Politics of the Web
Read Shirky, Chapter 6
Digital Divide
Read, Bryne, "Learning to Love PowerPoint"
Read, One Laptop Per Child
Soyapi Mumba's Blog, "The Potential for Twitter in Africa"
Read, "Cell phones vs Laptops for Africa"
Read, Scholz, "Future Mobile:  Africa and the WWW"
Check out "Bytes for All"

World Social Networking Chart

Web 2.0 Presentation -- Erin Mahany
Assignment #4 presentations

Work on Assn #5
Web Writing Checklist--important

Mar. 30
Theory:  Web 2.0, 3.0 and Beyond
Trebor Scholz and Paul Hartzog: Toward a critique of the social web

Net Neutrality
QQ--Social Networking in China

Assignment #4 presentations
Assn #5

    Instructions for remixing Williams' pages with your own:

    • If desired, choose a page from the Robin William's sample pages to remix. Make it a simple page--not too complex.
    • Hit select all, copy and paste the entire Williams' page into Frontpage.
    • Decide on font and color scheme you will repeat in your web pages--different from Williams'
    • In FrontPage, copy/cut sections of William's page that you will transform in Photoshop.  Bring them into PhotoShop--hit "new" and the dimensions will be automatically selected for you.  You need not paste the William's selection in to the PhotoShop image window because you will not use it.  You will make your own, but the dimensions will be correct this way.
    • In Photoshop, recreate the sections in terms of art, colors and font to make them conform to and illustrate your topic
    • Back in FrontPage, replace the sections of Williams' page with your own designs.
  • Web 2.0 Presentations -- Chris Konopka


Continue Work on Assn #5--Title Page Due end of class
Group Blog # 7 -- What do you think about Scholz and Hartzog's assessment of the social web?

Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget

April 1
Read Sturkin & Cartwright, Ch 8--no quiz today. We'll get to work immediately on Assn #5 and then dismiss in time for the team send-off. 

Continue Work on Assn #5--3 Linked pages due. Be sure that page links are repeated on each page although the rest of the design may be somewhat simpler than your Title/homepage design.

Web 2.0 Presentation -- Meghan Kelly
Group Blog Post #8--Comment on Sturkin & Cartwright, Ch 8
Twitter Video


April 6

Read Shirky, Ch 7
Sturkin & Cartwright, Ch 8 QUIZ

Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget
Assn #4 Presentations
Continue Work on Assn #5

Web 2.0 Presentation -- Austin Grasty
Read "Is This the Future of the Digital Book?"



Radiohead, "Hail to the Thief"
April 8

Continue Work on Assn #5
Assn #4 Presentations

Group Blog Post #9--Comment on Surkin and Cartwright, Ch 10

Use Images from Public Domain
Images in Public Doman--Great List on Wikipedia
Web 2.0 Presentation -- Ali Foley

MIT--One Laptop Per Child
April 9-13
No Classes
Happy Easter Break
April 15
Read Shirky, Ch 8
Read Sturkin & Cartwright, Ch 10

Assn #5 DUE--all 6 pages due at beginning of class; you can print out in class if you need to.  I want hard copies of the web pages; email repurposed  text as Word doc to me.

Assn 5 Presentations

Web 2.0 Presentations -- Jen Cynwinski


Assn#6--Google Images Analysis--pick terms

April 20
Theory:  Visual Rhetoric in the Digital Realm

Read Shirky, Ch 9

Web 2.0 Presentation - Brian Corneliess

Work on Assn#6

Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget

Barbara Kruger, Media Artist
April 22
Read Shirky, Ch 10

Assn#6-- Due for Peer Edit--
Print out web pages (vertical orientation) and give to editor.  Link to Class Page for brief presentations today.  If text is not legible for editing (because of dark background), turn off background printing.
Assn#6 Editing Sheet--to be filled out by peer editor and returned to writer on Monday.

Assn#6 Presentations
NOTE:  All Assignment revisions (1-5), blogs and class homepage due before final.

Web 2.0 Presentations --Matt Caffrey


Begin Second Life Avatar Construction

April 27
Theory:  Theory:  Citizens in the Digital Sphere:  Virtual LIfe
Video on Secondlife
Return Assn#6 with Editing Sheets to writer

Read Shirky, Ch 11-12

Read, "Seven Things You Should Know about Virtual Worlds"
Read, "Europe Takes Lead in Second Life Users"
Read, Carr,
"Avatars Consume as Much Electricity as Brazilians"

Course Evaluations
Group Blog # 10 -- Comment on SecondLife experience
Class Web Page Evaluation
--You should have all classwork linked on your web site--Rainbow Reviews and Revised work.  Follow Williams' principles of web design.  Make sure all links are working. 
NOTE:  All Assignment revisions (1-5), blogs and class homepage due before final.

  • Assignments 1-3 to be revised online and linked to class homepage
  • Assignments 4 and 5 should be turned in as Word docs in addition to posting online and linking to class homepage.  I will send you Rainbow Reviews of these assignments.  Please revise the Word docs and return to me.
  • Then revise 4 and 5 online versions.
  • Assignment #6 should be submitted (analysis part) as a Word doc as well as posting online and linking to class homepage.
  • You are not required to revise Assn#6

Avatar creation and exploration in SecondLife
Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget

"Plenty Should Be Enough," Barbara Kruger

April 29
Theory:  Citizens in the Digital Sphere:  Virtual LIfe

Assn#6 DUE Final Version--Print out for Dr. Hollis and send Word doc of text.

Read, Koch, "Cyber-Citizens or Cyborg Citizens"

Blogs Due (1-10) --
All assignment revisions (1-5) must be finished and linked to the class homepage.  All blogs must be complete up to #10 to take final.

Study Guide for Final
Read Sven Birkerts--"Effects of Electronic Texts" (3 pages) in preparation for final.

Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget

May 5 -1:30-4:00
Final Exam  


"The Medium is the Message."
Marshall McLuhan

"The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. . . You give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be heroes of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing."
Socrates, Phaedrus

"The word processor's presentation of text is nostalgic in that it looks back to the aesthetic criteria of the printing press." 
J. David Bolter

Don't teach your children to share, or they just might.
Mark Poster,
Information Please

We look at the present through a rear-view mirror.  We march backwards into the future." 
Marshall McLuhan

"We are in the midst of a technological, economic, and organizational transformation that allows us to renegotiate the terms of freedom, justice , and productivity in the information society.  How we shall live in this new environment will in some significant measure depend on policy choices that we make over the next decade or so."
Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks

"The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur."
Alfred North Whitehead

To the vast new techniques of power correlated with multinational economies and bureaucratic states, one must oppose a politicization which will take new forms.
Michel Foucault,

Sharing data is the beginning of humanity.
Henry Louis Gates








Practice 1/14/08
FrontPage workshop--Creating your homepage and class page.  Click here for the class page model.

  1. Using Internet Explorer, go to your picture on the 2042 picture page
  2. Under your photo, click on "My homepage"
  3. If you don't already have a homepage, a blank page will appear with an error text on it.
  4. In the toolbar above, click on the E for edit icon. 
  5. You will be asked to sign into the VU server.
  6. Edit your page.

If you cannot log on to your homepage, call UNIT at 97777 to get them to fix it.
Begin Online Grammar Exercises-- Complete 44 exercises (4 per day--they're short!!) Must achieve a score of 90% or better on each.   You may resubmit grammar quizzes until you receive a score of 90% or better.






Practice 1/21/09
FrontPage workshop--Creating your homepage and class page

  1. Using Internet Explorer, go to your picture on the 2042 picture page
  2. Under your photo, click on "My homepage"
  3. If you don't already have a homepage, a blank page will appear with an error text on it.
  4. In the toolbar above, click on the E for edit icon. 
  5. You will be asked to sign into the VU server.
  6. Edit your page.

If you cannot log on to your homepage, call UNIT at 97777 to get them to fix it.
--Web Writing Begin Assn#1-- (We'll Discuss in Class--not due)
--Check out Villanova Images

--Online Grammar Exercises Must achieve a score of 90% or better.  You may retake and resubmit grammar quizzes. 










Practice 1/26/09
Continue work on Assn#1
Group Blog post #1 -- TBA

Internet Explorer 7 -- Editing Class Page from home

  1. Using Internet Explorer, go to your picture on the 2042 picture page
  2. Under your photo, click on "My homepage"
  3. If you don't already have a homepage, a blank page will appear with an error text on it.
  4. Find the "Page" title or icon at the top of one of the horizontal IE menu bars at the top of the page.  Click on Page
  5. Now click on "Edit with Microsoft Office FrontPage" from the drop down menu. 
  6. You'll be asked for your VU username and password
  7. Start editing!

Online Grammar Exercises -Must achieve a score of 90% or better.  You may retake and resubmit grammar quizzes. 

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Practice 2/9/09

Group Blog Post #1--Build Knowledge!  Add to an entry on Wikipedia--or start your own! Make it at least 5 sentences long. Then copy and paste into your blog.  Include a link to your Wikipedia page--use "link" function.  Don't paste in a big URL address. 

--To add info to a Wikipedia page, click "edit this page" at the top of the page or click on "edit" to the right of each major heading.  Writing/editing may look intimidating, but give it a good try before emailing me for help.

---To start a new page, just type your subject matter into the Wikipedia search box on the left. If no entry exists, you will be invited to create a new page. Somewhere in the content that you add to the new page, you'll have to "substantiate" your subject matter by linking to a secondary source that refers to it. The secondary source could be a web page, online newspaper article, etc. For more information see, "Wikipedia:  Your First Article."

--Remember that "All quotations and any material likely to be challenged should be attributed to a reliable, published source using an inline citation (footnote)."  (So if you don't want to risk having your contribution erased, try to keep it non-controversial and don't use quotations.)  If you do get into controversial realms, go here for information on in-text citations.

Online Grammar Exercises --Must achieve a score of 90% or better.  You may retake and resubmit grammar quizzes. 
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Practice  2/16/09
Group Blog Post #2-- Describe your Facebook/MySpace use/or lack of use.  How often to you log in, what do you do? Include a short evaluation of Facebook/MySpace.  Is there a part of yourself that you can't easily present on Facebook due to its structure? Why not? Describe your profile picture and paste it in your blog--why did you choose it? What does it reflect about you?  How often do you change it?  Compare your profile picture and other pictures you have on Facebook with the images in your image map--what are the differences in the identity you present?  Explain.

Extra Credit Wiki blog-Don't forget
Online Grammar Exercises--Must achieve a score of 90% or better.  You may retake and resubmit grammar quizzes.