There are two articles for Tuesday’s class – you can find them by using Dacus Library databases
Bronwyn Williams, “Tomorrow will not be like today: Literacy and identity in a world of multiliteracies,” J. Adolescent & Adult Literacy 51.8 (2008) (Academic Search Premier)
Kouider Mokhtari et al., “Assessing the New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension” The Reading Teacher 62.4 (2008): 354-57. (Academic Search Premier)
And again, for those interested, here are more resources about language and online identity:
Bronwyn Williams, “”What South Park Character Are You?’: Popular Culture, Literacy, and Online Performances of Identity.” Computers & Composition 25. 1 (Mar 2008): 24-39. Science Direct Social and Behavioral Sciences Database.
Before Spring Break, we talked about the prospects and challenges of the Internet – the website I mentioned (Global Voices) can now be found on the Resource page. Keeping with this theme, today’s discussion focuses on how social media is changing how we think about news and the global community.
This week is our eighth for online activities – that means everyone should have a total of 24 posts by the end of this week!
By March 8, 16 research/reaction and 8 responses to other blog posts
Reminder: after spring break, we will drop the total activities down to two. Everyone will post ONCE on Tuesday (either a research or a reaction post, your choice) and respond ONCE on Thursday. We will continue to do these online writing activities for three weeks, but starting the week of April 9, we will stop in order to concentrate on peer review. Our first peer review day is April 10.
Total activities for the semester: 30 (19 posts and 11 responses)
After looking back through Chapter 10, I’d like you to just skim it, looking for those “big fish” I mentioned in class. In hindsight, I believe this book is a bit more focused on marketing and mass media – we will continue reading the chapters, but I will also be providing supplementary texts that will focus more on language/literacy issues.
Since Chapter 10 discusses intellectual property rights and the topic came up in Thursday’s class, I’m adding some online pieces about the recent SOPA legislation.
For those interested in how people outside the US are covering this topic, follow this link to an article on BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16655272 (this site is from a more “global” perspective, and includes links on the subject from a variety of websites)
Hello! By now, all of you should have your own WordPress blogs – available by clicking on the Blogroll links to the right. We will use this website as the class blog/home page for the semester, and it will contain information about the syllabus, reading schedule, and assignments.
Let me know if you have questions! The reading for Thursday is Chapter 14 in your textbook. Remember to comment on at least one student’s blog by the start of class.
2012 is the Year of Reading Globally for Winthrop University’s English Department. WRIT 510, Global Communication, is one of a series of courses designed to supplement our regular course offerings that already have a global component. But why this topic? Why global communication as a special topics course?
Preparing students for success in a global society is the primary focus of Winthrop’s Vision of Distinction. This document emphasizes the “dizzying” rate of change students are experiencing, and the “Readiness Winthrop” initiative calls for the Winthrop community to devise new ways to prepare students for these changes.
Winthrop’s Quality Enhancement Plan or Global Learning Initiative wants to enhance global education for students and prepare them to be informed and effective global citizens.
NCTE’s Position Statement on 21st Century Literacies posits that the new century requires “multiple, dynamic, and malleable” literacies, a range of skills and abilities that involve technology, cross-cultural teamwork, global communication, information design, multi-media texts, and the management of simultaneous streams of information.
In addition to a knowledge of language and literature, the Core Goals for Undergraduate English majors at Winthrop require students to develop advanced communication and technological skills. The issue of globalization is increasingly important to student learning, emphasizing the need for a course that focuses on language and communication from a global perspective.
As a result, Global Communication will start with a brief history of communication before expanding to its components, such as the internet, news, and social media. We will read texts that offer insight into a myriad of issues regarding global communication: its history and theories, political and lawful issues, and global implications of the internet. Various written and multimodal assignments ask students to trace the origins of a word/phrase, analyze the discourse of an online community, and track a global event from multiple perspectives.