Online Writing Activities

General Rules for Contributions

Posts in the first category of original contributions are due by the start of class on Tuesdays; response posts are due by the start of class on Thursdays.

Remember that this is a writing-intensive, 500-level course. All posts need to be thoughtful and detailed. At this point, I will not dictate content or length (although, be aware that 3-4 sentences won’t cut it!), but I reserve the right to step in at any time to add additional rules or stipulations.

Part One: Original Contributions (20%)

Using WordPress, you will set up and contribute to your own individual blogs. You are required to post at least twice a week beginning the week of August 26 and ending the week of November 4. Each week you must publish one post that does two things:

  • Reaction. Each week you should post a response to one or more of the readings that we will be discussing in the next class; these comments will be used as a foundation for class discussion. These responses can be argumentative, philosophical, analytic , or what you feel is appropriate (tone is up to you, but please keep it non-offensive). Usually it will be your choice, but sometimes I may want us all to focus on one reading, or ask different clusters of students to focus on separate readings. I’ll let you know.
  • Research. After you have responded to one or more of the readings, you must find a recent article or blog post that deals with some aspect of new media that interests you or that you want to investigate (further your reaction to the readings). For instance a recent government study suggests that online education may be more effective for college students than traditional face-to-face classes; what’s your take on this study? You should comment on and link to the article or post you’re discussing; the link should be placed high in your post and your entry title should give us some idea of what you’re going to discuss (not “Cool stuff” but “Neat new program to draw graphic novels”, as an example). Your posts must contain original content and not just summarize the information in the link. And of course, links must work. If you start thinking now about later assignments in the semester, you could use the blog as a way of starting your research.

Part Two: Responses to the Community (10%)

These points will be awarded for the blog comments you place on your classmates’ posts. I’m expecting you to do at least one a week for the rest of the semester. These must be added no later than one class AFTER the posts are due. While these will be less extensive than your blog posts, your comments must further the discussion, not just say “I like this” or “Interesting-thanks”! If at all possible, suggest ideas that the poster and your classmates may want to consider, or suggest resources that might illuminate the discussion.

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