Understanding Digital Literacies

Developing digital literacies ’"means more than mastering the technical aspects of digital tools. It also means using those tools to do something in the social world, and these things we do invariaby involve meanaging our social relationships and our social identifies in all sorts of different and sometimes unpredictable situations (Rodney H. Jones & Christoph A. Hafner, p. 13)

Course Policies

Participation and Blogs

This course is conducted partially online. You are expected to participate in blog responses just as you would be expected to participate in a discussion in a face-to-face class. The great convenience here is that you have some flexibility with the days and times that you post your blogs. However, this course is not a self-paced course. You will be interacting with other people, including the instructor, so you are expected to stay on top of due dates for blog responses. Part of the course grade is based on your participation with blog postings and responses. Each week that a blog response is due, I will ask you to post by Thursdays each week at 11:59 PM and respond to other two other students’ posts by Sunday at 11:59 PM. Responses to posts must be thoughtful and have some depth. Simply posting “I agree” or “I know what you mean” does not constitute a thoughtful post. It needs to be original and engaging. Responses to posts constitute part of your participation grade.


As in the professional workplace, much of the work we will be doing in the face-to-face portion of the class depends on your interaction with others; therefore attendance is an essential component of your grade. If you must miss a class, please let me know ahead of time and be prepared to offer a plausible excuse. Missed classes do have a bearing on your grade. If you miss more than one class, you can expect a deduction in your grade. Keep in mind that a miss is still a miss, whether you have a good excuse or not.

Additionally, if you must miss a class, please find out from a classmate what happened that day and the details of any assignments. I simply and honestly do not have the time or the energy to re‐present what we've done in class—but if you ever want to discuss something that came up in class or look at versions of the work you are doing for class, I'll be more than happy to meet with you.

I go out of my way to offer class time for working on projects. Therefore, Students deliberately missing workshop or presentation days will not receive an A.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the presentation of writing or ideas as your own by either failing or forgetting to quote,
failing to paraphrase properly, or failing to document properly. In addition to any sanctions the University may wish to impose about academic honesty and plagiarism, you will receive an F on the
assignment for the first offense. For the second offence you will fail the course.

Plagiarism includes but is not limited to using material from a journal or magazine article, excerpts
from books, material from the web, ideas from your mother, the thoughts or work of another student,
and so on., without appropriate citation.

If you use the published, unpublished, or unwritten works or ideas of someone else, you must give
proper credit to your source through correct documentation. Failure to do so, regardless of intent, will
be considered plagiarism. Remember that any lectures or written materials provided by the instructor
are legally copyrighted material and should be treated as such.

Students with Disabilities

Accommodations are provided for students with registered disabilities. For more information contact
Services for Students with disabilities in EAB 117 or 554-2872, TTY 554-3799.