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)

Weekly Schedule

dropbox.com

All documents associated with the class and all assignments will be submitted through dropbox.com. You will need to create an account at dropbox.com in order to submit your assignments. This account is free.

 

I created a folder for each of you within the course folder. Each of these folders will contain other folders for each assignment with a "Ready for Grading" folder within each. I will assume that any documents placed into the Ready for Grading folder are ready for grading. You are welcome to save any other documents in this space. Please do NOT delete any documents in the course folder or the Ready for Grading folder.

 

In order to ensure that all students have access to the course documents in dropbox, I will have to share the entire course folder with everyone, which means that everyone will have access to everyone else’s folder. We will work on the honor system, which says that no one will go into anyone else’s folder without permission.

Additional Graduate Readings & Responses/Undergraduate Responses

Three times during the semester, graduate students will be required to read an extra article/chapter and write a critical response on their blog (see Deliverables for more information about blog responses). Graduate students are indicated with an asterick in the righ-hand column on each page of this course website. These additional responses are the equivalent of being the discussion leader in a face-to-face class. Graduate Students should read the extra reading and write a response intended to inform/teach the undergraduate students about the content of the reading. All undergraduate students should then respond to/engage all three graduate students' responses.

January 12

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Introduction to the Class; Hybrid Format; Blog Responses; Technology Autobiography Assigned; dropbox; flash drive Topic: What are digital literacies?
DUE: Response to the Syllabus (memo to the instructor)

Blog Response: Lankshear & Knobel--Introduction and Chapter 1 (available in dropbox); Email instructor with your blog URL (address)

January 19

Face-to-Face

Online

MLK Day: No F-to-F class Topic: Affordances & Constraints
Blog Response: Jones & Hafner (Chapter 1); Use Activity 1.1 (p. 9) to guide your response.

January 26

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: InDesign Quick Demo & Practice; Magazine Layout Assigned

Due to dropbox: Technology Autobiography



Recommended Tutorial Resource:
Cohen, InDesign CC

  • Chapter 1 (Getting Started)
  • Chapter 2 (Document Setup)
  • Chapter 3 (Basic Text)
Topic: Information as Social Practice

Blog Response: Jones & Hafner (Chapter 2)

 

February 2

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Creating thumbnails of your magazine layout; Technology Autobiographies available in dropbox


Recommended Tutorial Resource
Cohen, InDesign CC

  • Chapter 4 (Working with Objects)
  • Chapter 5 (Working in Color)
  • Chapter 6 (Fills, Strokes, and Effects)
Topic: Mashups and Remixing

Blog Response: Jones & Hafner (Chapter 3) and Lawrence Lessig TED Talk

Additional Graduate Student Response/Undergraduate Response
Bolton & Grusin (available in dropbox)

February 9

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: InDesign Workshop


Recommended Tutorial Resource
Cohen, InDesign CC

  • Chapter 8 (Importing Graphics)
  • Chapter 9, p. 214-219 (Wrapping Text)
  • Chapter 13 (Tabs and Tables)
  • Chapter 15 (Styles)
Topic: Multimodality Hyperreading & Hyperwriting

Blog Response: Jones & Hafner (Chapter 4)

Additional Graduate Student Response/Undergraduate Response
Kress & van Leewen (Available in dropbox)

February 16

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Photoshop Quick Demo


Recommended Tutorial Resource
Weinmann & Lourekas, Photoshop CC

  • Chapter 2 (Creating Files)
  • Chapter 5 (Workspaces)
  • Chapter 7 (Layer Essentials)
  • Chapter 19 (Type)

 

Topic: Online Interaction Multimodality
Blog Response: Jones & Hafner (Chapter 5)

February 23

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Continue with Photoshop; Standing Reserve Image Collage Assigned

Due: Magazine Layout


Recommended Tutorial Resource
Weinmann & Lourekas, Photoshop CC

  • Chapter 9 (Selections and Masks)
  • Chapter 10 (History Panel)
  • Chapter 11 (Using Color)

Blog Response: Heidegger (available in dropbox); Click here for a useful overview (I suggest after you've read the essay)

March 2

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Software Analysis Assigned (we will identify groups in class); Catch Up Workshop


Recommended Tutorial Resource
Weinmann & Lourekas, Photoshop CC

  • Chapter 13 (Combining Images)
  • Chapter 20 (Layer Styles)
Topic: Multiliteracies
Due: Selber (available in dropbox)

March 9

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Catch Up Workshop

Due: Standing Reserve Image Collage
Topic: Attention Structures
Blog Response: Jones & Hafner (Chapter 6)

March16

Face-to-Face

Online

Due: Software Analysis and Presentation

Due: Nothing, Gift of Time

March 23-27: Spring Break

March 30

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Dreamweaver Quick Demo

Bridgeford: Constructing a Website Module (Available in dropbox under Course Documents)


Recommended Tutorial Resource
Negrino & Smith, Dreamweaver CC

  • Chapter 1 (Introduction)
  • Chapter 3 (Building Your First Page)
  • Chapter 5 (Including Images and Media)
Topic: Online Language

Blog Response: Jones & Hafner (Chapter 5) Use Activity 5.1 (p. 72) to guide your response.

April 6

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Continuing with Styles

Bridgeford: Constructing a Website Module (available in dropbox)


Recommended Tutorial Resource
Negrino & Smith, Dreamweaver CC

  • Chapter 7 (Styling Page Content)
  • Chapter 8 (Using Styles for Layout)
  • Chapter 9 (Managing Styles)
Topic: Critical Literacy

Blog Response: Jones & Hafner (Chapter 7); use Activity 7.1 (pp. 102-103) to guide your response.


April 13

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Workshop Topic: Interface

Blog Response: Manovich (Available in dropbox)

Additional Graduate Student Response/Undergraduate Response
Selfe & Selfe (available in dropbox)

April 20

Face-to-Face

Online

Topic: Course Evaluations; Prepare for Presentations Due: Nothing, gift of time

April 27

Face-to-Face

Online

Website Presentations Blog Response: Course Reflection

May 1

All Website assignments are due to dropbox by 5:00 PM.