Welcome To IDC 6010

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IDC 6010, Writing Across Visual Media

Please read the information that follows about this course and how it operates. Make sure you understand what’s expected of you and what the outcomes of the course are. Course policies mean the same rules apply to all students at all times. Please do not ask for exceptions–in the name of fairness for the entire class, your request can’t be accommodated. If you have questions, please post them in the discussion forum titled, “Questions About Syllabus.”

Familiarize yourself with the major assignments, grading expectations, and policies on professionalism and communication in online environments. Pay special attention to the University’s Academicy Dishonesty statement, located here.  If you plagiarize, you cannot pass the course. Once you’ve read through all of these items, you’ll be ready to start the semester.

Writing Across Media

IDC 6010: Writing Across Media explores a variety of media beyond the printed page and considers how, as technical communicators, we understand the significant technological and cultural forces that not only influence the profession and its writing practices but also shape the rhetorical purposes and audiences of the products we create.

The intersection of writing and new media technologies is a place where communicators create shared meanings  for readers. Language, technology, and readers interact in conjunction with culture, negotiated meaning, and community. As technical communicators, it is important that we understand how we can leverage media affordances to make meaning for our users and readers.

This class examines the theories of media/communication and engages in the practices of writing for a variety of media. In this class, we produce multiple modalities of texts, including audio podcasts, blogs, and videos. Students will demonstrate their synthesized knowledge of content with a midterm and final project. The course will also analyze writing for integrated social media as well as writing for mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

Learning Objectives

In this course, you will:

  • Define the iterative process of writing, editing and revising for diverse, digital media
  • Apply research and analytical skills to problem solving
  • Analyze the information needs of readers and the rhetorical situation
  • Synthesize the affordances of various media

Required Textbooks

Friedmann, Anthony. Writing For Visual Media, 4th edition. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2014.  You must purchase or rent the 4th edition ONLY.

Lunsford, Andrea. The Everyday Writer 5th edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins Press, 2014.  You must purchase or rent the 5th edition ONLY.

You can also check with various online booksellers to find our textbook.  Please note: you must purchase the correct, current edition of the text — not previous editions.  Organization, content, and chapter discussions are different from ALL previous editions.

Faculty Member: Dr. Jeanne Law Bohannon

  • D2L Email—for IDC 6010 questions: use our D2L course module email. I monitor the course during the day until 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Usually, I answer emails the same day, but standard protocol states that I may take up to 24 hours to give you a response.
  • SPSU Email—for non-course related questions and comments only:jeanne_bohannon@kennesaw.edu
  • Office: J348, 3rd Floor, Atrium Building, SPSU Campus
  • Phone: Please email me; I will not respond to texts or phone calls.

Logistics

Spring 2015: Monday, January 7 to Monday, April 29

This course is delivered in 15 weekly modules.  Our weeks begin on Monday and conclude on Sunday the first week of classes, and the rest of the semester Sunday-Saturday, with the last day officially on April 29. This gives you more time to digest and respond to course materials.

Each Monday, the week’s instructions are posted. You need to logon by Thursday (11:59 pm) each week to review the material, complete weekly discussion forums, and fulfill our attendance requirements as per the course policies.

Each week you should make yourself a “to do” list with notes on what you need to read and complete. If there are dates outside of the usual 1-week model or team members you need to contact, then you are responsible for checking in.

Course Policies

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is a serious form of academic misconduct and, as a result, it has serious consequences. Any plagiarized assignments will automatically receive a grade of “F”, and the student will be referred to the University’s Academic Integrity Office.

It is expected that plagiarism and the correct attribution (citation) of other’s ideas (including print, digital, images, and other media) are fully understood by graduate students. Contact me or any of the L.V. Johnson reference librarians if you’re ever confused about what constitutes plagiarism. You may use the library chat function in our course platform for quick questions.  DO NOT ASK ME TO HELP YOU FORMAT CITATIONS.  You are a graduate student.  As such I expect that you already possess a certain degree of knowledge regarding citing source materials.  I have provided you with a link to Purdue OWL in our Course Content module.  Any student work, group or individual, that results in plagiarism is subject to a grade of “F” as per above. Re-writes are not permitted under any circumstances in this class for work that has been plagiarized. Graduate students are responsible for ensuring all material is original or correctly cited. Misunderstandings, miscommunication, oversights or lack of comprehension as to what constitutes plagiarized materials are not accepted in this course.  Using appropriate attribution is a vital part of your growth as a scholar and also as a working professional.  It all comes down to ethics.

Attendance

Unlike face-to-face sessions in a classroom, we “meet” in the electronic environment of GeorgiaVIEW D2L. It is easy in virtual classroom scenarios like D2L to forget about the course. Online courses, especially at the graduate level, require your regular diligence every day.

  • If you disappear from activities, I presume you have dropped the class and not complied with the requirement regarding withdrawal notification. I will automatically remove you from our class activities but you are responsible for processing your withdrawal from the course. Please see our admin, Donna McPherson for details.

Computers

As a student in an online course, you are expected to have regular access to both the Internet and a computer. The specific hardware and software requirements were outlined in our Student Success Guide—this publication was sent to you with other materials such as your acceptance letter.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the computer(s) and devices that you use are functional, and that you have, in the case of technological failure, backed up your data.

Computer Problems

Computer problems are not accepted as an excuse for late work. Please make sure your computer is working. The middle of the semester isn’t generally a great time to upgrade the systems, make major configuration changes, etc. Ensure that your data is backed up. You may want to look at remote backup services.  Bottom line: you are responsible and accountable for your own working technology.

Deadlines

This course is paced to attain the highest levels of student engagement and enduring understandings of content. Please keep pace with assignments and discussions as late work isn’t accepted.  Once discussions and dropboxes are closed per stated deadlines, you may not submit work to receive credit.

Desire2Learn

Our course is conducted entirely through Desire2Learn (D2L), a learning management system, or LMS. No other options for delivery exist. Support for using D2L as a student or trouble-shooting advanced technical issues is not provided by the instructor as part of this course. There is a Tech Questions discussion thread included in the course for students to share information and ask questions of each other.

Discussions

Your active participation in discussion threads is expected and graded according to posted guidelines located in the Course Content Tab. Your posts should reflect your thoughtful response to the situation presented and adhere to the 500/150 mnimum word count model. The posts you read and reply to are tracked/reviewed and form a portion of your participation grade each week. Initial responses to threads are due within the first 60 hours of the week , Thursday’s, 11:59 pm, unless otherwise noted. Failure to post your intial response within that time frame equals a grade of zero.

Do-overs, Make-ups or Missed Work

You can not make up missed work or do an assignment again for additional credit. If you miss completing any of our weekly activities such as discussions or learning assessments, your grade is a zero. This is the same grade you’d receive if you missed an activity in the face-to-face classroom.  I would remind you again that you are a graduate student, and the expectation is that you conduct yourself as both a scholar and a professional.

Assessment of Your Work

Your assignments demonstrate how well you’ve understood the course content and applied the concepts we’ve covered in the course. At the graduate level, you’re graded on your in-depth syntheses, critical analyses, and conceptual applications.  The connections you make between concepts, in conjunction with the over-arching assignment criteria, form an important part of the grading review. You’re also graded on your rhetorical choices–both textual, auditory, and visual. Please review the grading criteria for the course before yoy submit assignments.

Because this is a graduate-level course, I expect that students are highly competent with grammar, mechanics, usage and style.  I expect you to understand and apply these items across multiple contexts and discourse communities.  Your work is graded accordingly for this expectation.

We all make the occasional typo; however, systemic errors in basic writing will dramatically lower your grade.

Writing Center

I encourage all graduate students to use KSU’s  Writing Center, located in Suite 184 in the Student Center on the Marietta Campus.  Please visit: http://www.spsu.edu/writingcenter/ for tutoring hours and online chat.  Yes, you are enrolled in an online course, but as a scholar and professional you should make time to make use of free campus resources that will improve your performance.

Honor Code

SPSU has an Honor Code and a procedure relating to when academic misconduct is alleged. Information about the Honor Code and the misconduct procedure may be found at http://spsu.edu/honorcode/.

Incompletes

The grade of “I” is given only in the latter part of the semester and when a student’s work is satisfactory but, due to reasons beyond her of his control, has not been completed. Again, it is your responsibility to consult the Graduate Academic Catalog to obtain information about current practices and policies.

Late Work

Late work is not accepted. For reasons of fairness and equity, every student must adhere to the same schedule.  Two words:  scholar & professional.

Learning Assessments via Discussion Forums

Learning assessments in the form of discussions help you reflect on the content of the course. From your responses, I can gauge how you are progessing in your synthesis of course content. Therefore, discussion forums are assessed.

Major Assignment Completion

You must complete all major assignments in this course. Regardless of your point-based standing, you will receive an “F” for the course if you do not complete the major assignments.

Participation

Your active participation in this course is expected. It is also graded. This means discussions and other exercises where you’re interacting with the class require your active involvement. I track and monitor your authentic participation via D2L.

Passing Grades

Any assignment receiving a grade of less than a B (80%) has not received a passing grade. Overall, you require a B or better (80%) to pass the course. SPSU does not use the +/- system for final course grades.  There is no pass/fail, because this is a credit-bearing course.

Religious Holidays

Students needing to miss an activity due to the observance of an officially recognized religious holy day are asked to consult with me in advance via email.

Roster

You are required to add a professional photo of yourself and your biographical information to the roster. No exceptions.  This must be completed during the first week of the course.

Withdrawals

SPSU posts its deadlines for withdrawal on the Zimbra calendar included as part of your SPSU-Zimbra email access. It is your responsibility to be aware of the dates and to make decisions about your academic career in a timely manner. Faculty can not withdraw you from a course; you must follow the procedures outlined in the current Graduate Academic Catalog and contact Donna McPherson.

If you do a self-initiated withdrawal, you must notify our program assistant, Donna McPherson and me regarding your withdrawal. D2L and Banner do not provide automated notification about student status. It is important both Ms. McPherson and I are aware of changes in your registration status.

Note Bien:

I practice critical/digital pedagogy as a theoretical foundation for all of my interactions with students and colleagues.  Please Google this term so that you understand where I am coming from in my teaching.

Please also view my faculty profile at http://educate.spsu.edu/jbohanno/index.htm to review my teaching philosophy, current and past research, and publications.  I look forward to facilitating your growth as both a scholar and professional within your chosen field of practice.

Writing Across Visual Media

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