You must complete all assignments and requirements in order to pass this course. Your final grade includes the following requirements:

Course Requirements and Weight

The projects are designed to build upon one another, both in terms of the concepts involved and the work that you will do.

Descriptions of the Major Projects

Project 1: Statement of Online Identity. Due Wednesday, September 2; Presentations on September 2 & 4. Worth 10%.
Laptop icon showing a woman's business profile, signifying the Online Identity ProjectYou will think about who you online and create a Statement of Your Online Identity, combining a digital image with a brief explanatory text. You will share your image and a short self-introduction in an in-class presentation. Your goals are to think about your online personality and reputation, to help us get to know you, and to create resources you can use in your Academic Portfolio.

Project 2: Build an Academic Portfolio. Due Friday, September 25. Worth 10%.
Laptop Icon, signifying the Academic Portfolio ProjectYou will design and create an academic portfolio where you will publish the work that you do for this course and other course you have and will take at Virginia Tech. You will write and design text for online presentation, use digital images (and if desired, video and audio), and use basic HTML and CSS syntax.

Project 3: Interrogate a Story Source. Due Monday, October 26. Worth 15%.
Book icon with magnifying glass, signifying the Interrogate a Story Source projectYou will choose a story that you want to remix for Project 4 and, then, choose one source of that story, which you will analyze in a multi-page web essay. Your analysis should go beyond merely describing what happens in the story to investigating how the author controls or influences the reader’s interaction with the story through the ways that the story is created, published, and distributed.. Your web essay should include a rhetorical analysis and discussion of design choices in the context of your analysis of the affordances and constraints of the methods of creation, publication, and distribution.

Project 4: Remix a Story. Due Monday, November 30. Worth 25%.
Electric hand mixer icon, signifying the remix projectYou will take an existing story (fiction or nonfiction) originally told primarily in the linguistic mode and translate it into a new, digital, multimodal version. You will present your new version of the story in class at the end of the semester.

The idea of remaking an old story in a new way should be familiar to you. Anytime a movie is made that is based on a book, those involved are creating a new multimodal version of the original linguistic-focused text. You are not limited to making a movie-version of your text however. Nearly anything goes. I only ask that you use at least three modes of communication. You may stick closely to the original version of the story or event, or you may reimagine the story from another perspective. Your options are open for this assignment.

Take-Home Final Exam: Academic Portfolio Revision. Due date varies. Worth 15%.
Open end wrench and pencil, crossed in an X, signifying the Academic Portfolio Revision ProjectYou will return to your academic portfolio (Project 2) and improve your online academic and/or professional identity by adding resources to your site and improving its design choices, navigation, and overall presentation. Your goal will be to review your portfolio given what you have learned during the term about rhetoric, design choices, and the affordances and constraints of the methods of creation, publication, and distribution you have chosen. After your review, you will revise the site in light of your analysis to improve the portfolio so that you can continue to use it to showcase your writing while studying in the English Department.

Five Reminders about the Course Work

  1. You must complete all major projects and the exam in order to pass this course.
  2. Attendance, quizzes, and discussion posts are part of the participation portion of your grade, but completing these activities will also improve your projects.
  3. Revise each project extensively before submitting it for a grade. There are no rewrites or revisions after work is graded.
  4. Submit all your projects online in Canvas. Nothing else is accepted.
  5. Find details on how to submit each project posted on the course website on the due date.