Welcome to English 239!

This semester, we will be learning how to write with multiple media, specifically for an online, peer-reviewed journal. If that sounds boring or scary or doesn’t even make sense; give me a week to show you it will be fun, innovative, and offer you a more strategic way of communicating with peers, teachers, and future employers. This class isn’t about writing papers. It isn’t even about  “writing,” unless your definition of writing includes composing with multiple media and digital technology. You do not have to be a technological expert to do well in this class. You will be learning technologies throughout; sometimes you will know more or less than your classmates, and even more or less than I do. We will all help each other as we proceed.

Here’s a quick tour of the resources on this class blog, which serves as your syllabus/contract for this class (and is subject to change). At the top, you’ll find a row of links to important class information, including the following:

  • About describes the course goals and learning outcomes, course’s policies, required texts and technologies, grading and value systems.
  • the Schedule has the weekly calendar for this class, including reading assignments, what we’re doing in class that day, and other homework. The current version is from last year’s class — I always start with the same framework and change it weekly, as needed, so (again) make sure to check the online version every week for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
  • the Assignments pages describe all the major assignments you will complete. Some of these are posted already, but they will probably change slightly as the course morphs through the semester, so make sure to read the updates thoroughly when I assign these in class.

In the sidebar, to your right, you will find

  • the Instructor information, including my contact information. I will sometimes be in my office on Wednesdays before or after class, but the best way to ensure catching me is to email me and make an appointment. I do not have scheduled office hours because one hour a week won’t do much good for of-the-moment questions. Email me and I’ll get back to you pretty quickly, except at night when I do not check email (after 6pm usually).
  • the Blogroll, where I’ve listed Online Journals we’ll be studying this semester.

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can comment on this post or email me.

Looking forward to the semester,
Dr. Ball

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