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Getting to your ilstu webspace

Here are instructions for accessing the web space of your personal directory at your ilstu account.

to do this in 408 classroom:

to do this from a Windows machine elsewhere:

to do this from any machine anywhere (a little more complicated imo):

What the heck is my personal datastore?

Research Assignment

Based on your project idea, each person in your group needs to find 2 pieces of research (at least one scholarly, one popular; but can also be two scholarly; they can all be linear or multimodal, doesn’t matter). Annotate both of those pieces for your groupmates. The annotation should:

  • be a written summary of the research
  • describe how the research relates to your proposed project
  • point out any important points you can use in your project
  • point out any important points you think the article misses that your project will fill
  • include an appropriate multimodal representation of the research, which you might be able to use as part of your webtext

Post what your two articles are here, as Comments on this blog post. Include here the research item’s title, its publication venue, a link if that’s available, and enough info (1-2 sentences) as to why you think this piece is a good fit for your project. The point isn’t to pick ANY two pieces of research; it’s to choose at least two pieces that will be of significant use to your project. Each person can post their two, or the group can post collectively.

You need to post your choices by Friday of this week. Your annotations are due in class next Wednesday.

Glossary Terms & Disciplinary Conversations

Glossary Terms

  • new media
  • databases
  • website
  • search engine
  • pedagogy
  • praxis
  • webtext

Disciplinary Conversations

  • popular trends/memes found on the Internet [parody]
  • teaching “new” technologies
  • multimodal processes (enacting & discussing)
  • visual rhetoric of family
  • English-only discourses/multimodality and multilingualism
  • technological literacy practices/values
  • cultural retrospective/memorial of current events (Sept. 11)
  • impact of visuals in (literary) texts [analysis]
  • ???

Journal Submission Review

Using the list of online journals provided in the right sidebar of this blog, find and read as much information as you can on these journal’s websites about their submission and editorial processes. Part of discovering this information will give you clues about what kinds of texts and what topics these journals are interested in, which will give you insight to the journals’ readership (e.g., audiences). Make notes for yourself (to discuss in class next week) that helps you remember what the mission/vision of each journal is, how they are different (or similar) to each other, what kinds of topics and formats each publishes, and any other details you think might be relevant to helping us discuss the journals as possible venues for the webtexts you’ll produce in this class. If you want, you can post a Comment with your succinct notes in response to this blog post, but it’s not required. Just be ready to discuss each of the journals in class next week.

Also, while you’re on the journals’ pages, skim some of the example texts to get a feel for whether the journal’s submission requirements live up to the texts they publish. (e.g., is what they’re asking for what they get/publish? Where can you see yourself within any of these journals? What genres, what content, are you most interested in? — you’re starting to get ideas for proposing your own project!)

Next week, we’ll look closely at a few webtexts in class.

Explaining multimodality

In the Comments, place a link to your online text. If it’s not accessible online, upload it to the course dropbox, which you should have just gotten an email about in your ilstu account. Let me know if you have questions.

For homework, leave a Comment responding to these two questions:

  1. What other concepts/ideas about multimodality do you have questions about? What else would you have included in your presentation but didn’t have time?
  2. If you had to revise your group’s presentation, what would you do differently?