This assignment moves us between the values you hold for digital media texts that you like (and don’t like) and the values that digital writing studies holds for the digital media genre(s) of “scholarly multimedia” that we’ll be producing in class. Based on your work on this assignment, we’ll be creating evaluation criteria for your final projects (which we’ll discuss more in class on Sept. 21.)
Due date: Wednesday, September 28.
- to learn about the values that the field of digital writing studies (as a primary audience for our final projects) has for scholarly multimedia texts
- to transfer our own values of digital media to other kinds of texts, examining what transfers and what doesn’t and why
- to begin culling down the available evaluation criteria for scholarly multimedia into a “short list”
- to practice analytical writing as a hybrid of school and public genres that are useful in more and less formal writing practices like “reading responses” and “blog posts”
- Pick a webtext from one of the scholarly multimedia journals we’re studying and apply the three sets of criteria (yours + 2 that I assigned as reading) to determine which/whether they are valuable/useful tools to read and evaluate that text.
- Decide which of the concepts/terms/questions from the criteria seem most relevant to your chosen webtext. Are there any still missing that you think should be included?
- Comment on this page, describing your criteria choices (including any you added) and justify why you think those choices are the most relevant ones to scholarly multimedia.
Things to consider:
- Be sure to link to the example in your response.
- This assignment is similar to an analytical/response essay in that you need to make sure I can understand your point (e.g., which criteria you’re justifying and why) by defining/summarizing the criteria you’re using, describing the textual examples through writing or screenshots, and making it clear to me through references to the texts and the criteria why these things make sense together while others didn’t make sense to include. You’re creating your own grading criteria for this class, so make sure you’re as clear as you’d want your peers to evaluate your work with.