Welcome to E365!


Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis argue that “Design is a process in which the individual and culture are inseparable . . . [c]ulture is no more and no less than the accumulated and continuing expression of agency; of Designing.”  In this course, we will explore the ways in which digital composing can work as an expression of agency, explore the rhetoric and construction of digital media arguments and consider the cultural and social implications of making such arguments. We will learn basic audio and video editing skills, create a blog in WordPress, and produce a portfolio of digital and alphabetic compositions. Students will be encouraged to compose projects in areas of personal interest.

Although there will be lots of “how to” instruction and time, we’ll also spend time thinking about the cultural context in which we compose digital media.  How does digital media function in culture?  How does it potentially contribute to social change?  What are the access and equity issues related to digital media?  We’ll talk about academic theories of “how to read” digital compositions, relevant social issues like copyright, current events related to digital media, online circulation of digital texts like “memes” or viral Youtube videos, and so forth.

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