Planning The Future of Writing

Today we’re beginning our final unit, but before we do I want to check in on your reflection assignment for Unit 2, which is due tonight: any questions about what you need to do?

Unit 3: The Future of Writing (FOW) Project

First, let’s review the [assignment] for Unit 3.

Exploring the mission of FOW

The FOW site, as I have imagined it, brings together a few different ideas: it focuses on technology and digital culture but is targeted toward an audience of undergraduate students who have their own sets of norms, concerns, and expectations. While I could not find any digital culture sites directed toward college students, there are several excellent sites focused on college students and college life more generally, as well as many sites that focus on digital and techno-culture. Our goal is to imagine a space that brings those worlds together.

Take 20 minutes to (1) read and discuss some of these sites in your group and (2) add some ideas for FOW content to the Google Document we looked at last week. Each group has a variety of content to look at: one of your examples is student-oriented, one is a mainstream site that focuses on digital culture, and one focuses specifically on educational technology.

Group 1: Jerk Magazine (Syracuse U), WiredCampus Technology,

Group 2BurntX (U of Texas), MashableDigital Rhetoric Collaborative,

Group 3The Writer’s Bloc (U Maryland), The VergeHASTAC

Group 4Rookie MagazineTech CrunchEdTech Magazine

Group 5MicDailyDot, Educause

As you observe these sites, notice how they are organized/arranged and how that organization produces unique content. Also observe some constants in terms of audience or topics. Finally, keep in mind that we are looking for genres, assignments, or prompts related to digital culture that might interest college readers specifically, but also a variety of writers. Above all, we are looking for sustainable, important programming that is exciting to compose and produce.

Homework for Thursday, 11/30: Planning your project

Now that we’ve shared some examples, I hope you have an idea in mind. The next step now is to map it through a planning document. As mentioned on the assignment page for Unit 3, the planning document is important because it helps sketch your project and strategies for the next few weeks. The following is due in your WRT Google Drive folder before class on Thursday since we’ll use this document in class.

  • Description of the project (100 words): including your title, media chosen, tools required, and a summary of content.
  • Practical goals (bulleted): these are 3-4 learning objectives you plan to achieve by the end of the unit (example: learn the basics of Garageband, write a draft of a critical review of an app, etc.)
  • Ideal goals (bulleted): these are 2-3 goals that would be awesome to meet if you had more time.
  • Schedule: a breakdown of what you’ll do in class and out to meet the practical goals listed above. You might consider filling in a grid like this with your tasks to meet your goals:
Tuesday HW Thursday HW
Nov 28 Nov 30
Dec 5 Dec 7
Dec 12 Dec 14