Posting to FOW

For our last class I’d like to review what’s due and how to submit your work. But first, I want to update you on my availability through December 19, when your final project is due.

  • Wednesday 12/13 — I’ll be in my office (Victoria 412) from 9:30-3. Make an appointment with me and I’ll be glad to help you!
  • Thursday, 12/14, Friday, 12/15, and Monday, 12/18 — I’ll be available via Skype, Google Hangouts, or by phone almost any time during the day. Shoot me an email and we can find a time to talk.
  • Tuesday, 12/19 — I’ll be in my office (Victoria 412) next from 9:00-2:30. Make an appointment for last minute questions. Your project is due by the end of the day.

What’s due?

You’re turning in at least three accurately-marked items for me by the end of the day on December 19. All relevant documents should in saved in a Unit 3 subfolder in your WRT shared folder.

  1. a final plan
  2. any process documents for your project — scripts, drafts, outlines, plans, raw files, etc.
  3. a letter to future students

In addition, you will post a draft of your project on FOW. Here’s how.

Customize your profile on FOW

  1. Go to futureofwriting.com and scroll to the bottom to “Meta.” Click “Log in.” Use your Rowan email address for your username and the password I give you in class.
  2. Once you’re logged in, click “Profile” and update your information: enter your first name, last name, write a short bio, and use Gravatar to add your picture. This is important as it will add your bio to your posts (commonly known as a “Byline”).
  3. Finally, since you all have the same p/w, generate a new one for yourself so your posts are secure. Write this down so you can log in to the site again.

Add New Posts to FOW

  1. As an “Author” user in WordPress, you can write, upload photos to, edit, and publish your own posts; however, you cannot access other posts.
  2. Add a post, just as you did in the first unit. Note that the featured image for your post will be placed prominently on your post, so choose it well.
  3. Choose the most appropriate category and use multiple tags for your post. For example, if you interviewed someone on campus about their favorite apps, you might choose “interview” for your category but also tag it “interview,” “app,” “Rowan,” etc.
  4. Choose “Save Draft” until you are ready to publish it to the site (see image).

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