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general info

The purpose of English/DTC 355 is to encourage you to question how rhetoric functions in and through multimodal texts. Specifically, our goal throughout this course is to answer the question: what makes for an effective multimodal text? We will examine how meaning is construed through the use of images, sounds, arrangements, colors, shapes, sizes, movement, and fonts. We will analyze the ways rhetors construct multimodal texts, and we will also create our own multimodal texts. This is a computer-intensive course, yet the goal of this course IS NOT to become a whiz at software or web coding. Instead, together we will learn to use Photoshop, iMovie, CSS, and HTML in order to create rhetorically saavy multimodal texts. Throughout the course I encourage you to keep asking, "is this effective? for who? and in what situations?"

catalog description
DTC/ENGL 355 [C] [M] Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics. 3 credits. Writing for new computer-based media; multimedia authoring project; examination of new rhetorics of information technology.

Learning Outcomes

required materials

Attendance: Because we will be working collaboratively on many assignments, and because learning is a communal effort, your regular attendance is important. You can miss three classes with no questions asked. After three absences, in order not to lose points you must contact me and explain your reasoning for the absence. More than five absences will result in a failing grade for the course. Excessive tardiness will also be counted as an absence. As defined on the assignments page, participation is 10% of your grade (this includes absences and attentiveness)

Late Work: Acceptance of late work is unusual and must be discussed in conference with the teacher. Late work will receive a lowered grade if turned in within one week of the original due date. Work turned in later than one week past the original due date will be given an automatic grade of F.

Grading Policy: For more information on the assignments themselves, percentages, and evaluation criteria, visit the assignments page. The grading scale is 100-93 A ||| 90-92 A- ||| 88-89 B+ ||| 83-87 B ||| 80-82 B- ||| 78-79 C+ ||| 73-77 C ||| 70-72 C- ||| 60-69 D ||| below 60 F

WSU Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center (Washington Building 217; 509-335-3417) to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. For more information contact a Disability Specialist on your home campus: Pullman or WSU Online: 509-335-3417  http://accesscenter.wsu.edu Access.Center@wsu.edu

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