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Spring 2010

Instructor:  Michele Polak 

Email:  polak@hws.edu

Office/Hours:  205A  Smith Hall  TTh 1:30-2:45p & by Appt

Office Phone:  781-3181

Section 01/3659  1:25-2:50p  M, F  9 Rosenberg

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WRRH205:  Rhetorical Bytes

Digital Rhetorics & Writing With New Technologies

Course Requirements

Critical thinking is the framework in which you should consider placing your writing. 

Grading Policy.  All projects will be assigned a letter grade based upon the following percentages:

For each project, I will provide the criteria by which your writing will be graded.  If at any time you have a question about your grade in this class, please do not hesitate to come see me so we can discuss the issue.

Online Blog Response.  As this is a writing course focusing on writing with new technologies, there is a required blog element for this course.  I have created a course blog that I will keep updated with entries posted weekly (or bi-weekly, as topics arise).  You are required as part of your grade to post at least nine response comments by the end of the semester.  Because I plan to integrate discussions of writing for online spaces into our learning, I will be providing due dates for these response comments, scattered throughout the semester.  The due dates are listed in this syllabus.  Please note: this is a public blog!  This means that I have allowed for any reader to post comments, per my approval.  By doing so, I hope to expand our community of scholars to one that includes readers from other spaces so you are welcome to share the link.  The course blog address can be found under Required Materials listed in this syllabus.  I suggest you place the blog URL in your favorites bar on your computer so you will be reminded to read it regularly.

Participation and Preparation.  Not only is it important for you to be present in class, but it is also crucial that you have a voice in discussions, group work, and in-class writing.  Active, engaged participation is therefore required on your part.  You should come to class prepared to participate every day.  This means completing all reading and writing assignments, as well as being prepared to discuss what you’ve learned, observed, loved, and even hated.  Know that I have a tendency to call on people at random to get a sense of what is on everyone’s mind.  I don’t do this to make anyone feel awkward or uncomfortable—I do it because some people tend to talk more in class, some less.  I do not think that being quiet in class necessarily means you are unprepared.  By calling on people, I want to create a space in which we can all engage with one another equally and openly; I want to hear what you have to say, and so will your classmates.  This classroom is a safe haven for all ideas.  This means that we will respect each other as equal participants in our learning.