In this class, you will learn about the theory behind online teaching and multimodal composition. Beth Hewett and Christa Ehmann (2004) indicated that teachers are often concerned about teaching online for the first time; however, they suggested that this worry is caused by a lack of proper training. This course will prepare you to teach your online course, helping you understand the best practices of designing a course, facilitating course discussions, holding online conferences, and providing feedback. In addition, the class will also be practical, as you will develop your own course shell to teach in the subsequent semester. The class you’ll teach will be part of our new online program, eComp, which is based on a multimodal pedagogy, where students are asked to choose their medium in response to the needs of their audience and the purpose of the document. As such, this class will teach you the theory and pratice of multimodal composition, helping you create materials such as assignments and multimodal instructional tools that mimic the texts your students develop.
Hewett, B. & Ehmann, C. (2004). Preparing educators for online instruction: Principles and processes. Urbana: National Council for the Teachers of English. The bookstore could not find this book, so I’m just going to require Chapters 2, 3, & 4, which I will place in Blackboard.
Takayoshi, P. & Selfe, C. (2007). Multimodal composition: Resources for teachers. Cresskill: Hampton Press.
*I’ve placed all other readings on Blackboard
The major assignments within this course include the following:
Student-led Discussions. At some point during the semester, you and a partner will choose a reading and present it to the class. On this day, you will lead a productive discussion for your peers. You must also have a visual (I’d like you to think beyond the traditional PowerPoint presentation).
Online Discussions. Each week, one of you will post a question for your peers to respond to via Blackboard. This activity will help you learn how to phrase questions for an online forum and how to keep the ball rolling with active responses.
Mini Presentation. You will present your final project to your peers, showcasing the gap in the scholarship you’ve identified and an explanation of how your research fills this gap.
Participation. We will spend much of our class time in discussions and workshops. Regardless of the class format, you are expected to be prepared for class, to listen, to contribute, and to participate in an appropriate fashion (this means you must participate in the discussion by talking and presenting challenging ideas).
Digital Narrative = 150
Multimodal Assignment = 150
Teaching Portfolio = 200
Digital Scholarship = 300
Student-led Discussion = 50
Online Discussion Forum and Participation = 75
Mini Presentations of Final Project = 75
Total = 1000 points
Letter grade value ranges are as follows:
A+ = 97-100+%
A = 93-96.9%
A- = 90-92.9%
B+ = 87-89.9%
B = 84-86.9%
B- = 80-83.9%
C+ = 77-79.9%
C = 74-76.9%
C- = 70-73.9%
D+ = 67-69.9%
D = 64.66.9%
D- = 60-63.9%
F = 0-59.9%
Cell Phones and Other Technology. Turn your cell phones off or to vibrate if you need to have access for emergencies. When it comes to bringing your laptop, it goes without saying that I want you to be focused on what we are doing in class.
Attendance. Please don’t be late for class. If you are late more than three times, I may deduct points from your final grade. You are allowed only two absences in this class; after that, you may fail the class.
Late Work. I will not accept late work unless you arrange an alternate due date BEFORE the stated due date. This policy means that if you turn in a paper late, I may give you an “F” on the assignment. If I deem that there were extenuating circumstances, I will deduct points for lateness as I see fit.
Plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of theft. It is grounds for failing the course. Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses someone else’s phrasing, sentences, or distinctive insights without giving proper credit. Be sure to acknowledge your sources! In this age of downloadable papers, remember that turning in work that, in whole or in part, is not your own is also plagiarism. When in doubt about quotation, citation, or acknowledgment of sources, see me for help.
Students with Disabilities. If you have a disability and will be requiring assistance, please contact me as soon as possible to arrange for accommodations.