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ENC 1101 Syllabus

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In this course you will write for persuasion - you will attempt to move someone to do something, such as change their mind. And you will write for inquiry - by putting ideas into different contexts and forms, you will explore problems and find unexpected solutions. Most importantly, you will learn how to build a rhythm and a process for a lifetime of composing. The requirements: weekly informal writing, 5 short unit assignments, and a 12-15 page final project + multimedia presentation. This sounds like a lot of writing, and it is, but if this course has a theme, it's remix culture, and this means that once you get started, you'll be able to revisit and take apart, or "un-write," what you (and your peers) have already written, and revise these experiments into more polished unit assignments. These unit assignments can be sequenced and mixed together into final projects. This recursive process of writing and unwriting will help us think, practically, and together, about what we can do with ideas, images, words, and sounds, links, and--perhaps most importantly--feelings. The unit assignments are structured as a short course in the classical art of rhetoric, but, in keeping with our theme of remix culture, we will celebrate the expansion of rhetorical practice into the creative commons. In remix culture, finding the right mixture of logical, ethical, and emotional appeals for a given occasion can be a lot of fun, and finding a composing process that works can teach us a lot about the insights, assumptions, and techniques of almost any field of study. Read on for more details about what to expect and how to cultivate response-ability in ENC 1101:




*For the duration of the course, you will perform at least three significant writing actions per week to this wiki, and link your writing to your "home" page, which you will link to your section's class roster page. In other words, we will blog. This means you will need regular and reliable internet access. More than three unexcused absences will result in a failing grade.


*as important as it is to blog 3 times weekly, it's even more important to interact. If you arrive on time prepared to discuss your writing and the writing of your peers, you're on the path.


*Prepare to collaborate openly and effectively with your peers.


*Complete a proposal and a semester project DueDates in a timely fashion. Late work depreciates one full letter grade per day!


*Open a tab for this wiki in your browser whenever you are online. Monitor our RecentChanges and the RSS feeds on the MetaWiki, Check the Course Calendar, read and respond to your peers' wiki posts, create links...in other words, keep "tuning up" regularly and you'll stay in tune with weekly assignment prompts.



Prosody Workshops, Peer-Review, and Response-able Participation


We will dedicate a large portion of each class meeting to reading our writing aloud, making presentations based on our readings, and workshopping our writing as it happens. Because our course is premised on the idea that ideas and revisions emerge by means of frequent and dynamic exchanges, students will be expected to visit our recent changes page and revise pages in common, daily. In-class participation will depend on staying in tune with our wiki's activity during the week, by reading and responding to each others' writing. Although daily blogs, responses to peer blogging, and early versions of working drafts need not be “polished,” our early-and-often uploads should address the prompts and issues of the week, as well as address and solicit feedback from your peers. Under no circumstances will I accept a “final” version of a major assignment, proposal, or final project unless I have seen a regular rhetorical process. Students show up to class on the day an important draft is due without having posted draft work by midnight the night class will forfeit all possible participation points for that week.



Attendance, Participation/Assignments, and Grades


Attendance in this course is required. While it is understood that emergencies / University-sanctioned activities may arise which result in your missing one or more classes, frequent absences will negatively affect your final grade. As a rule, one or two absences will have little impact on your final grade, assuming you participate enthusiastically when you are in class and realize you are responsible for all material covered during the missed class(es). In the event that your prepared attendance, or lack thereof, becomes a problem, I will ask you to meet with me to discuss our options. These options may include a failing grade or a lower grade than you might have earned had you attended classes regularly. In short: show up prepared to talk and write about the wiki's RecentChanges.


Participation--For both sections: timely and thrice weekly wiki posts during the first 10 weeks of the course will account for 100 points, or 33 and 1/3% of your final grade.

Unit assignments, listed below and on the course calendar, will tally another 33 and 1/3%, and FinalProjects will fill out the scale.


weekly wiki'ing 100 points

solo narrative 20 points

solo definition 20 points

solo analogy 20 points

group cause 20 points

group evaluation 20 points

proposal/progress report : ungraded

solo final project: 100 points


Grades: we will rigorously pursue an evaluation process known as peer-grading. Response-able and consistent interaction in wiki will help us create rubrics for each assignment, and each student will do an evaluation of each group assignment. This "swarm" approach will ensure a steady and ample rate of useful and ongoing feedback on our projects. The instructor will in turn grade the rationales detailing and justifying each evaluation, and will also, where necessary and at his discretion, override any "off-the-mark" peer-assigned grades.

GradingStandards: these standards will help us produce accurate, consistent, and rhetorically-informed assessments.



Information Management


Please back up everything you write for this course. You should either write your wiki posts in a word processor and save before posting. Or, if you like the feel of writing directly in wiki, cut and paste your work to an open word processing window, saving a back-up version in this way as you proceed. Information technologies carry a trace of instability, so it is always good to have redundancy in your writing process: make copies and put them in different places!


Freedom of Speech and Cognitive Liberty


As you will see, classrooms and wikis are both spaces devoted to free inquiry.


This is a rhetorical space, one where composers are response-able to each other: they think and write in response to each other, and not to a preconceived notion of each other. Assume the best in those you study with and be generous with your respect, and you will teach them to respond in kind.



The First Amendment of The United States Constitution



Religious observance absence policy


Students who find a meeting time in conflict with a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.


Disability access policy


In my capacity as instructor, I will do everything I can to make fully available the educational resources we use and create in ENC 1101. Any student with a disability should be encouraged to meet with the instructor privately during the first week of class to discuss accommodations. Each student must bring a current Memorandum of Accommodations from the Office of Student Disability.

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