State University, East Campus
Principles of Writing with Technology:
At the time, I could not explain my reaction of visual delight and I could not talk about it right away because after the credits, of course, there's a two-hour film to watch. I have continued to wonder about that experience, however: was my reaction one that the credit designers had hoped for? What rhetorical decisions were the designers making? Why were the credits more memorable (to me) than the film? And does that mean that I am more moved by images than by narrative? Can images be combined to create narrative?
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Writing, communication, and multimedia technologies are evolving—in both academic and professional contexts—often more quickly than allows for assessment and reflection on their use and their social, economic. and cultural impacts. This course is designed to explore and analyze those contexts and their implications for professional multimedia production.
The course is rhetorically based so that you can determine how to design in any situation by analyzing the purpose, audience, and context; rhetorical aims will shape document preparation and design.
At the end of the course, you will know:
histories and social impacts of writing, publishing, and multimedia
After spending a few weeks reading and discussing historical and contemporary ideas related to multimedia writing and communication, our main design project for this section of TWC 5/421 is to design and develop a prototype for an online, MWTC-specific "MyLibrary" interface for the ASU-East Library. You will work with students, faculty, librarians, and other university collaborators to decide what types of multimedia materials should be included in such a project, what the appropriate methods of delivery are, and to develop a sustainable prototype.
Our online activities and discussions, your fieldwork, research, and design incorporate a range of Technical Communication and Multimedia contexts:
Working Together Online, and at a Distance
This section of TWC 521/421 is an online, web-based course. We will explore, assess, and use a range of writing, communication, and design technologies in this course. Because working together online introduces a wide range of possibilities and constraints, we will take the time to reflect on the ways in which technologies shape, support, constrain, and otherwise affect our work and our interactions.
Please note on the course calendar that there are three entries for each week: readings, discussions, and production due dates. Plan your time such that you can give the readings the attention and reflection that they will need, including annotating, rereading, and developing your own personal responses. Each week I will post notes, direction, and supporting materials in the course's Monday Memo.
of the central concepts and questions for the course is "interactivity"
its history, etymology, theory, and practice -- and we will wrangle
that concept in our own communication and sharing of materials. You can
help guarantee our successful and productive interactions by proposing
alternative and useful ways for us to communicate, write, design, ask
questions, and learn
together. Always feel free to post comments, questions, concerns, and
to the class Discussion Board, or to me via e-mail: Michael.R.Moore@asu.edu.