participation and attendance are crucial to a successful and productive
graduate seminar on spatial & visual rhetorics.
Your participation will include all daily preparations for class
including completion of course readings and notetaking on those
readings. All class members should be prepared to discuss their
own interpretations of class readings and engage in the class
I encourage you to do outside reading and bring your own administrative,
scholarly, and teacherly experiences to bear on our class discussions.
I anticipate vigorous exchanges and intellectual challenge for
all of us. Healthy disagreement on readings is not discouraged
but lack of engagement or dismissal of one another's ideas is.
You may miss only one course session of our weekly meetings. Please
be advised that I make no distinction between excused and unexcused
absences. In the event of a family emergency, serious illness,
or other situation, please speak with me as soon as possible.
collaboration is encouraged in our course. In fact, your course facilitation
project is a collaborative project, and our seminar event is a thoroughly
collaborative in its presentation. In addition to formal collaborations
and class discussions, I highly recommend that you form study groups
and consider different ways the readings can be interpreted. In particular,
you should look for instantiations of the spatial and visual theories
we are reading. This exchange in the form of discussion and examples
can enrich the classroom experience for all of us.
Finally, each class member should respect the working style and efforts
of others. The classroom is a place to explore ideas, challenge our
own ways of thinking, and engage one another. For the betterment of
all of us, foster collegial relationships and help strengthen one
another's ideas through vigorous exchange.
will be asked to use Microsoft Word to prepare some components of
your assignments. This technology requirement will allow for easier
exchange and collection of course facilitation agendas and other documents.
I also know that Word is available for your use in CCIT 236 and other
campus computing labs. In addition to using Word, you will need to
have frequent access to an email account. You will be required to
send email messages to the listserv
and to me and your peers. You also will be asked to send email
attachments of Word or other files when necessary.
Besides frequent use of Word and email, you should familiarize yourself
with web page development and use, online library databases, image
editing software, MOO's, Blogs, and other technologies available to
you through campus computing.
must complete all major assignments and create required supporting
materials in order to pass the course. To emphasize both theory
and practice, you will develop two major assignments: 1) course
facilitation project and 2) a seminar event.
You and a peer partner will facilitate a course session. This
facilitation will allow you to put into practice the theories
that we are reading in class. The project also offers you an opportunity
to hone your teaching and presenting skills. The project consists
of a pre-facilitation conference with me, the submission of an
email course agenda to our class listserv, the creation of a course
agenda, and location of example(s) that instantiate the course
seminar event project
Through both individual and collaborative efforts, the seminar
event will be planned and executed by members of our class. Each
member will create an individual component for the event. In addition,
all members of the class will work collaborative to ensure that
the individual components come together into a meaningful whole.
The resulting "event"--where the individual components
are presented--may take on many possible forms, but the goal of
the event is to introduce UA writing teachers to spatial and visual
frameworks that can be integrated into their English 102 writing
courses. This seminar event is meant to serve two purposes: 1)
instantiation of the theories you have read and 2) engagement
with a broader audience outside our own classroom. We will be
working closely with Anne-Marie Hall, Director of the UA Writing
Program, and Chris Minnix, Assistant Director of the UA Writing
Program to ensure the planned event is successful. Important note:
I have purposefully left the project description open to your
collective interpretation. I want the event to be led by your
own explorations and guided by the audience considerations and
needs of your other teacher colleagues here at UA.
projects and grading of them is discussed in more detail on the
course projects page. I hope you take these
projects as an opportunity to further investigate issues in our
class readings. If at any point, you would like to discuss your
ideas for project development, please don't hesitate to make an
major assignments and their support materials are due on the dates
listed on our course schedule. In certain cases,
I am willing to renegotiate a due date for your work--this renegotiation
does not, however, apply to your collaborative work with your peers.
In the event of an emergency or if you anticipate an absence that
cannot be prevented, please contact me.
are expected to cite, in MLA format, any resources that you use in
the development of your course assignments. If you have any questions
about citing resources, please don't hesitate to ask me.
with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations are encouraged
to contact me via email or during my office hours.
last updated 8.8.8