CAT 125: Winter 2012
Public Rhetoric and Practical Communication Online
lizlosh (at) ucsd (dot) edu
This course in public rhetoric and practical communication in digital environments covers a wide range of potential genres, media, and audiences. We will study everything from Facebook profiles to video sharing-sites as rhetorical spaces for public persuasion, commemoration, and comment. Students will do most of their graded writing to create an online portfolio that may include a personal statement, undergraduate research blog, and video essay demonstrating expertise. Further information about this course is available on the syllabus at http://losh.ucsd.edu/courses/CAT125.html
NOTE: Class Attendance is mandatory. Although numerically class participation seems only to account for 20% of your grade, class attendance is a required element for course credit. More than two absences can be grounds for failure in the course.
Expertise Speech/Ignite-Style Oral Presentation: 20% (Expertise Speech Rubric) 5 minute speech with 15 automatically timed slides
Personal Statement Assignment: 20% (Personal Statement Rubric) 5300 characters in length
Website Assignment: 40% - likely this will take the form of an online portfolio, research website, online reference work, or blog or video blog showcasing your expertise. Plan on writing regularly to stay on track, although scripts for online videos or e-mails explaining your design decisions can count toward your word count if you choose to avoid a text-heavy online presence (Online Portfolio Rubric)
Class Participation: 20% (Participation Rubric)
Please aim to write at least 5,000 words in this class and significantly revise your writing by composing pre-writing reflections and submitting multiple drafts.
Office Location: Pepper Canyon Hall 249
Office Hours: Mondays 1-3PM
Monday, January 9th: Your Rhetorical Position (Slides for Lecture 1)
Alexsay Vayner, "Impossible is Nothing"
Michael Cera, "Impossible is the Opposite of Possible"
Monday, January 16th: No Lecture, Martin Luther King Day
List of Courses Taken Due in Section
Monday, January 23rd: Your Online Reputation (Slides for Lecture 2)
Reading for Lecture:
dana boyd, "Social Network Sites: Public, Private, or What?"
Domain Name Thought Experiment Due in Lecture
Monday, January 30th: Graphic Design (Slides for Lecture 3)
Viewing for Lecture: Helvetica
"What I Learned in College" Due in Lecture - 500-1000 words, can be reused in the online portfolio
Tuesday, January 31: Special Photoshop Workshop in the Digital Playroom 3:30-5:00 PM (Limited Seating, RSVP in Advance)
Files for Workshop
Monday, February 6th: Public Speaking (Slides for Lecture 4)
How Do We Understand Information?: Doing Compelling Public Talks
Reading for Lecture:
Ian Bogost, "The Cocktail Party Test"
Ian Parker, "Absolute Powerpoint: Can a Software Package Edit Our Thoughts?"
Viewing for Lecture:
Daniel Pink, "Pecha Kucha: Get to the Point in 20 Slides"
TED Talks from Jill Bolte Taylor, Ron Eglash, VS Ramachandran, John Bohannon, Lawrence Lessig, Seth Priebatsch (close to CAT 125 students in age), Nancy Duarte (about the secret of giving good talks)
Ignite Talks from Matt Harding, Lee Stewart, and Mehal Shah
More TED Talks (recommended not required): Susan Savage-Rumbaugh, Susan Blackmore, Paul Stamets, Paul Rothemund, Nathan Wolfe,
"What I Learned Outside of College" Due in Lecture - 500-1000 words, can be reused in the online portfolio
Tuesday, February 7th: Special Web Design Workshop in the Digital Playroom 3:30-5:00 PM (Limited Seating, RSVP in Advance)
Smart Classroom Exercise in Section to Compare Different Online Presences
Monday, February 13th: Appealing to Audiences (Slides for Lecture 5)
Video Gallery I: Disability Videos
Video Gallery IV: Sexuality videos
First Draft of Expertise Speech Script Due in Lecture!
Tuesday, February 14th: Special Digital Storytelling Workshop in the Digital Playroom 3:30-5:00 PM (Limited Seating, RSVP in Advance)
Monday, February 20th: No Class, President's Day
First Draft of Online Portfolio Design Reviewed in Section
Monday, February 27th: Getting Feedback (Slides for Lecture 6)
Video Gallery II: Sample YouTube Student Video Essays (privacy, publicity, network neutrality, online identity, social media, electronic text, ubiquitous computing, etc.)
Provost Dan Donoghue Guest
Final Script of Expertise Speech Due in Lecture
Tuesday, February 28th: Special Video Editing Workshop in the Digital Playroom 3:30-5:00 PM (Limited Seating, RVSP in Advance)
Monday, March 5th: Composing with a Purpose (Slides for Lecture 7)
Viewing for Lecture:
Video Gallery III: Copyright videos
Another Lawrence Lessig TED Talk
Recommended Viewing but not required: Copyright Criminals
First Draft of Personal Statement Due in Lecture
Monday, March 12th: Claiming Authorship
Monday, March 12th: Digital Salon That Reviews Software Taught in All Workshops 7-8 PM (Limited Seating, RVSP in Advance)
Showcase of Oral Presentations!
Final Draft of Personal Statement Due in Last Section Meeting!
Monday, 12 Noon Online Portfolio Due! URL E-mailed to your section leader!