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ENGL 236 - Winter 2006,  Rita Raley


  • Online readings are all reachable from our class webpage. Necessary programs and plug-ins include QuickTime, Flash, Shockwave, Java, and Real Audio. Note that some of the works will not be cross-platform and some will only work with one or two browsers; some such as John Cayley's are functionally cross-platform but designed for a Mac.

  • You are welcome to visit the Transcriptions studio in the English department for your reading. The Transcriptions TA for Winter 2006 is Gery Egan; he will hold regular lab hours and be available for tech tutoring during those times. The drop-in lab hours are Mondays, 3-7; Tuesdays, 12-4; Wednesdays, 4-6; Thursdays, 10-2.

  • The "recommended readings" sections will develop throughout the quarter. At times they will be quite extensive: these mini-bibliographies will provide context for some of the primary readings and class discussion. Some of the links will be used as illustrations in seminar and will appear in our "class notes" sub-pages.

  • The address for our class listserv is "code@english.ucsb.edu". The web page for this listserv can be found at <https://lists.lsit.ucsb.edu/listinfo/code.english>.

Participation & Presentation
Weight: 25% of final grade


Each member of the seminar will choose one week to serve as a discussion leader. Each of you will be asked to email the discussant about 24 hours in advance of our meeting with a response to some of the reading. This might take the form of a critical question, an exegesis, the observation of central themes, even a rebuttal. The discussant will then be responsible for synthesizing, presenting, and engaging the responses of all other members of the class.

 

Final paper/project
Weight: 75% of final grade
Due: Wednesday, March 22

Option I
Standard seminar paper (18 pp.)

Option II (Transliteracies)
Seminar paper (10-12 pp.) + Transliteracies Project clearinghouse report (3-6 pp.)

Option III (form + content)
Seminar paper (12-15 pp.) with significant production component (one possible model: Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular)

- Instructional Computing offers a series of free software tutorials (including Flash). The schedule for these workshops can be found online here.

- The Transcriptions computing studio has a scanner, PC computers, and all of the production tools you will need to compose your project, including Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and a new sound editor from Sound Forge. The Transcriptions web archive also contains a great deal of information about web authoring.

- For the basics of UWeb accounts, see the Transcriptions guide to UWeb.

 

 

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