Welcome to class! Let’s get through the following fun things:
- Syllabus and course requirements
- Class “Interviews”–on Canvas
If this were a face-to-face class, I’d have you get in pairs and interview each other to report back to class. We obviously can’t do that, but I’d still like to know about you, so get onto Canvas, and go to the Discussions tab and respond to “Class Introductions.” Please do this before Friday, 5/28 at 6:00 pm.
- Year (don’t put 2021–junior, senior, grad, etc.)
- Job/Future Job
- Favorite Book
- Favorite Movie
- Favorite TV Show
- Favorite Video Game
- What do you expect in ENGL 2116?
- Do not say an ‘A’.
- What do you want to know about Technical Communication?
- If you want to learn software, there are easier ways, so this class isn’t for you.
- Actually, just own up to it. If you’re just taking this because it’s required, just say so. Why hide it?
Brief History of Rhetoric
This course takes a heavily rhetorical approach to technical communication. A detailed history and analysis of rhetoric is beyond the scope of this class, but a brief history is warranted. Please go to Rhetoric, An Introduction and read the material. Pay particular attention to ethos, pathos, and logos.
This semester you are to keep a “Technology Journal.” I have five prompts for you to write about this term. You can access them on Canvas. I’ll open them up individually on Mondays, and they’ll close for comments each Thursday at 11:00 pm. Set a recurring calendar reminder for the next 5 weeks, so you won’t forget to do these.
Your response to the journal prompts should be reflective entries about your thoughts on being a technical/professional communicator who is confronting the concept of critical technological literacy (awareness). Please take careful thought in these journal entries because they may become the basis for your post-English 2116 techno literacy skills. Each week I will post a question on the Canvas discussion section to guide your thinking for your journal response; the question/topic may be specific or vague, and you may be introspective—reflecting on yourself in relation to the topic—or you can focus on outside issues. The length for weekly journal responses should be about 250 words.
The 1st response is due Friday, 5/28 (before 6:00 pm), and the rest will be due weekly on Thursdays before 11:00 pm. They will open up on Mondays. I will read them. Entries that show a lack of critical reflection or incomplete entries will adversely affect a student’s grade.
I encourage you to set a reminder for the next five weeks so you won’t forget. If you miss a post, don’t e-mail me for an extension. I’ll just send you the link to this page. Set a reminder now.
Weekly Discussion Posts
In addition to the technology journal posts, you’ll have Weekly Discussion Posts on Canvas; therefore, you’ll have two 250-word posts each week–and they will not be accepted late. They’ll always be due by Thursdays at 11:00 pm. I encourage you to set a reminder for the next five weeks so you won’t forget. If you miss a post, don’t e-mail me for an extension. I’ll just send you the link to this page. Set a reminder now.
You’re first discussion post is the above “Class Interview” response you’ll put on Canvas. It doesn’t have to be 250 words, but the rest of the semester’s prompt–including this week’s Technology Journal prompt–must be at least 250 words.
Set a recurring calendar reminder for the next 5 weeks, so you won’t forget to do these.
Don’t forget to keep up with the syllabus. Canvas has Isaac Asimov’s “Cult of Ignorance” (1980), so read that before going onto tomorrow’s activities on critical technological awareness (May 25th’s page).
As a heads up, have Ch. 1 and 2 in Tebeaux & Dragga read for Wednesday, 5/26. You must read for this class. Your midterm and final exams will have questions pertaining to the reading.