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2090 - Electives in Writing Course Descriptions

This is the current course list for the Spring 2016 semester. The following list is alphabetical, by instructor last name. Check the current Course Schedule.


This section explores the trends and changes in networked writing, reading, collaborating, and information literacy now that we communicate primarily through digital media and network technology. We will survey, critique, and practice various digital tools and skills needed for successful communication in academic, professional, and public contexts. The class offers students the opportunity to learn, discuss, and develop digital writing through low-stakes practice in several media forms and networked publications. We will identify, analyze, and produce various genres and messages for real audiences, conveyed through digital media and network platforms. One key objective explores what makes certain digital communication more rhetorically effective than other forms, particularly focused on circulation and participatory culture. Our approach is primarily assessing and testing applications in several modes and outcomes, in both short- and longer-term productions: in addition to individual and group-authored sites, we will also work as "digital rhetoric consultants" for multimedia content strategies partnering with organizations across (and potentially outside) campus.

Designed as a workshop, the class readings, meetings, and activities are all focused on project-based inquiry and learning. We will learn both by studying examples and mostly through practice, creating rhetorically effective genres, messages, and publications for specific audiences and purposes. By learning and contributing strategies for planning, developing, publishing, and evaluating networked media forms, we will refine how to select apt tools and publication platformsówith awareness of affordances (and constraints) of digital writing across multiple media, genres, and platforms. Primarily, we will use popular (and emerging) applications, freely available online. No previous experience with digital authoring is necessary! We will consult tutorials and often practice composing techniques during class sessions and independently. The main expectation is to try new digital tools and platforms using skills and experiences you have already. Throughout the course, students of any technological ability will develop digital writing skills and multimedia techniques for publishing in a variety of formats, including blogs, social networks, presentation sites, podcasts, screencasts, video hosting (and any new outlets recommended or discovered during the term). The result will be demonstrable skills and a sharpened perspective that will benefit you in future courses and professional contexts, evident in your website portfolio: the course aims to be an enjoyable and engaging hands-on survey of skills relevant to you during and after college. More information available here: http://wp.me/P6DZ6j-l

WRITER'S WORKSHOP: Pedagogy and Practice of the Writing Center, Eric Klinger, MA

This course is inspired by the principle that genuine knowledge begins when one teaches someone else. With this in mind, you will become a more knowledgeable and confident writer through first-hand experience tutoring CU student writers. Readings and discussions about the writing process, argumentative strategies, and theories of critical thinking will guide your development as a writer and tutor in the class. The course is designed to deepen your understanding of the writing process and your ability to negotiate the challenges inherent to writing for academic, professional and civic audiences.

Course topics will include theories of learning, college composition and rhetoric, tutoring practices in writing centers, language acquisition, writing in the disciplines, document design strategies, and grammar and style tutorials. You’ll participate in peer tutoring, learn to write an excellent cover letter and resume, write response papers and a research paper, lead occasional class discussions, and compile a term-portfolio.

Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply for placement as paid peer writing tutors on the CU campus. This course fulfills an elective and is open to all undergraduates interested in learning to tutor writing.