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- Template 2022
- Section TMPL
- 3 Credits
- 01/13/2022 to 07/29/2100
- Modified 08/15/2023
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Digital Rhetoric provides students with an overview of rhetorical theory focused on the digital era. Given the explosion of different kinds of media, rhetoric has had to change and transform in order to keep pace with all of the auditory, visual, procedural, and interactive modalities on offer (modalities that range from the latest internet meme to the most recent videogame or simple blog post and so much more). This course will provide students with a robust theoretical framework (while also suggesting a number of practical tools) with which to help students think not only about all the different ways in which digital spaces function rhetorically, but also how the tools of rhetoric can be used to view life and learning in the digital age.
Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE
By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:
- Develop a theoretical framework with which to understand the “digital” adjective in “digital rhetoric”—what precisely is digital rhetoric, what differentiates it from previous conceptions of rhetoric (both ancient and contemporary)
- Recognize and understand how the space of the digital functions rhetorically—and understand this in both theoretical and practical ways;
- Become more savvy users and wielders of digital rhetoric;
- Develop methods and techniques to help one’s own students leverage the power of the digital and multimodal for rhetorical effect (in both academic and nonacademic ways).
Discussion Posts & Responses
Candidates will complete assigned content readings and respond to weekly discussion/reflection prompts.
- Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Digital Literacy Narrative
Candidates will compose a short narrative discussing their past experiences and relations to the digital world.
- Course Outcomes: 3, 4
Final Project Proposal
Since all aspects of the Final Project for the course will be developed by the candidates, there will be a final project proposal half-way through the course in preparation for the Final Project.
- Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Candidates will compose a final project (in a digital medium and platform of the candidate’s choosing) that illustrates the learning acquired in this course. The content of the project will also be fully determined by the student’s and the project’s needs and goals.
- Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
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