By valuing individual student knowledge in my courses, students are encouraged to engage critically with the construction of identity, the influence of culture and community in composition practices, and the value of their respective modal, cultural, and linguistic literacies.
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— Chelsea J. Murdock (@ChelseaJMurdock) April 30, 2016
In this course, we will use Georgia Tech’s WOVEN (written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal) mode-based curriculum to engage in critical thinking, articulate clear communication, and foster rhetorical awareness. Particularly, this course will focus on transnational popular culture mediated within what Henry Jenkins defines as a “convergence culture.” With the contemporary influence of social media and the constant engagement of worldwide fan communities, the lines between corporate and grassroots digital and material production is blurred, resulting in interaction between “the power of the media producer and the power of the consumer.” This includes the definition of community, the creation and dissemination of media, and the constant conversation taking place through (social) media platforms. [Read more…]
In this course, we utilize various modes (written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal modes) to engage in critical thinking, articulate clear communication, and foster rhetorical awareness. Particularly, this course focuses on indigenous (Native/ American Indian) new media. That is, the rhetorical practices of Native communities and how those practices “make” meaning for American Indian communities. The course considers ancient practices (such as petroglyphs), precontract practices (such as weaving, wintercounts), and post-contact practices (such as creative and academic writing, music, video games, and other multimedia compositions) using a framework of “cultural rhetorics.” [Read more…]
This course explores several topics crucial to writing center work. For the first few weeks, course content will concentrate mainly on tutoring and consulting practices—strategies and techniques to help you work with a wide range of students and their writing as well as the theories behind them. This will include a brief overview of writing center history and positionality within institutional contexts. It is important for writing centers to understand their origin and the way they exist in relation to the past. We will consider the way writing centers story themselves into being, what that looks like, what that means, and how it affects the way tutors/consultants engage with clients. As the semester progresses, we will consider a variety of topics within writing center praxis including diversity and inclusion, Englishes, “correctness,” and responsive assessment. Throughout the term, the course participants will focus on four very important tenets found in Indigenous methodologies: respect, relevance, reciprocity, and responsibility. How writing centers do the work of supporting writers is as important as the work of supporting writers. Therefore, this course is a mixture of theory and active practice. [Read more…]
This course introduces the principles of technical communication. Students in this course learn to organize, develop, write, and revise various technical documents (e.g. letters, manuals, presentations, proposals, reports, resumes, and websites) often needed in business, engineering, and scientific settings. The ways in which professionals in various fields communicate can be specific to that field, but there are conventions that span the breadth of technical communication. In particular, this course will center the tenets of professionalism, clarity, brevity, and “correctness.” This course will develop your ability to engage technical genres with the professionalism deemed appropriate for the workplace. In particular, the course is designed with individuals in mind, with each assignment providing the ability for students to meaningfully personalize the assignment to fit their respective fields and interests. [Read more…]
This course observes rhetoric as cultural practice with connections to community, place, identity, and language. Focused on developing an understanding of rhetoric as multifaceted and complex, this course will investigate intersections of culture, power, and meaning-making through relational and constellated practice. By considering space and materials, we will engage the ways that we make meaning through various rhetorical constructions, considering the intersections of our respective identities and cultures in the ways we communicate. To do this, we will consider various different modes and texts, from material to digital rhetorics, craft and ways of making, race and ethnicity, as well as writing and textual processes. Performance, popular culture, and visualities will also play large roles in course content and conversation. [Read more…]
In today’s digitally-mediated world, conversations often take place through new media. Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms are essential ongoing discourse regarding indigenous issues, from water protector movements to the stereotypes. These platforms provide a space for dialogue in which indigenous people may to, as The Indigenous New Media Symposium argues, “educate, organize, entertain, and advocate.” New media may be a new way of approaching issues, but it is not wholly disconnected from the past. New media and digital landscapes provide an innovative platform for the expression of many peoples and cultures worldwide– from Twitter from YouTube to blogs and digital art. [Read more…]
This course is a survey of contemporary Native American literature written after the turn of the century. The course will focus on issues such as: (1) identity and indigeneity; (2) the definition of “Native American literature;” and (3) the thematic connections between reading and the environment/land. We will consider the cultural, historical, and political context of each piece, moving from non-fiction, to fiction, to sci-fi while incorporating media into the course through video games, music and graphic novels. [Read more…]
This course will study the communities that develop around various media interests, such as movies, books, television shows, and video games to explore the way that textual production takes places in these communities. Students will be challenged to consider the ways in which texts are mediated, adapted, and transformed in fan production (fan vids, fan fiction, fan art, and fan music) while also considering the ways in which participatory cultures are formed, enacted, and maintained. Students will be asked to analyze details of both source and fan materials to identify generic features and structures, as well as identifying and explaining the relationships among the writers, readers, genres, and contexts of these materials. [Read more…]