Spring 2020

ENG-W 600, Topics in Rhetoric and Composition: Pedagogy and Rhetoric in Digital Writing for Professional Purposes

Course Dates: 1/13/2020 - 5/8/2020

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Course Description

In this digital writing class, students will focus on how to create successful technology-based multimodal projects such as blogs, social media, and e-newsletters (concentrating on professional writing) that also accomplish course goals in English classes. This will involve primary and secondary research to understand how technological mediums change the way we read, write, and our concept of audience. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze and produce effective multimedia for professional purposes inside and outside the classroom using learned principles of design and persuasive writing (rhetoric).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Learning Materials

Ball, Cheryl E., Jennifer Sheppard, and Kristin L. Arola. Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2018.

Wardle, Elizabeth and Doug Downs, (eds). Writing about Writing. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2017.


Weekly Reading Responses/Discussion Forums & Shorter Writing for Technology: 30%
Case Study: Analyzing Rhetorical Velocity in Social Media: 15%
Student Multimodal Project: 25%
Final Multimodal Project for the Classroom: 30%