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Current Courses (Spring 2016)

ENG 431: Rhetoric, Writing, and Emerging Media

Ball State University

Capstone in a three-course core in the Professional Writing minor. Focused on web design and front-end development. Students produce a professional portfolio website for use on the job market and in applying for graduate programs.

Topics: web design, wireframing, HTML, CSS, and web usability testing

Intro to the Course (Presentation)

History of the Internet and Web (Presentation)

HTML Presentations: Part 1 and Part 2

HTML Activities: Content Markup, Head Element, Tables, and Forms

CSS Presentations: Part 1, Part 2, Part 2 (Bonus), and Part 3

CSS Activity: Style Properties

Nailing Down Your Typography (Workshop)

Portfolio Website Template (HTML)

Portfolio Website Template (CSS)

ENG 213: Introduction to Digital Literacies

Ball State University

Introductory course in a three-course core in the Professional Writing minor. Students discuss digital literacies, examine their own digital literacies, and work to develop new ones.

Topics: digital literacies, autoethnography, learning technology, file-before technology, web authoring

Intro to Professional Portfolios (Presentation)

TWC 411/511: Principles of Visual Communication

Arizona State University

In-major course on visual design. Students produce professional document designs, including a logo, business card, letterhead, poster, and restaurant menu. Students also learn industry-standard design programs and design processes like sketching and critiquing.

Topics: general principles of design, color, space/layout, typography, printing, theories of visual communication, sketching, Adobe Creative Suite

Lecture Notes for InDesign Webinar

Lecture Notes for Illustrator Webinar

Practice InDesign Assignment

Practice Illustrator Assignment

Files for Pen Tool Practice

Guest Lectures

ENG 693: Writing in the Profession

Lecture and Q&A on basic search engine optimization (SEO) principles.

Brief Intro to SEO for Professional Portfolios

ENG 444: Literacy, Narrative, and Gaming

Lecture and in-class activities on griefing in first-person shooters and other online games. Based on chapter on griefing in Guns, Grenades, and Grunts, co-authored with Tim Lockridge and Daniel Lawson.

ENG 150: Introduction to Secondary English Education

Lecture on general principles of web design for students making Decision Point teacher portfolio sites.

Quick Crash Course in Web Design Principles

ENG 114: Composing Research (Honors)

Lecture and workshop on making an e-portfolio using WordPress.

Creating a Portfolio Site in WordPress

Previous Courses

ENG 430: Document Design and Visual Rhetoric

Ball State University

Elective for Rhetoric and Writing majors and Professional Writing minors. Students produce professional document designs, including a logo, business card, letterhead, poster, and restaurant menu. Students also learn industry-standard design software and processes like sketching and critiquing.

Topics: general principles of design, color, space/layout, typography, printing, theories of visual communication, sketching, Adobe Creative Suite

Files for Adobe InDesign Activity

Files for Adobe Illustrator Activity

Rules for Conducting Critique Workshops

Files for Pen Tool Practice

Files for Gradients Activity

Files for Layout Activities

Files for Backgrounds Activity

Files for Pairing and Grouping Typefaces Activity

Image for Type Poster Activity

ENG 231: Professional Writing

Ball State University

Middle course in a three-course core in the Professional Writing minor. Focused on qualitative user experience research. Students form research teams and conduct research studies investigating how users interact with particular technologies, culminating in a collaborative white paper and fact sheet.

Topics: user experience research, collaboration, project management, surveys, interviews, artifact analysis, observation, document design

Guidelines for Executive Summaries

File for In-Class Artifact Analysis Activity

ENG 104: Composing Research

Ball State University

Second in two-course first-year writing sequence. Students conduct secondary and primary research on topics of their own choosing. Major assignments include proposal, annotated bibliography, literature review, fieldwork report, research essay, and fact sheet.

Topics: research questions, research methods, library research, field research, argumentative writing

Course Syllabus

TWC 421/521: Principles of Writing with Technology

Arizona State University

In-major course on digital writing. Units in social and historical technologies, social media, multimedia, and web authoring. Students produce open-ended websites to fit their needs.

Topics: digital writing, collaboration, wikis, social media, screencasting, HTML, CSS, and web usability testing

Lecture Notes for HTML Webinar

Lecture Notes for CSS Webinar

Resource Guide: Learning Web Design

Resource Guide: Making Usable Websites