Course Overview

This is the post for Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Because the course website and syllabus were not yet ready, we went over some basic course details and looked at some sample projects using a handout on Google Drive. The content of that handout is included below.

English 3844 introduces the fundamental practices and emerging theories of writing with, and for, digital media, including basic computational authoring in HTML and CSS syntaxes, critical interpretation of online sources, social media management, and topics of computational abstraction for writers.  [tl;dr: we will explore ways to use computer technology to communicate with others.]


Kristin L. Arola, Cheryl E. Ball, & Jennifer Sheppard. Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014.

Four Major Projects

  • An online profile
  • A blog-based writing portfolio
  • An analytical web essay
  • A narrative remix

Final Project Examples

Class Survey

For homework, please complete the survey linked below by 6 PM tomorrow night (Thursday, 1/21) so that I have time to read your responses before class on Friday.

You will need to login with your VT.EDU email address and email password.

Survey Link: