Indiana University of Pennsylvania
English 102
Research Writing
Facilitator: Tammy White
Office: 201-H Leonard Hall
Office Hours: Fridays Noon - 3pm/ email access 24/7
Course homepage www.iup.edu/~gjgg/102
gjgg@grove.iup.edu

 

 

Our Course Description

This course, our course, will be designed by us during the first week of the semester. Some of the goals we will want to keep in mind is that English 102 is offered in order to help us develop research skills and to further develop our writing skills. We will also have the opportunity to develop our electronic literacy by using a variety of on-line communications including email, list servs, chat rooms, and the world wide web. As a class, during the first week of the semester we will come together to write our course goals and decide on the ways in which we want to achieve them. Afterward, we will generate a course syllabus-homepage on the web which will state our goals and objectives.

 Our Texts and Materials

Our course will primarily take place in an electronic environment. Most of our discussions and meetings will take place using email, chat rooms, list servs or by posting thoughts, reflections or writings to the web. During the first week of the semester, we will work together in the computer lab to make sure that everyone is comfortable in an electronic environment before we proceed with this format. Occasionally, we will meet face-to-face. In order to participate in the course, you will need an email address and access to an Internet connection, both of which are provided to you as an IUP student. I recommend that you purchase a handbook to help you in your discovery of research writing techniques. It can be purchased at the IUP bookstore.

 Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. Third Edition. Boston: St. Martin’s Press. 1995.

 Our Course Format

My instructional approach to this course is heavily influenced by Mary Rose O’Reiley’s book The Peacable Classroom. Together, I would like us to create a course that follows these ten "things to do" during class time -- whether we are communicating in an electronic environment or face-to-face.

1. Design the course together
2. Be honest
3. Be ourselves -- then apologize if necessary
4. Nurture our curiosity
5. Tolerate confusion and chaos
6. Write together
7. Create an atmosphere of trust, safety and acceptance
8. Listen and hear each other
9. Don’t force
10. Don’t criticize -- just question

 All I will ask of you as your facilitator, it that you try your best to create a class environment that follows these "things to do." We will all make mistakes in the next fifteen weeks, but if we work together to create a "peacable classroom" the process of discovering research skills and research writing will be perhaps a more positive experience for all of us.

 Our Course Requirements

You will be asked to write a web-based research paper which focuses on your culture or a culture in which you have a particular interest. In addition, you will be asked to participate in a group "zine" project where you and three or four classmates will work together to design, write and present an electronic, web-based magazine or "zine."

 Our Grading Policies

Your final grade for the course will be broken down into thirds. One third of the grade will reflect your work on the individual web-based research project, another third will reflect your grade on the collaborative group "zine" project, and a final third will reflect your on-line and face-to-face participation in the course. As a class, we will decide the ways in which the individual and group projects will be graded. Your participation grade will reflect the energy you put forth in class discussions (both on-line and face-to-face) and the effort you put forward in contributing to the ten "things to do" in our classroom as outlined above.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Tentative Course Plan

The following course plan is designed to give us a starting point. We may decide, as a class, that we want to change the pace of this plan as the semester proceeds. For now, consider this a tentative agenda in which we may choose to or not to follow.

 

Week 1

Monday - We meet in McElhaney lab to discuss our course goals and objectives. We establish that we all know how to use email and the Internet. We begin to think about "our cultures" and how we define cultures. (Before the next class, write down your definition of culture and bring it with you on Wednesday.)

 

Wednesday- We meet in McElhaney lab to look at the course-homepage on the Net and decide if we like the course we have designed -- or do we need to further revise. We join the course list serv and post our first message -- "how I define culture." We begin to talk about creating homepages on the Web. (Before the next class, read everyone’s post to the course list serv and consider how your definition of culture is similar or different from the others in the class. Pick three posts to the list serv that seem to interest you most and send those three people email explaining why you agree or disagree with their definition of culture.)

 

Friday - We meet in McElhany lab to talk about our definitions of culture and to begin thinking about our individual web-based research projects. Quesitons we need to consider: what should a web-based research project look like? What kinds of web research are valid or invalid? How do I avoid plagerism when using Web based resources? How do I use the major search engines on the web to find information about my topic? (Before Monday’s class, write a one page proposal explaining why it is important to study the culture you have chosen and post it to the course list serv).

 

Week 2

Monday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment, and class will not meet face-to-face. By 5pm today, post your one-page proposal to the course list serv. By Friday, read everyone’s proposal and write peer-response email to each class member. (please use the "peacable" peer-response format found on the course-homepage when giving feedback to your classmates.) Also, begin collecting research on the web about the culture you have chosen to study for an individual project.

 

Wednesday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. At your convenience, you should continue to give peer-response email to every class member, and continue to research your culture topic using web search engines.

 

Friday - We will meet in McElhany lab to discuss our proposals, our individual research projects, our feeling about peer-response, and how we feel about working on-line. (Technical trouble shooting will also be discussed and handled if necessary).

 

 

Week 3

Monday – Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Go to the course homepage on the web and read "assignment #1: individual web-based research report." Based on Friday’s discussion, a description of the assignment will be added to the course homepage, along with schedule for this assignment and due dates. Begin working on your individual report.

 

Wednesday – Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Continue working on your individual report. If you would like help building a homepage, come to McElhaney lab during normal class hours and I’ll work with you.

 

Friday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Continue working on your individual report. If you would like help building a homepage, come to McElhaney lab during normal class hours and I’ll work with you. (Monday we will be meeting on-line to hold a live chat. Please read "Net Ethics" on the class homepage beforehand, and be prepared to share some of the interesting URL’s you have found on the web).

 

Week 4

Monday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. At the beginning of normal class hours please click on the "chat room" located on our class homepage and log into the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) program. We will be chatting about what sources we have found on the web so far for our individual projects and any sources that we have found that help us become better researchers. We will also be chatting about how to use "live" sources in our research.

 

Wednesday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Continue to work on your individual research projects. A tour of the IUP library will also be scheduled for this class. The tour is not required.

 

Friday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Continue to work on your individual research projects. The first draft of your individual research project is due on Monday. On Monday, please be ready to share the first draft of your project with the class

 

Week 5

Monday - We will meet in McElhaney lab today to share the first drafts of our individual research projects.

 

Wednesday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Please go to the course homepage and link to each class member’s draft of the individual research project. Using the peer response format, found on the course homepage, please respond to each class member’s draft via email before Friday.

 

Friday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Please continue to give peer responses to your classmates drafts via email.

 

Week 6

Monday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Read the email peer responses to your drafts and "twink" your project as you see fit.

 

Wednesday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Continue to work on your individual projects. I will be in the lab during normal class time if you would like additional help or feedback.

 

Friday – Continue Wednesday’s plan. Your individual research project is due Monday. Please be ready to meet in the lab on Monday to present your individual report (in 5 minutes or less) to the class. Also, go to the course homepage and complete the "self evaluation" of the individual form. When you complete the form, click on "send" and it will automatically be emailed to me. If you want to make revisions or changes to the form, please email them to me no later than Monday by 5pm.

Week 7

Monday – We will meet in McElhaney lab today to present our individual research projects to the class.

 

Wednesday – We will meet in McElhaney lab today to continue presenting our individual research projects. Also, we will discuss the next project and collaboratively write a description of what the "zine" group project should look like. Due dates and first draft deadlines will also be discussed.

 

Friday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. At the beginning of normal class hours please click on the "chat room" located on our class homepage and log into the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) program. We will be chatting about the collaborative "zine" project.

 

 

Week 8

Monday – Today we will be working with our collaborative "zine" groups. You can meet on-line, in a private chat room, or you can meet face-to-face.

 

Wednesday - Today we will continue to work with our "zine" groups. By Friday, please post a one-page proposal of your "zine" topic to the course list serv.

 

Friday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. Go to the course list serv and read the group proposals for the "zine" projects. Give peer-response to each group via email.

 

Week 9

Monday - Today we will be working in an electronic environment. At the beginning of normal class hours please click on the "chat room" located on our class homepage and log into the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) program. We will be chatting about our "zine" projects.

 

Wednesday - Today we will be working with our collaborative "zine" groups. You can meet on-line, in a private chat room, or you can meet face-to-face. I will be in my office you if would like to discuss your projects with me.

 

Friday - Today we will be working with our collaborative "zine" groups. You can meet on-line, in a private chat room, or you can meet face-to-face. I will be in the lab if you would like to discuss your projects with me.

 

Week 10

Monday – Two groups will meet with me to discuss their collaborative "zine" projects. We can meet in the lab, or my office. The other groups should meet and work on their projects.

 

Wednesday - Two groups will meet with me to discuss their collaborative "zine" projects. We can meet in the lab, or my office. The other groups should meet and work on their projects.

 

Friday – Continue to work on your "zine" projects with your groups. The first draft of the "zine" is due on Monday. I will be in the lab today to help you "troubleshoot" any technical aspects of your project.

 

Week 11

Monday - By the end of today’s class, the first draft of your "zine" should be on-line.

 

Wednesday - Today and Friday, go to the class homepage and link to each groups "zine." Read each "zine" and give peer response via email by Monday.

 

Friday – Continue the work from Wednesday

 

 

 

Week 12

Monday – Work with your group to twink your "zines" in light of the peer response emails. Continue to edit and polish your "zine" this week.

 

Wednesday – Continue the work from Monday

 

Friday - Continue the work from Monday

 

Week 13

Monday – Continue to work on your group "zine" project which is due Friday.

 

Wednesday - Continue to work on your group "zine" project which is due Friday.

 

Friday - Continue to work on your group "zine" project which is due today. Your group "zine" should be posted to the web by 5pm today. "Zines" will be presented in class next week.

 

Week 14

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday – Group "zine" projects presented in class. Peer responses emailed by Friday to all groups. Please go to the course homepage and complete the "group zine project self evaluation form." You should complete this form individually. When you fill out the form, press "send" and your responses will be automatically emailed to me. If you want to make changes or add information to the form, email me or see me in person by 5pm Monday.

 

Week 15

Final Exam – In class, you will be asked to write a one page reflection of what worked and what did not work for you in this class. What did you learn about research writing? Consider if this was a peaceable classroom. Why or why not?