Standing Peachtree and Indigenous New Media


Below, you will find the schedule for this course. This schedule is subject to change, so please check it regularly. No changes will be made that are disadvantageous to you as a student. For example, readings may be reordered, but not added. Deadlines may be pushed back, but not pushed forward. If you are in need of an extension at any point during the course, see the course syllabus for instructions.

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Developing until January 8, 2019. 


January 8 (Tuesday) – Syllabus + Common First Week
Readings: Note that readings listed under a specific day are due THAT DAY.
Assignments Due: Note that assignments listed under a specific day are due THAT DAY.

January 10 (Thursday) – WOVEN + Portfolio Overview
Readings: WOVENText Chapter 4, pp. 95-99
Assignments Due:

  • Print, sign, and return “Statement of Understanding” found on Canvas under “Files” tab.
  • Note that your Common First Week Video is due next Tuesday, January 13.


January 15 (Tuesday) – Drawing the Concepts
Readings: None.
Assignments Due:

  • If you have not already done so, print, sign, and return “Statement of Understanding” found on Canvas under “Files” tab.
  • Download Cmap Tool software BEFORE CLASS. You can download here.
  • Take a look at the concept map assignment on Canvas under “Files” tab.
  • Common First Week Video due by midnight on Canvas. 

January 17 (Thursday) – Indigenous New Media
Readings + Media: Watch the Introduction to the 2014 Indigenous New Media Symposium.
Assignments Due:

  • The concept map assignment is due on Canvas by 11:59pm this evening. Follow the directions in the assignment.


January 22 (Tuesday) – Never Alone + Story
Readings & Media: 
“The Truth About Stories” (PDF on Canvas) + “Stories Take Place” (PDF on Canvas)
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 1 of 14: In your reading today, King describes the importance of story and narrative in how we come to knowledge and experiences. He makes the assertion that “the truth about stories is, that’s all we are.” Are there any connections you can make between your field of study and the arguments that King made in this chapter? Is story essential in how we approach topics, research, and even the technology that we engage here at Georgia Tech? If so, how? If not, why?

January 24 (Thursday) – Never Alone + Visual Rhetoric
Readings: The Mechanics of Survivance in Indigenously-Determined Video-Games: Invaders and Never Alone
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 2 of 14: It is difficult to actually define “survivance.” It is defined differently by the different peoples that see it through. In your reading, how does the writer define survivance and how does the writer see survivance functioning within and portrayed by the two games: Invaders and Never Alone? While playing the game in class, did you see this affecting the way you perceived that gameplay?
  • Discussion question due for Composition Project #1. This will be submitted via email to Dr. Murdock by 11:59pm. Use subject line provided in assignment prompt.


January 29 (Tuesday) — Connecting… 
Readings:  “Introduction,” Visualizing B Cell Development: Creating an Immunology Video Game, Emily Lunhui Ling
Assignments Due:

    • Blog 3 of 14: In today’s reading, we see how video games can be used to engage a critical topic such as immunology. Can you think of any instances in which video games, VR experiences, or apps are being used within your field to mediate complex conversations? What affordances do you think these different types of media offer? What do you think might be some limitations to the use of such media in science and engineering?

In-Class Activity

Coyote Quest, 2017OPTION 1

Ninagamomin ji-nanaandawi'iwe, 2015 OPTION 2

January 31 (Thursday) — Knowledges and Multimodality
Readings: WOVENText pgs. 75-79
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 3 of 14: You’ve heard a few stories so far. There are more coming. Stories about ancient peoples, about new medias, tradition and new takes on tradition, different notions of identity and knowledges. However, so far, we’ve only encountered on way that stories (and knowledges) are communicated. In a short consideration, think about how the media you have encountered thus far is in conversation with your reading for today. There are a series of questions on pgs. 76-77 that may help with your connections. Certainly, we are working to understand knowledge as story, but does it matter how the story is mediated?


February 5 (Tuesday) — Trickster + Visuality
Readings: Trickster to pg. 59
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 4 of 14: In previous posts, you were asked to consider how knowledge is conveyed and told through story. In the earlier weeks of this course, this illustrated through games. We are currently transitioning into discussion of visual and material rhetoricsBriefly consider how knowledges are represented in Trickster, through visual means. Now, consider how you have visually represented research in other classes. Can both be considered rhetorical mediations of knowledge and research? Explain your reasoning.

February 7 (Thursday) — Peer Review + Consultations
Readings: None.
Assignments Due:

  • Bring rough drafts of project statement and poster to class.


February 12 (Tuesday) — Gathering Knowledges Gallery Walk
This is the day Composition Project #1 is due. Your project statement should be submitted before class time on Canvas. We will open the door for visitors promptly at 12pm. The walk will continue until 1:15pm. 

February 14 (Thursday) — A Tribe Called Geek + Podcasts
Readings & Media: 
Listen to Think Indigenous – “Ryan McMahon”
Listen to A Tribe Called Geek – “A Long Time Ago, On A Rez Far Away.”
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 5 of 14: In the first blog post of the year, I ask you to start with reflection. In the “Think Indigenous” podcast, McMahon talks about the act of remembering and how that connects to “ways of knowing,” something we will talk quite a bit more about as the class continues. Essentially, how we come to knowledge and then communicate that knowledge to others. You’ve already thought about how you are coming to the WOVEN modes in your Common First Week video. Story is going to play a major part in our course materials. Therefore, write a small story or personal narrative that describes how you arrived to our classroom in Georgia along the Chattahoochee. It might be that your family has lived here for years or that you just arrived to this land in August of last year, whenever and whatever connection you have to this place, describe it through the selection of a single story.


February 19 (Tuesday) — 
Readings: None.
Assignments Due:

February 21 (Thursday) — 
Readings: None.
Assignments Due:


February 26 (Tuesday) —  
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 5 of 14: 

February 28 (Thursday) — 
Readings: None.
Assignments Due: 

  • Blog 6 of 14: 


March 5 (Tuesday) — 

March 7 (Thursday) — 
Assignments Due:


March 12 (Tuesday) – ONLINE CLASS – Click here.
March 14 (Thursday) – ONLINE CLASS – Click here.


March 19 (Tuesday) – NO CLASS
March 21 (Thursday) – NO CLASS


March 26 (Tuesday) — 
Assignments Due: 

  • Blog 10 of 14: 

March 28 (Thursday) — 
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 11 of 14: 


April 2 (Tuesday) – 
Assignments Due: None.

April 4 (Thursday) – 
Assignments Due:

April 5
Composition Project #3 due on Canvas by 11:59pm EST. If you encounter any issues while submitting your assignment, email Dr. Murdock immediately.


April 9 (Tuesday) — Standing Peachtree Lives
Readings: None.
Assignments Due:

April 11 (Thursday) —  Standing Peachtree Lives


April 16 (Tuesday) — Portfolio Workshop

See Canvas platform for today’s tasks in Announcements. 

April 18 (Thursday) — Corn Husk Dolls + Portfolio Workshop

Readings: No readings.
Assignments Due:

  • Bring digital copies of your work throughout the semester to continue curating your final portfolio.


April 23 (Tuesday) — Portfolio Workshop
Readings: No readings.
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 14 of 14: After making the corn husk dolls in class on Thursday last week, and after completing all of the course assignments throughout the semester (from playing Never Alone to creating podcasts to your Gallery Walk), what would you say was a significant “learning moment” during the semester? Perhaps it was process? Perhaps perception? Perhaps meaning-making? Story? It is perfectly fine to say that you feel you didn’t learn anything (this is a completion grade, after all) however, you should critically consider whatever you choose to discuss.
  • Bring digital copies of your work throughout the semester to continue curating your final portfolio.


N1: Portfolios are due May 2 by 2:10pm EST. No extensions are allowed.