Schedule

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. The images that precede a series of weeks indicates the general theoretical focus of the weeks that follow the image.

For Georgia Tech’s academic calendar, click here.

NOTICES

For any course notices regarding the schedule, look here. This section will note any changes made to the course schedule each week. Check this section each week for any changes made to the course schedule.

4/17/2018: Class shifted to individual work today. See Canvas for more details.


WEEK ONE

January 9 (Tuesday) – Syllabus + Common First Week
Readings: None.
Assignments Due: None.

January 11 (Thursday) – WOVEN
Readings: WOVENText Chapter 7 (pp. 151-158)
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 16.

WEEK TWO

January 16 (Tuesday) – The Reflecting Process
Readings: WOVENText pgs. 79-82
Watch the Introduction to the 2014 Indigenous New Media Symposium.
Assignments Due:

  • If you have not already done so, print, sign, and return “Statement of Understanding” found on Canvas under “Files” tab.
  • Common First Week Video due by midnight on Canvas. 

January 18 (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 1 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. Remember to check the requirements for blog posts here.

WEEK THREE

January 23 (Tuesday) – Conveying Information + Rhetoric/Situations
Guest Speaker: Charles Bennett
Readings: WOVENText Chapter 8 (pp. 165-175) AND WOVENText pp. 321-334 (Informative Genres)
Assignments Due:

  • Bring your finalized group contract to class. Instructions will be provided here. We will be working in class to develop your topics and discussion questions.

January 25 (Thursday) – Narrative/Storying Structure
Readings: “The Truth About Stories” (PDF on Canvas) + “Stories Take Place (PDF on Canvas)
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 2 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.” On Tuesday, you read about Informative Genres and how those informative genres communicate knowledge. Are there any connections you can make between your readings from Tuesday 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?
  • Discussion question due for Composition Project #1. This will be submitted via email to Dr. Murdock by the end of your class period. Use subject line provided in assignment prompt.

WEEK FOUR

January 30 (Tuesday) — Sound Design Drafting
Readings & Media: 
Listen to the “Big Sky” podcast linked here.
Listen to Tonebenders Interview with Dave Whitehead linked here.
Assignments Due:

  • Script draft will be due at the conclusion of class. You will be completing the drafts in-class and noting sound cues within that draft. That script draft should be submitted on Canvas.

February 1 (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?

WEEK FIVE

February 6 (Tuesday) — GROUP CONFERENCES

To provide feedback specific to your groups, class is cancelled for this week. Instead, you will come to a “group conference” during a specified time. All group members must be present. Absence from the group conference will result in TWO ABSENCES for the missing individual, unless discussed BEFORE the conference time. You will bring a ROUGH DRAFT to this conference. The rough draft will count as 30 points. A ROUGH DRAFT may consist of the full voice recording for the podcast or 2:30 of a fully produced podcast. Lack of a rough draft will result in 0/30 grade.

February 8 (Thursday) — GROUP CONFERENCES

To provide feedback specific to your groups, class is cancelled for this week. Instead, you will come to a “group conference” during a specified time. All group members must be present. Absence from the group conference will result in TWO ABSENCES for the missing individual, unless discussed BEFORE the conference time. You will bring a ROUGH DRAFT to this conference. The rough draft will count as 30 points. A ROUGH DRAFT may consist of the full voice recording for the podcast or 2:30 of a fully produced podcast. Lack of a rough draft will result in 0/30 grade.


WEEK SIX

February 13 (Tuesday) — Peer Review 
Readings: None.
Assignments Due:

  • You will bring your artist/author statement rough draft to class for peer review. This must be a full draft with all four pages present.

February 15 (Thursday) — Music, Meaning, and Movement
Readings: Watch Supaman TEDTalk linked here.
Watch Supaman “Why” music video linked here.
Watch Supaman and Nakoa Heavy Runner “Warriors Prayer” linked here.
Assignments Due: None as Composition Project #1 is due on Friday, but you should come to class prepared to talk about the videos listed above.

February 16 — Composition Project #1 due by midnight through Canvas. 


WEEK SEVEN

February 20 (Tuesday) — Trickster + Visualities
Readings: Trickster (Read to page 54.)
Assignments Due: None. Come to class prepared.

February 22 (Thursday) — Trickster + Visual Organization
Readings: Trickster (Read to page 102.)
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 spoken word in podcasts. 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.

WEEK EIGHT

February 27 (Tuesday) —  Connecting… 
Readings:  “Introduction,” Visualizing B Cell Development: Creating an Immunology Video Game, Emily Lunhui Ling
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 5 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, 2017

OPTION 1

Ninagamomin ji-nanaandawi'iwe, 2015

OPTION 2

March 1 (Thursday) Never Alone + Thinking Rhetorically
Readings: None.
Assignments Due: 

  • Blog 6 of 14: As you begin to think about Composition Project #2, use this blog post to think through (and write through) your ideas. Use this as a space to get feedback from your peers as you begin to consider what direction you might take your research. In about 200 words, summarize your ideas for the second major project.

WEEK NINE

March 6 (Tuesday) — Never Alone + Thinking Visually
Readings: The Mechanics of Survivance in Indigenously-Determined Video-Games: Invaders and Never Alone

March 8 (Thursday) — Visual, Digital, Textual, 
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 7 of 14: We played Never Alone on Tuesday. What is something that caught your attention during that gaming session? This can range from the gameplay to the visuals to the way that people played the game. Can you make any alignments between that gameplay and other texts we’ve read in class?

WEEK TEN – Online classes open March 12 and close March 16 at midnight. You will have two major parts of Composition Project #2 due by midnight March 16.

March 13 (Tuesday) – ONLINE CLASS – Click here.
March 15 (Thursday) – ONLINE CLASS – Click here.


WEEK ELEVEN

March 20 (Tuesday) – NO CLASS
March 22 (Thursday) – NO CLASS


WEEK TWELVE

March 27 (Tuesday) — Gallery Walk + Poster Presentations
Assignments Due: 

  • Blog 10 of 14: This should be submitted through Canvas. You will see a link under the Assignments tab, “Blog Post 10.” Consider the various modes that you engaged during the completion of this project. Describe one skill, perception, or bit of knowledge that you gained from this project and consider how you can apply it to your future career.

March 29 (Thursday) — Gallery Walk + Poster Presentations
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 11 of 14: This should be submitted through Canvas. You will see a link under the Assignments tab, “Blog Post 11.” At this point, you have seen or participated in at least one of the Gallery Walks. If you have presented, how did the walk help you to communicate the research you performed? If you observed and spoke to presenters, how did their presentations shape the way you will approach your presentation in today’s Gallery Walk? 

WEEK THIRTEEN

April 3 (Tuesday) – The Living Stories
Readings: The Living Stories of the Cherokee (Choose five stories to read. Each story should be from a different storyteller.) This can be found online via the GT library.
Assignments Due: None.

April 5 (Thursday) – Sweetgrass on the Chattahoochee 
Readings: “Braiding Sweetgrass” (PDF on Canvas)
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 12 of 14: Think of a place that holds memory. Can you think of one? Perhaps it is a memorial. Are memories there? Are they mapped onto the stone? What about an archive? Is that a place of public memory? Does memory live inside the walls? Can you think of a time, situation, or memory that is based in a particular place/space? Write about it.

WEEK FOURTEEN

April 10 (Tuesday) — Standing Peachtree
Readings: None.
Assignments Due:

  • Blog 13 of 14: As I prepared this lesson, I realized that one task might be more illustrative than a reading. Research these terms: Standing Peachtree, 9-CO-1, and Standing Peach Tree Site. Additionally, adding Cobb County, Fulton County, and Atlanta to these searches may help yield new results. When you find a source, summarize what it says and consider it in conversation with some of the topics and media we have discussed this semester.

April 12 (Thursday) — CLASS CANCELLED, Individual Conferences Offered
See announcement on Canvas for more information about one-on-one feedback for Composition Project #3. 


WEEK FIFTEEN

April 16 — Composition Project #3 due by midnight through Canvas.

April 17 (Tuesday) — Portfolio Workshop

See Canvas platform for today’s tasks in Announcements. 

April 19 (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.

WEEK SIXTEEN

April 24 (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.

FINALS

H6: Your portfolios are due April 26 by 5:40pm through Canvas.

I2: Your portfolios are due May 1 by 5:40pm through Canvas.