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Honor Pledge, Research and Art in the Digital Age, and Peer Review Prep

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Class Agenda

  1. Tech Presentation #3: YouTube
  2. Wrap-up plagiarism, copyright, Honor Pledge, and adding a Creative Commons license to your blog using widgets
  3. Sirc, Duchamp, readymades, and postmodern art/creativity sharing
  4. Discussion of Digital Breadcrumbs
  5. Research Journal Assignment
  6. Peer-Review Prep

Finalizing our Honor Pledge

Here is the version from a previous section of CO302 that we have been debating:

On my honor as a writer and participant in online spaces, I pledge that I will maintain the autonomy of any source or website not claim anyone else’s copyrighted work as my own regardless of medium or mode of communication (writing, sound, image, video, etc.) unless the work has been transformative in purpose of function by me; I will always provide attribute credit for the work of others that appears within my projects for this class. I also pledge that when including images and other media in the projects for this class I will first attempt to use freely licensed or public domain materials. When I use copyrighted material for the purposes of social, cultural, or political critique or artistic remix I will abide by what is an ethical and legal use of the fair use doctrine.

Are we satisfied with this? The first sentence addresses plagiarism. The second and third sentences address copyright and fair use. Last time we discussed this we seemed to be in agreement about the plagiarism section, but unsure about the copyright section.

Sirc, Duchamp, readymades, and postmodern art/creativity

Sirc’s argument might be summed up as art, including writing, should have no hierarchy of aesthetic value but instead art should be flattened and democratized—all materials and forms are appropriate and the choice of material and form should be made situationally (i.e., rhetorically) not according to arbitrary rules that have been established by a disciplinary elite.

With the above summary of Sirc in mind, let’s look at some of your readymades and assisted readymades. Why did you choose to work with these materials and how did you decide on the alterations you would make to them?

Digital Breadcrumbs: Doing research online

Freewrite: Open up the ‘Discussion‘ section of our class Canvas page and take 5 minutes to write and post your answer to the following question.

How do you use (or not) the CSU library for research? What could the library do to make it more useful for you and other undergraduate researchers? What other online research tools do you use? What non-digital research tool do you use?

The big takeaway from Purdy and Walker (I will elaborate):

If we accept Barbara Mirel’s (1996) definition of invention as the discovery, selection, and retrieval of appropriate information (pp. 102-103), then such activities can be inventional–making what are often taken to be unengaged, aimless behaviors productive parts of composing. Indeed, the participants in this study find such work an important part of topic generation and idea development for their academic writing tasks. (Playing Researcher)

Research Journal Assignment

Just as you are now getting in the habit of completing a blog post every Thursday, you should also now get in the habit of completing a Research Journal every other Tuesday. The Research Journal serves two purposes: 1) it is a chance for you to see what others (related to your blog topic) are doing and 2) thus gives you post ideas, modes to emulate, and modes to avoid. The Research Journal is a chance to get you involved in the conversations on your topic, but it also encourages you to make rhetorically sound choices when doing so.

Peer Review Preparation

We will do two rounds of peer review this semester, each worth 25 points. (50 points total or 5% of the final grade)

  1. Fill out the sheet in the “Blog Author Info.” section of ‘Discussions’ in Canvas for your peer review group members and me. Upload the file to your group file Discussion in Canvas as soon as possible. Completing this sheet and giving it to your group members is worth 5 points.
  2. Get in your groups and go over your author information sheets to make sure your group members understand the feedback you are looking for.
  3. As a class, we will go over the review sheets (found in the “Blog Review Sheets” Discussion section of Canvas you will fill out for homework and upload to your group file Discussion in Canvas to access during Tuesday’s peer response workshop. Completing the review sheets is worth 10 points. Participating in class on Tuesday is worth an additional 10 points. Be sure to put your review sheets in the “blog reviewer sheets” Discussion and to title them with the name of the person whose blog you reviewed.
  4. If you are missing a group member today, they must upload their author information sheet to Canvas by Tuesday.

Homework:

Read: Ridolfo & DeVoss, Composing For Recomposition: Rhetorical Velocity and Delivery
Complete the Peer Review Preparation (see above info.)
Research Journal entry 1 due in Canvas
Review the final version of the Honor Pledge to make any final revisions before we accept it for final use in the class:

On my honor as a writer and participant in online spaces, I pledge that I will maintain the autonomy of any source or website nor claim anyone else’s copyrighted work as my own regardless of medium or mode of communication (writing, sound, image, video, etc.) unless the work has been transformative in purpose of function by me; I will always attribute credit for the work of others that appears within my projects for this class. I also pledge that when including images and other media in the projects for this class I will first attempt to use freely licensed or public domain materials. When I use copyrighted material for the purposes of social, cultural, or political critique or artistic remix I will abide by what is an ethical and legal use of the fair use doctrine.

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Course Information

what
CO302.002, Writing In Online Environments
Fall 2016

when and where
T/TR @ 9:30-10:45am
Eddy 4

instructor
Jeremy Proctor
Eddy 311
jeremy.proctor@colostate.edu or proctorj@rams.colostate.edu

office hours
1:00 to 2:15 TR
by appointment

Most English Department faculty no longer have office phones. This means that the only way to reach me outside of class is to physically come to office hours or to email. During the work week I check email several times a day between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Under normal circumstances I respond to email within 24 hours. If you email after 5:00 pm on a Friday (i.e., on the weekend) you might not receive a reply until Monday morning.

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