Grades & Assignments

You must complete all major assignments to pass this course. Regardless of other graded work, failure to turn in all assignments on time will result in a failing grade. If you do not submit all materials for each project, you will not pass the class. I am particularly twitchy about work you do that involves your fellow students.

All late work will will receive 69% unless arrangements are made well (a week or more) in advance.

Late “writing” or “review” assignments will not be accepted.

Our class will be run on an intensive write, review, revision, resubmit cycle. Drafts you submit are just as important to your reviewers learning as they are to you. As such, it really is quite impossible to submit a late “writing” or “review” assignments because it disrupts your peer reviewers workflows. As such, I can not accept “writing” or “review” assignments submitted late.

You should submit your work on time. Late work will only be accepted if you consult with me prior to the class period in which the work is due. Work is considered to be late after 9:00 pm on the due date.

GPA Percentage

98-100  A+ 88-89  B+ 78-79  C+ 68-69  D+
93-97   A 83-87   B 73-77   C 63-67   D
90-92   A- 80-82   B- 70-72   C- 60-62   D-


Note that these are just brief overviews—full‐length assignments and examples will be provided in class. All written assignments, with the exception of peer feedback, can be revised and resubmitted with revision cover letter that clearly outlines changes between drafts as well as strategic choices in drafting process within two weeks for a new grade.


Codeacademy Exercises (100 points)

The first part of this assignment asks you to work through a series of tutorials on HTML and CSS on Codecademy and then posting them to your account. The second part of this assignment involves you working through a second tutorial of your choice on the Codecademy web site. Once finished with these exercises, you will write a brief (500 word or so) reflection on your process.

Personal Digital Ecology Research (200 points)

Digital writing acts on you. In this assignment, you will research your own current digital writing practices and identities, and reflect on when and where you typically interact with digital media. We will refer to this as your personal digital media ecology. After conducting research, you’ll create an infographic to represent your findings & draw on what you learned to create a personal/professional blog site of your choice. Your blog site will become your public digital writing outlet for the remainder of the semester, and you will share your infographic there as your first required posting.

Designing Web Communications Portfolio (200 points)

All of the projects for the term will need to be collected and presented in an electronic portfolio that will actually be either a design document for a site, a site used as a continent management site, or a website. This is something we’ll talk about in great detail throughout the term.

You will design your own rhetorically informed style guide for your content and your webpage. This will help guide you in making decisions on how to frame and design your content according to your rhetorical goals.

Provide Helpful Feedback (200 points)

As part of your participation, you will share your writing and offer feedback to others that helps them improve their own thinking and their drafts. We’ll spend a good deal of time talking about how to improve in this area, as it is a key leadership skill needed to advance in any knowledge worker career paths.

We’ll be using the tool Eli Review to do this work.

Please check out more about the importance of feedback and improvement and rethinking and revising writing.