Schedule, Fall 2016

This is the schedule as it exists at the beginning of the term. There will almost certainly be changes as we go along in terms of readings (some added, some subtracted) and due dates. I made some changes on November 7.


Week 1: September 7-9

Beginning Wednesday:


Week 2: September 12-16

Beginning Monday:

Beginning Wednesday:


Week 3: September 19-23

Beginning Monday:

Beginning Wednesday:


Week 4: September 26-30

Beginning Monday:

Beginning Wednesday:

  • Keep working on the Codecademy exercises. By the end of next week, you should be finished with all six units in the HTML & CSS course. If you are stuck, this is a good time to potentially meet with me and get help!
  • First progress report for the semester of social media due!  By the end of the week, everyone needs to post to their English 444 Portfolio a progress report.  As a part of this first 500-750 word update, be sure to name and describe the social media sites you are participating in.  Late projects will be docked a letter grade.
  • Discuss the second part of the Codecademy exercises.

Week 5: October 3-7

Beginning Monday:

  • Read and discuss about the first half of Krug, Rocket Science Made Easy
  • Discussion about the usability “survey” with the department web site.

Beginning Wednesday:

  • Read and discuss about the second half of Krug, Rocket Science Made Easy
  • Continue discussing the first part of the usability assignment.
  • By today: you need to tell me about your text selection for the text to hypertext assignment.
  • The HTML/CSS Codecademy Exercises are due! By the end of the week, you need to have posted to your people.emich.edu site a complete and correct set of HTML/CSS exercises! You need to complete this assignment before moving on to the others this semester, so be sure to let me know sooner than this if you are stuck!
  • Grad students: By the end of this week, you need to let me know what you are going to be doing for the “Writing for the Web/Social Media” interview project and when you want to do it.

Week 6: October 10-14

Beginning Monday:

  • Begin discussing through the first four chapters of Redish’s Letting Go of the Words.

Beginning Wednesday:

  • Read and discuss through chapter 8 of Redish Letting Go of the Words.
  • Semester of Social Media Project Second Progress Report! By the end of the day today, everyone needs to post a second progress to their Writing for the Web Portfolio. In 500 or so words, tell us how your social media experiences are going. Late projects will be docked a letter grade.

Week 7: October 17-21

Beginning Monday:

  • Read and discuss the rest of Redish Letting Go of the Words.

Beginning Wednesday:


Week 8: October 24-28

Beginning Monday:

  • Finish peer review on part 1 of the usability project.
  • Discuss Weebly and other “free” web publishing options for the text to hypertext project.
  • Watch, interact with, and be ready to discuss Do Not Track documentary and web site.

Beginning Wednesday:


Week 9: October 31-November 4

Beginning Monday:

Beginning Wednesday:

  • Read and discuss  “Super Mom in a Box.”
  • By about today, you need to start working on your “pre-test” round of usability testing.

Week 10: November 7-11

Beginning Monday:

Beginning Wednesday:

  • Pre-Test Usability Testing Due and Discussion. You should be done with your pre-test usability test by Wednesday or so and we’ll talk about it.
  • Possible TBA times to meet to talk about web publishing options and wordpress.

Week 11: November 14-November 18

Beginning Monday:

Beginning Wednesday:

  • Graduate student presentation/discussion: Ja’La W.
  • Discuss the semester of social media final essay project.
  • November 18: Semester of Social Media Project Third Progress Report!  By Friday November 18, everyone needs to post the last progress to their Writing 444 Portfolio.  In 500 words or so, wrap up what you’re experience has been about (especially since the second update). Late projects will be docked a letter grade.

Week 12: November 21-23

Beginning Monday:

  • Graduate student presentation/discussion: Scott B.
  • Discuss the semester of social media final essay project.
  • Discuss the Writing for the WWW Portfolio site.
  • Second Codecademy Exercise and Debrief Posting Due! By the end of the day on Monday, you need to be done with the second group of exercises you worked through on your own at Codecademy and you need to post a brief (1000 word or so) essay to your Writing for the WWW portfolio reflecting on these exercises

Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving


Week 13: November 28-December 2

Beginning Monday:

  • Graduate student presentation/discussion: Rachel N.
  • Begin peer review of the semester of social media reflective essay! By the end of the day today, you need to have ready for peer review a mostly complete version of your social media reflective essay, probably as a Google Doc.
  • Continued discussion about wordpress.com

Beginning Wednesday:

  • Graduate student presentation/discussion: Andrew D.
  • Finish peer review on the semester of social media reflective essay.
  • By the end of the day today (or so), you should be done with your second round of usability testing! This means that by about today, you should have a mostly complete draft of your text-to-hypetext transformation and you should be comlete with your usability testing with subjects outside of class.
  • Continued discussion about wordpress.com

Week 14: December 5-9

Beginning Monday:

  • The semester of social media reflective essay is due! By the end of the day today, post the final and revised version of your essay to your Writing for the Web portfolio site. Be sure to post it as a wordpress page on your Writing 444 portfolio– not just the Google doc link.
  • Begin peer review on second part of the Usability/Text-to-Hypertext project! By the end of the day today, you need to have for peer review a mostly complete transformed text/web site, including your reflective essay part of the usability process. Late work will be docked a letter grade on the project.
  • Begin peer review on the Writing 444 Portfolio! By the end of the day today, you need to have for peer review a mostly complete wordpress.com site. Late work will be docked a letter grade on the project.

Beginning Wednesday:

  • Finish peer review on the second part of the Usability/Text-to-Hypertext project by the end of the day today.
  • Finish peer review on the Writing 444 Portfolio by the end of the day.
  • Continued discussions about wordpress.com.
  • Discuss the end of the semester.

Week 15: December 12-13

Last day of classes, December 13

  • End of the term email participation dialog due! By the end of the day today, each of you needs to send me an email about your participation for the second part of the term.
  • The second part of the Usability/Text-to-Hypertext Project is Due! By the end of the day today, you need to have a revised version of your text-to-hypertext transformation and the accompanying final essay reflection on the process and assignment. Late projects will be docked a letter grade.
  • The Writing 444 Portfolio is Due! By the end of the day today, your wordpress.com portfolio for presenting course projects needs to be complete. Late projects will be docked a letter grade.

Finals Week

The End of Time is December 20 at 2 pm (Michigan Time). Any remaining work is due. If due dates change during the term, it will be due by this time.

2 Responses to Schedule, Fall 2016

  1. rachel says:

    This may be a bit early question to ask such a specific question, but with regards to the code academy exercises we’ll be putting on our people.emich.edu sites, I would like to clarify my understanding.

    There are multiple “exercises” within each of the 6 HTML/CSS tutorial units. Generally speaking, should we be putting up the 3-5 exercises that we complete for each unit, or just have one page for each that represents all of the elements/exercises from the units?

    Also, are the unit exercises we put on people.emich supposed to have completely changed text and content from what the exercise originally had when we began manipulating it? (For example, making it all about ourselves)

    I just wanted to be sure before I got much farther with the exercises and put anymore onto my people.emich.

    • Steve Krause says:

      I’ll post a bit more about this stuff later today, but basically:

      * Each of the (free!) codecademy exercises has a simple example of a web page– basically, the “finished” product of each of the units. You should post these finished pages as exercises for this assignment. There are six of them.

      * Yep, you should make up your own text and images for these exercises. Though it doesn’t really matter what you use for content because the purpose of these exercises is to just introduce the basics of HTML and CSS.

      * Here’s my example of these finished exercises and how it should look for you too (basically): http://people.emich.edu/skrause/444/

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