Week 14: What level of digital literacy do we need to survive and thrive in the world?

I hope your Thanksgiving break is off to a good start! I’ll be spending part of my break reviewing your Scholarly Webtext “plan of action” documents, so watch for an email from me with some feedback. I’ll also finish grading all of your Interrogating the Interface projects, and I’ll email each of you about that assignment, too. Your primary assignment over the break is to keep thinking about your Scholarly Webtext, refining your argument and finding additional sources to support your position.

When we come back from the break, we’ll be down to our last three class sessions of the semester. Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll be doing during Week 14:

  • On Tuesday, we will wrap up our discussion of Douglas Rushkoff’s Program or Be Programmed and consider the implications of his book for students pursuing degrees in the humanities. Before you come to class, please read and be ready to vigorously respond to Chapter 10 and two additional articles: “What I Learned at Coding School,” by Michael Brendan Dougherty, and “Maybe Not Everybody Should Learn to Code,” by Chase Felker. [Update: When you get to class, please download the HTML workshop files.]
  • We will spend all of Thursday’s class session in workshop mode, with each of you focusing on your individual project for Unit #4. You can use the time in any way that helps you make progress on your project, and I will be available to answer questions and help you address any problems you’ve encountered. The only requirement for Thursday is that you come to class ready to work on your project and stay focused on that work for the entire class session, so please bring any materials (physical or digital) that you might need.

As always, if you have any questions about these items, please drop me a line. I’ll be traveling during part of Thanksgiving break, but I’ll do my best to respond ASAP.