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.

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.

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.

Assignment 1 | Prepare a corpus from an Online Knowledge Network | 100 points

Propose, capture, scrape, and curate the knowledge construction in an online networked community to create an corpus. Build a repository for your corpus that allows others to take advantage of your work.

Assignment 2 | Visualize an Online Knowledge Network | 100 points

Examine the rhetorical strategies, operations, and dynamics through which knowledge is co-constructed in an online networked community. Discuss what you learned about the opportunities and challenges of mass collaboration from your analysis and support your claims with readings from class. Give presentation to class that includes data visualization of your conclusions and places your visualization within discourse on mass collaboration.

Assignment 3 | Design an Information Architecture for a Knowledge Network | 100 points

Experiment with the possibility of facilitating and leveraging user-generated content. Build from the situated conversations of a knowledge network to create documentation that assembles these contributions into a more durable and emergent “view from above” that helps facilitate further user action. Scaffolding user engagement and use skills as information designers to capture and (re)present user exchanges.

Assignment 4 | Propose an Information Architecture for a Knowledge Network | 100 points

Propose an information architecture that has the potential of facilitating and leveraging user-generated content. Articulate that design for multiple audiences, you’ll need to articulate your design for one of three distinct audiences: 1) an academic IA audience 2) an audience of IA professionals 3) an audience of interest to that group/users. These articulations should come from building the situated conversations of a knowledge network you have already analyzed that helps facilitate further user knowledge construction.

Assignment 5 | Provide Helpful Feedback | 300 points

As part of your class 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.

Assignment 6 | Class Leadership | 100

As part of your class participation, you will be asked to be a “primary reader” for a small group in class discussion. Your roll will be to generate discussion and questions amongst a group of your peers. You will be asked to lead these conversations several times during the course. This is a pass/fail assignment.

798 Assignments

Assignment A | Short Critique / Class Activity | 100 points

This class has many texts; doctoral students will help the class understand one of these texts by reading it together and presenting the relevant work to the class as a whole. Students will be responsible for preparing a presentation that depicts the text’s main contribution to the subject of the class as well as a class handout or equivalent media that contains a complete reference, research questions/goals, methods used, findings, strengths and weaknesses and a recommendation for what sort of projects the text would be useful for tackling.

Assignment B | Annotated Bibliography | 100 points

Getting to know the literature of a particular field means more than reading the articles and book chapters, it also means learning to follow conversations and understand the controversies that have driven knowledge-making in that field over time. For this project you will compile a comprehensive list of sources on computational rhetoric or information architecture that allows a reader to trace its development over time from inception to present-day. You should give a full citation and a brief but detailed annotation for each source that helps to explain the way it fits into the overall thread you are tracing.