Dr. Maria A. Clayton
PH 329 (MTSU Box 70)
898-2585 (office); 849-8369 (home; no calls after 10:00 p.m., please)
You may leave a message on my
voice mail at either number, but it is up to you to follow up if you don't
receive a return call within one day. E-mail address:
as rule, I do not respond to student email over the weekend.
I invite you to access the About
the Instructor segment at http://www.mtsu.edu/~mclayton
Office Hours: MWF
8:00-12:00; other times by
appointment Be sure to let me know you need to see me so your trip is not
Please Note: Students with disabilities that may require
assistance or who have questions related to any accommodations for testing, note
takers, readers, etc., must inform the instructor and provide certification from
the Office of Disabled Student Services
(898-2783), so arrangements can be made as soon as possible to accommodate
Texts and Materials:
Birkerts, Sven. The Guttenberg Elegies. New York:
Fawcett/Columbine, 1994 [ck w/bookstore for pub. info on the newest
Monroe, Barbara. Crossing the Digital Divide. New
York: Teachers College P, 2004.
Selber, Stuart A. Multiliteracies for a Digital Age.
Carbondale: So. Illinois UP, 2004.
Michelle, Richard Morris, and Elizabeth Overman Smith, eds. Computers in the
Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook.
Boston: Bedford, 2008.
Digital storage device of choice
Email account and internet access—we will use our D2L
website's email for our course communication; this will allow you access to your
instructor and classmates as well as keep your academic and personal email
separate. Internet access is required for utilizing our course website through D2L. We
will have a D2L orientation class day set up in our schedule.
will want to make a habit of checking the course's announcements and Discussion
areas on a regular
basis, at least two to three times a week, particularly when you are absent.
Hawisher, Gail E., Paul LeBlanc, Charles Moran, and Cynthia L. Selfe.
Computers and the
Teaching of Writing in
American Higher Education, 1979-1994: A History.
Directions in Computers and Composition Studies Series.
Eds. Gail Hawisher and
Cynthia L. Selfe. Greenwich: Ablex Publishing, 1996.
Hawisher, Gail, and Selfe, Cynthia.
Gaming Lives in the Twenty-first Century. New
York: Palgrave Macmillan,
---. Literate Lives in
the Information Age: Stories from the United States. Mahwah: Lawrence
Description and Objectives:
The course focuses on practical and theoretical
implications of computer technology and of the Internet and World Wide Web for
the teaching of writing. The course is aimed at developing students’
understanding and proficiency in the adoption of these technologies [Instructional
Technologies or IT] not only for personal use, but, more importantly, for
improving the pedagogical basis for integration, resulting in greater degree of
student-centered focus in the courses they might teach. Students will immerse
themselves in historical
origins, pedagogical theory, and practical applications of computer technologies in writing.
More specifically, the course objectives are to
Increase student knowledge about how computers and the internet
contribute to their own composition process.
D2L for course delivery to guide and model for students through the
development of rhetoric/composition, content-specific, mini-courses and
modules/lessons delivered with the software.
Engage students in a dialogue about writing and about new pedagogies in
Move students towards merging pedagogical theory and practical
application to gain a “real world” feel for the efficacy of using
computers and the internet in the writing process.
The course consists of
a reading, writing, working with IT, and presenting oral reports components. The graded
activities are varied:
In order to familiarize yourself with the history, theory,
and pedagogical applications of IT integration. Engl 6580 students are asked to read scholarship in the field and
annotate ten items; Engl 7580
students are asked to read and annotate fifteen items. Annotations are to be 150-250 words and written from the
third person perspective and in the literary present tense. They should clearly
identify the topic discussed in the article, state the piece's thesis clearly,
and offer a succinct summary, which
includes a brief statement of the article's usefulness for its targeted audience,
individuals like you, interested in IT adoption/integration into the writing
To avoid duplications (not very useful for our purposes), you will enter
your selections as soon as possible on the website Discussion area. Refer to the
detailed handout for more specific information and
to the schedule for the due dates for drafts and final copy
(two samples are provided in the website).
Creation and Presentation
During our first weeks of class, we will discuss the types
of practical applications you are interested in trying out in a module, unit,
lesson, etc. [you decide what to call it]. We will use class time to gain
direction, clarify technology issues, discuss sound pedagogical rationale for
integrating the technology (ies) of choice, but probably the majority of the
work in creating your learning object will have to be done out of class. At any
point, you can ask for/receive advice from classmates and instructor; you can
even consult with ITD personnel. Your learning object will be shared with the
class, including the pedagogical rationale behind it. Practice
your presentation to insure its effectiveness and clarity. You will also want to
insure it meets the 20 minute time limit. You
will provide pertinent handouts for the instructor and for
classmates, as well as offer a link to your learning object through the website.
One of our goals will be to refine your learning object with the intent of
submitting it to MERLOT and to LT & ITC's Educational Research Repository [ERR].
You will write a 1500-2500 word formal essay presenting the
research and pedagogical approach used in creating our learning object, hopefully using at least some of the sources you selected to
annotate for the bibliography and
present your key findings to your classmates in an oral presentation (20 minute
time limit). The extended objective for this essay is to be submitted for
conference presentation and possibly for publication. You will adhere to MLA format and provide copies for your
classmates. You will want to organize your material so that your classmates can
take notes on the paper's content for discussion purposes. Refer to the
detailed handout for more detailed information and
to the schedule for the due dates. Practice
your presentation to insure its effectiveness and clarity. You will also want to
insure it meets the time limit. It
is always a good idea to get feedback on a rough draft before final submission.
ENGL 7580 Students
In addition to contributing extra items to the
annotated bibliography assignment, students working towards their PhD
will also take on the management of the Selected Reading List, a growing
resource on the website. Tasks will include adding new items contributed
by classmates as part of their research, re-organizing items under
appropriate headings, insuring entries are in correct MLA works cited
format, and the like. PhD students will also collaborate with Dr.
Clayton on presentation preparations for Scholar's Week [Mar 31-Apr 4]
and MTSU's IT Conference [Apr 6-8].
Assigned readings from the required texts will be the basis
for class discussion, started on the website and wrapped up in class. You are
expected to participate in the current week's DB and come to class prepared to
contribute insights from the reading and from exchanges in the DB. You will earn HW credit for items such as
class participation, input in the DB's, periodic
checks on annotations, and the like.
I maintain an open door policy so students can come to
discuss their progress in the course or issues brought up in class. Let me know
if you plan to come so I can be sure to be in the office.
attendance is extremely important to you and your classmates' success in English
6580/7580 because unlike the lecture course where your class absence affects no
one but yourself, English 6580/7580 is structured around your participation in
presentations—Learning Objects and Formal Papers—are the
subject matter for a good bit of the course. Since there is no way to make up participating in a
classmate’s presentation, class attendance is a must.
Late Work--It is
vital that you submit your work on time, particularly since your work is the
subject matter for the date assigned. Refer to our course
schedule. All late writing assignments must be completed
within one week of due date and will suffer late penalties—one letter
grade per day late. Work not completed within one week will earn a failing grade
for the assignment and jeopardize passing the course.
Although the cou4se is graded on a Pass/Fail basis,
individual assignments are graded using the 10-point scale (A=90-100, B=80-89,
etc.) and will be weighed as follows:
Learning Object Presentation
Formal Essay Presentation
|Homework [Annotation RD check, DB participation, etc.]
To earn a Pass for the
course, the final average must add up to 70 points or higher.
to say, plagiarism
will result in course failure. If you have questions about how to
properly document outside sources in any of your assignments, ask for
assistance from the instructor.
Keep this syllabus and refer to it
often during the semester!!! In essence, this a contract between us which
establishes the guidelines for your successful completion of the course.