Course Information

ENG/IMS 224

Section A: TR 8:30-9:50 a.m. BAC 264
Section B: TR 10-11:20 a.m. BAC 264
Section F: TR 1-2:20 p.m. BAC 264

with Dr. Devon Ralston
email: ralstodf@miamioh.edu
gchat: ralstodf | rhetoricjunkie
office: BAC 365
hours: tbd

Required Texts and Materials

  • There is no required text to purchase for this course. All course readings will be available to you digitally (primarily in .pdf format or as .html webtexts) on this course site and through databases on King Library’s website.
  • Use of Google Drive to save work.
  • A WordPress (or other free blogging software) account
  • A USB drive (at least 8GB) for transferring work between computers.
  • A set of headphones or earbuds for sound projects
  • You also must check and use your MyMiami Email Account for course updates and announcements (username@MiamiOH.edu)

 Course Description: 

Welcome to ENG/IMS 224, Digital Rhetoric and Writing. In this class, you will explore ways in which writing practices have been reshaped by and continue to evolve alongside emerging digital technologies. You will analyze and produce digital multimodal compositions that blend alphabetic texts, images, and aural elements such as blogs, visual design, audio essays, and videos. You will learn to apply the principles of rhetoric to examine and design multimodal digital artifacts appropriate to your purpose, audience, and context. Ultimately, this knowledge enables you to become a more critically and rhetorically informed viewer, listener, and author of multimedia arguments in your daily life. No prior digital writing experience is required.

In 224, you will:

  • employ fundamental rhetorical principles to analyze the persuasive strategies of digital multimodal web texts. In other words, you will do rhetorical analysis.
  • apply rhetorical principles to produce effective digital multimodal web texts.
  • consider critically the unique affordances and constraints of diverse modalities of writing (alphabetic, visual, aural).
  • revise writing in light of feedback from peers and learn to give useful feedback to peers.
  • reflect on writing processes for inventing, drafting, and revising digital multimodal texts.
  • consider the ethical and legal responsibilities of writers in a digital age, particularly when publishing to the World Wide Web.
  • employ effective practices of design and rhetoric to compose and publish multimodal texts (on the Web) for audiences beyond the classroom.

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