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Course Description

This is the second of two capstone courses in the Multimedia Communication track of the Professional Writing Minor. At the end of this course, you’ll have a professional website with your writing and multimedia projects in a variety of genres representing the range of work that you’ve done as a writing Minor, as a student in other courses, and as an intern, employee, and member of organizations during your college career.

The assignments in the course ask you to engage in activities that will help you improve as a writer in print and multimedia; specifically, you’ll be asked to

  • learn HTML and CSS in order to design and code standards-compliant websites;
  • compose and design a professional website to showcase your work;
  • create one or more multimedia projects;
  • apply and articulate design principles for the web;
  • and continue developing facility with a variety of software programs.

The syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the course can be found here at http://sorapure.net/155b. This website will be updated regularly.

Spring 2020

Because we’ll be doing the course remotely this quarter, I’ve tried to organize the schedule so that the activities and assignments are as clear as possible. As we did in Writing 155A, we’ll be using this website and Box; in addition, this quarter we’ll use Zoom for individual and small group meetings and Nectir for discussions and questions.

Grades

The assignments for the course constitute your final grade, roughly as follows:

  • Professional Website: 50%
  • Multimedia Project: 25%
  • Final Project: 25%

Important Information

  • I’ll be holding Zoom office hours during our regular class meeting time: MW 5:00-6:15. That means that during that time I’ll be on Zoom and available to meet with you. I’ll arrange for some small group meetings to happen then, too, so that you can talk with others in the class. I’ll send you an invitation so that you can access these Zoom meetings throughout the quarter.
  • We’re also going to be using Nectir as a discussion board and a way for you to communicate with me and other students in the class. It’ll be faster and more convenient than email, especially if you download the app for your phone. I’ll give instructions on that at the beginning of the quarter.

Campus resources this quarter

Although campus is closed, many offices remain open and are providing services via phone and Internet. A few are listed below. If you have any questions about other services, get in touch with me (sorapure@writing.ucsb.edu or during Zoom office hours) and I can help you. 

  • Keep Learning UCSB (https://keeplearning.id.ucsb.edu): information about strategies for remote learning, UCSB COVID-19 updates, and links to many of the units listed below.
  • CLAS (http://clas.sa.ucsb.edu | 805.893.3269): CLAS is offering online tutoring services and workshops; sign-ups for these services begin on Monday, March 30.
  • CAPS (http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu | 805.893.4411): For Spring 2020, previously scheduled in-person appointments will shift to phone or Zoom; new appointment requests can be made by calling 805-893-4411.
  • Basic Needs Resources (https://food.ucsb.edu): this website is updated with information for Spring 2020 about financial assistance, food and housing assistance, and technology/access assistance. A chat function at the site puts you in touch with help immediately. 
  • Also, I am always available to help via email, during Zoom office hours, or by appointment.