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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 https://sorapure.net/155b. This website will be updated regularly.

Spring 2021

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 Google drive for course materials and Zoom for individual and small group meetings.

Grades

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

  • Resource presentation: 15%
  • Professional website: 50%
  • WordPress blog/site: 20%
  • Multimedia project: 15%

Important Information

  • Class will be meeting via Zoom at the regular class meeting time: TR 11:00-12:15.
  • My office hours will be via Zoom on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 and on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00, as well as by appointment.

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.