Course Structure

Via Present & Correct

We’ll engage in both synchronous and asynchronous activities: 

  • Asynchronous: 
    • You’ll complete course readings, screenings, and listening exercises on your own time
    • You’ll complete individual assignments on your own time
    • You’ll occasionally be asked to use our class Slack to engage in asynchronous discussions, but you’re also welcome to use this platform at your own discretion: to initiate conversations of your own, to reflect on our digital learning environments (in the #our-digital-learning-environments channel) and to propose ways that I/we can improve those environments, to solicit or share resources from/with your classmates, etc. 
  • Synchronous: 
    • Please check each week’s webpage for specific logistical information and links.
    • Some weeks, we’ll meet as a full group on Zoom during our officially scheduled class time – but not for the entire two hours! In order to maximize interaction – and to reduce the glitches that inevitably occur when streaming through Zoom – I’ll post all formal announcements and lectures in the form of short videos and slides that you can watch independently at the start of class. After you’ve all had sufficient time to review that material, we’ll convene on Zoom. 
      • Here’s a possible scenario: On Tuesday at 6pm you visit the class website and find an embedded video. You watch that video, which takes, let’s say, 20 minutes. The website then directs you to log in to Zoom at 6:25pm. We convene on Zoom – where we mix short individual presentations, break-out groups, and plenary discussions – for 60 minutes. We officially adjourn at 7:40, at which point you’re then welcome to hang out in our virtual classroom to engage in informal after-class discussion, if you like. 
    • Some weeks we might hold small-group discussions or workshops in lieu of our regularly scheduled plenary meeting. 
    • On two occasions, near the beginning and end of the semester, we’ll schedule half-hour one-on-one conversations – in lieu of our group sessions – to discuss your individual interests and needs, as well as your progress on your individual projects. 

ABOUT THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

If you’re accustomed to syllabi that consist of little more than a weekly schedule and a list of readings, our weekly agendas might look a bit intimidating 😳 Fear not! 😎 Most of what you see here is my attempt to provide context and intellectual framing. I explain why I’ve chosen particular texts, and what I hope you’ll gain from reading, watching, or listening to them. I offer tips regarding what to focus on. I pose questions that I hope you’ll keep in mind as you engage. I also occasionally direct you to collections of related resources that you’re welcome simply to skim, but which might (I hope!) prove useful for your own research – or inspire a new interest, or introduce you to some new resources, or connect you to a new community. In short, the voluminous text you’ll see in the Schedule + Reading section is meant to serve as a friendly guide to your weekly preparations.