Schedule

August

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Monday, August 18 • IN CLASS: Welcome and introductions. Review of policies and syllabus. Preview of class. • HOMEWORK: Read Ted Chiang, “The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling“. Read syllabus. Print and sign syllabus review statement.

Wednesday, August 20 •
BRING TO CLASS: Ted Chiang, “The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling,” signed syllabus review statement. • IN CLASS: Syllabus Q & A. Blog account setup. Discussion of Chiang. Introduction of video response assignment. • HOMEWORK: Brainstorm initial ideas for video response to Chiang.

Friday, August 22 • BRING TO CLASS: Initial ideas for video response. • IN CLASS: Small-group activity/workshop toward Chiang video responses. • HOMEWORK: Chiang video response and reflection.

Due Sunday, August 24, 11:59 p.m.: Chiang video response and reflection posted to course blog.

Monday, August 25 •  BRING TO CLASS: Browse some of your classmates’ video responses to the Chiang video. • IN CLASS: Discussion of/reflection on Chiang video responses. Discussion of definitions of data and information. Brainstorming about ways we interact with data and information throughout our lives. • HOMEWORK: James Gleick, The Information [selection]

Due Tuesday, August 26, 11:59 p.m.: Blog post 1, Group A.

Wednesday, August 27 • BRING TO CLASS: James Gleick, The Information [selection]. • IN CLASS: Discussion of Gleick and blog posts about Gleick. • HOMEWORK: WOVENText 2.20-2.22

Due Thursday, August 28, 11:59 p.m.: Blog comments, Group B.

Friday, August 29 • BRING TO CLASS: WOVENText 2.20-2.22 • IN CLASS: Discussion of Gleick in relation to WOVENText. • HOMEWORK: Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think [selections]

September

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Monday, September 1 • Labor Day. No class.

Due Tuesday, September 2, 11:59 p.m.: Blog post 2, Group B.

Wednesday, September 3 • BRING TO CLASS: Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think [selections]. • IN CLASS: Discussion of reading and big data. Brainstorming of where big data fits into our lives. • HOMEWORK: WOVENText, Ch. 2, “Reading/Understanding the Rhetorical Situation” 17-19.

Due Thursday, September 4, 11:59 p.m.: Blog comments, Group A.

Friday, September 5. • BRING TO CLASS: WOVENText, Ch. 2, “Reading/Understanding the Rhetorical Situation.” • IN CLASS: Discussion of the rhetorical situation and rhetorical appeals. • HOMEWORK: WOVENText Ch. 6, “Visual” 88-91.

Monday, September 8. • BRING TO CLASS: WOVENText Ch. 6, “Visual” 88-91. • IN CLASS: Rhetorical analysis of images, charts, and graphs. • HOMEWORK: “TIME’s Person of the Year: You” (2006) [T-Square; will be posted Monday 9/8]; Malcolm Gladwell, “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted”

Due Tuesday, September 9, 11:59 p.m.: Blog post 2, Group A.

Wednesday, September 10 • BRING TO CLASS: “TIME’s Person of the Year: You” (2006) [T-Square; will be posted Monday 9/8]; Malcolm Gladwell, “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted.” • IN CLASS: Discussion of readings. • HOMEWORK: Take notes on a brief analysis of your own Twitter feed or Facebook Newsfeed. Be prepared to discuss what’s actually there, what’s missing, etc. What do we learn by looking at them closely? Does what’s here represent something with democratic/freeing potential? Spend a little bit of time thinking about these feeds.

Due Thursday, September 11, 11:59 p.m.: Blog comments, Group B.

Friday, September 12 • BRING TO CLASS: Notes on social-media feeds. • IN CLASS: Discussion of our social media feeds.

Monday, September 15 • IN CLASS: Discussion of components of argument and types of evidence. Analysis/ranking of different types of claims. • HOMEWORK: Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) [selection].

Due Tuesday, September 16, 11:59 p.m.: Blog post 2, Group B.

Wednesday, September 17 • BRING TO CLASS: Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) [selection]. • IN CLASS: Discussion/Analysis of Vaidhyanathan.

Due Thursday, September 18, 11:59: Blog comments, Group A.

Friday, September 19 • LIBRARY/COMMUNICATION CENTER VISIT. Meet in library rotunda entrance. • HOMEWORK: Reading about counterarguments/acknowledgment & response TBA.

Monday, September 22 • BRING TO CLASS: Reading about counterarguments/acknowledgment & response TBA.IN CLASS: Acknowledging and responding to alternative points of view. Practice coming up with objections/alternatives in group activity. • HOMEWORK: Eli Pariser, The Filter Bubble [selection].

Due Tuesday, September 23, 11:59 p.m.: Blog post 3, Group A.

Wednesday, September 24 • BRING TO CLASS: Eli Pariser, The Filter Bubble [selection] [T-square]. • IN CLASS: Introduce new schedule for papers. Sign up for pecha-kucha schedule. Discuss/Analyze Pariser. • HOMEWORK: Facebook Emotions Study; Katy Waldman, “Facebook’s Unethical Experiment” [link]; Christian Rudder, “We Experiment on Human Beings!” [link]

Due Thursday, September 25, 11:59: Blog comments, Group B.

Friday, September 26 • BRING TO CLASS: Facebook Emotions Study; Katy Waldman, “Facebook’s Unethical Experiment” [link]; Christian Rudder, “We Experiment on Human Beings!” [link]. • IN CLASS: Discussion of social-media experiments and business practices. • HOMEWORK: Brainstorm potential topics for pecha-kucha presentations.

Monday, September 29 • IN CLASS: Workshop of/research toward potential pecha-kucha topics. • HOMEWORK: Raffi-Khatchadourian, “No Secrets” [link]. • OPTIONAL READING: Julian Assange, “The Wikileaks Manifesto” [link].

Due Tuesday, September 30, 11:59 p.m.: Blog post 3, Group B.

October

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Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
(September 30)
Blog post 3, group B, 11:59 p.m.
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Reading: Raffi-Khatchadourian, “No Secrets"
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Blog comments, group A, 11:59 p.m.
3
Come to class with a focused pecha-kucha topic and an image you might want to include in your presentation.
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Reading: WOVENText Chapter 5, "Oral." Come to class ready to develop/refine your longer essay topics.

Group B authors should respond to Group A comments by 11:59 p.m.
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Blog post 4, Group A, 11:59 p.m.
8
Watch Edward Snowden interview video. Read excertpted Greenwald selection from No Place to Hide, "The Harm of Surveillance."
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Blog comments, Group B, 11:59 p.m.
10
Bring in-progress draft pecha-kucha talking points/scripts and slides.
13
Fall recess. No class.

Group A authors should respond to Group B comments by 11:59
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Blog post 4, Group B, 11:59 p.m.
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Darrell M. West, Big Data for Education"
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Blog comments, Group A, 11:59 p.m.
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Pecha-Kucha Presentations
Section A: Kristen Ingram, amrutha13, Spencer Wilson, WaiLam
Section J1: nyeshlur3, avery.zickar, abermudez6, kherbert7
Section G2: Bobby, Sharpe523, npnicholson, HeyItsJosh, dsconzo6
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Pecha-Kucha Presentations
Section A: meganabernathy, jessicastrain, abumawad, gpak8
Section J1: oliviataylor, shayanali, cnaser, arnold.adel
Section G2: Andrew Cameron, paulyavarow, CharlieG, hangkim1995, rzielinski6

Group B authors should respond to Group A comments by 11:59 p.m.
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Optional Reading: Rachel Aviv, "Wrong Answer"
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Rough Drafts of Longer Essay emailed to peer reviewers and instructor by Saturday, October 25, 11:59 p.m.



Pecha-Kucha Presentations

Section A: AJ, augustineho, ziyuliu18, ealana3, Taylor Vannatta
Section J1: "BigDaddy," wesbcrane, manny barragan
Section G2: cstewart61, jcowart30, andrewdai, lucasimo, ccalhoun6
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Pecha-Kucha Presentations
Section A: stravaglino3, vvellanki3, myoung95, cschembor3
Section J1: joeysmigla, rohan.kadambi, jpatel310, gdarosa3, Damian98103
Section G2: Jeff77789, chukwudera, alyssa52196, nrandall31, Skranenburg

Office Hours: 3-5 p.m.
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Feedback must be emailed to assigned peers by 11:59 p.m.


In class today, we'll discuss requirements for the final portfolio and begin to collect the documents that will go into it.


Pecha-kucha presentation:

Section A: Patrick
Section J1: tolbertje, jpatel310

Expanded Office Hours: 1-5 p.m.
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Pecha-Kucha Presentations
Section A: MattMunns, apatel410, hailey, sliu371
Section J1: willsmithpurcell, jackschlumper, sisigao, Casxia, Katie
Section G2: jwaters33, Preston Smith, JeremyCai, nishadhirenshah, mbarnes43

November

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Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
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Longer Essays posted to blog by 11:59 p.m.

In class, we'll organize groups for the group infographic assignment.

Office Hours: 3-5 p.m.
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Blog post 5, Group A, 11:59 p.m.
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Reading: Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel. "Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture."

Office Hours Change: 2-3:30 p.m.
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Blog comments, Group B, 11:59 p.m.
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Come to class having brainstormed some initial ideas for the group infographic project. Discussion of tools for infographic production.
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Research toward infographics.

Group A responds to Group B comments by 11:59 p.m.

Office Hours: 3-5 p.m.
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Blog post 5, Group B, 11:59 p.m.
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Reading: Franco Moretti, "Graphs, Maps, Trees"

Office Hours Change: 2-4 p.m.
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Blog comments, Group A, 11:59 p.m.
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Blog conversation wrap-up and reflection.
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Inter-group exchange and workshop of in-progress infographics. Work toward blog self-assessment.

Group B responds to Group A comments by 11:59 p.m.

Office Hours: 3-5 p.m.
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Blog self-assessment and reflection due by 11:59 p.m.
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Infographic/presentation work time.

Office Hours: 3-5 p.m.
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Infographics posted to blog by 11:59 p.m.
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Group presentations of infographics.
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Group presentations of infographics.

Office Hours: 3-5 p.m.
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Optional revisions of longer essays due by 11:59 p.m.

Class will be held as an online chat today. Reflections on infographic project.

Office Hours Canceled
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Happy Thanksgiving
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Thanskgiving Break. No class.

December

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
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Dead week. In class, we'll work on gathering artifacts for the final portfolio. We'll review portfolio requirements and begin drafting the portfolio self-reflection.
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Dead week. We'll continue working on the final portfolio.
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Dead week. We'll workshop the final portfolio reflection letter.
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Final portfolios due for section A at 10:50 a.m.

Final portfolios due for section G2 at 2:20 p.m.
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Final portfolios due for section J1 at 2:20 p.m.