Class logistics

The class combines lectures, in class discussions, reflexive and critical thinking, workshop sessions, and digital creative assignments. Students are expected to do all the assigned readings, and watch the videos indicated, be present for the hands-on workshops, and study other recommended materials. Coming to class, participating actively, and engaging in the activities is key for the success of the class.

Materials

Most readings are available online and linked through the course website. Others will be accessible from a shared dropbox folder.

Apps are available on the App Store.

For the creative projects, you will need to install a text editor (Sublime Text is a good option) and Twine on your computer

Evaluation and Rubric

  • Participation 10%
  • Creative projects (2) 50%
  • Blog posts (2) 20%
  • Blogpost response (1) 10%
  • Oral responses (2) 10%

Participation

Engaging in stimulating and respectful conversations and debates is the best way to profit from out time together in the classroom. This is why active participation during class is so important. It will allow us to go deeper in our readings, to share and try out our ideas, to clarify difficult points, and bring new matters for discussion.

Assignments

Blog posts written assignments:

An approach to electronic literature (1000 words) due on week 5 and week 11. In these assignments, you will choose from among the creative works studied in class and offer a critical and reflexive reading of them based on the theoretical readings. Critical viewpoints may be about the works’ meaning making systems (how they work), the way we read them, their text, or their historical dimension.

Blog post response:

You will choose one of your classmates’ blogposts and respond to it (300 words) due on week 6. In the response, you must engage in productive feedback and fruitful debates. Understanding your classmate’s point of view, identifying appropriate questions, and room for improvement are key.

Creative project 1:

Your first creative assignment will draw from our two workshop sessions on Twitter Bots, and Computer-generated poems. Choose one of the exercises and finish it or expand it. The assignment should be accompanied by a written reflexive statement that draws from the critical and theoretical readings (500 words). Week 9

Creative project 2:

Your second creative assignment will draw from our two last workshop sessions Twine and memes. Choose one of the exercises and finish it or expand it. The assignment should be accompanied by a written reflexive statement that draws from the critical and theoretical readings (500 words). Week 13

Project responses:

You will choose one or two of your classmate’s creative projects and write a thoughtful response to it. Feedback and critiques must be aimed at enhancing the potential of the projects. You can use any of the theoretical or critical viewpoints seen in class (500 words). Week 10 and 14.

Presentation of all written assignments is important too: all quotations from the readings must be properly cited according to the MLA (Modern Languages Association) style guide, there should be a works cited list if appropriate. Information about citation and bibliographies is available through the library. http://library.northeastern.edu/get-help/citations-bibliographies.

Other Rules

Communications:

The best way to get in touch with me is via email e.ortegaguzman@northeastern.edu. I will do my best to reply within 24hrs and always during business hours (9am-5pm). If you have a question don’t wait until the last minute to ask! Also take advantage of the office hours indicated above.

Similarly, communications about the course from me will come to your university provided email. Please check your email, at least, once a day to make sure you are up to date with the class.

Attendance:

Students are permitted two unjustified absences per semester, unless receiving formal dispensation from the professor for emergency leave, medical or religious reasons. Please follow We Care procedures for longer or more absences http://www.northeastern.edu/wecare/

Late assignments:

Handing in assignments late will lower the grade on the assignment by 10% per day for up to three days. In case of athletic or other acceptable scheduling conflict you must make arrangements with the professor ahead of time.

Title IX:
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from sex or gender-based discrimination, including discrimination based on gender-identity, in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Northeastern’s Title IX Policy prohibits Prohibited Offenses, which are defined as sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship or domestic violence, and stalking. The Title IX Policy applies to the entire community, including male, female, transgender students, and faculty and staff. Alleged violations will be reported non-confidentially to the Title IX Coordinator within The Office for Gender Equity and Compliance at: titleix@northeastern.edu and/or through NUPD. Faculty members are considered “responsible employees” at Northeastern University, meaning they are required to report all allegations of sex or gender-based discrimination to the Title IX Coordinator. Please visit http://www.northeastern.edu/titleix for a complete list of reporting options and resources both on- and off-campus.

Students with Disabilities:

Students should notify the professor within the first three class periods of their need for accommodations. Such requests should be accompanied by the appropriate paperwork from the Disability Resource Center.

Academic Integrity:

For all assignments, you are expected to properly cite or reference the source of ideas or information you use that are not your own. This includes material (written as well as still and moving images) taken from printed sources and web sites. Failure to do so may be considered plagiarism and may result in disciplinary action. If you use the words of another person, those words must be enclosed in quotation marks and a proper reference to the source must be made. Failure to do this is plagiarism. Whenever you are using someone else’s ideas (but not their precise words), you should indicate this through a footnote or other appropriate reference.