Course Title: Writing New Media (a.k.a. Writing Across Media)
Course Code: 50:989:312
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:35-10:55
Location: Digital Commons, Room 102
Professor: Dr. James Brown
Office Location: Digital Commons, Room 104
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00-12:30 (or by appointment)

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this class, students will be able to:

  • Effectively explore and experiment with media technologies
  • Understand the constraints and affordances of media technologies
  • Compose with various media technologies in medium-appropriate ways
  • Articulate an approach to writing and design processes
  • Reflect on learning processes and strategies

Required Texts

Readings for this class will be distributed as paper copies in class.

Course Work

Our work in this class will involve in-class workshops and exercises, writing assignments that involve reflecting on those activities, and a final project and presentation during which you will expand upon something you learned during those workshops and exercises. We will also have readings and weekly writing activities. All of this work will be evaluated using the Learning Record (LR), which is detailed on the course website.

Most work in this class happens in the classroom, during class meetings. That work cannot be made up, so missing class will be a major detriment. In addition, this class will not make much use of Canvas, except as a tool for communication (I will send you messages via Canvas, but that's about it.) If you are looking for a class that provides you with a checklist of tasks that you can complete outside of class or if you plan to miss many class sessions, this is likely not the right class for you.


Grades in this class will be determined by the Learning Record (LR). The LR will require you to observe your own learning and construct an argument for your grade based on evidence that you accumulate throughout the semester. You will record weekly observations, you will document your work during in-class activities (by taking notes and/or taking pictures of things you are making), and you will synthesize draw upon your recorded observations and your work samples to build an argument for your grade. You will construct this argument twice - once at the midterm and once at the end of the course. We will be discussing the LR at length during the first weeks of class.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is required and is crucial for success in this class. Most of our work happens in class with workshops and exercises, and most of this kind of work can't be made up. We have workshops that are focused on specific tools, and we will also have open workshop days where you'll be able to work on your final presentations and projects. These open workshop days are mandatory.

When you complete your midterm and final portfolio, your attendance record will be part of the evidence you draw upon to make an argument for your grade. If you don't attend class regularly, you will not be able to argue for a high grade in this class (see grade criteria in the Learning Record section of the syllabus).

Content Warnings

If we will be reading and discussing material that addresses sensitive topics, I will do my best to let you know in advance. If there are certain specific topics you would like me to provide warnings about, please let me know. I will do my best to flag content based on your requests.

Cell Phone Policy

Phones must be put away during class. If you are on your phone during class, I will ask you to leave.

University policies and resources

Academic Integrity
My assumption is that any work you turn in for this course has been completed by you. If you ever have questions about proper attribution or citation, please don't hesitate to ask.

Code of Conduct
Rutgers University-Camden seeks a community that is free from violence, threats, and intimidation; that is respectful of the rights, opportunities, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University; and that does not threaten the physical or mental health or safety of members of the University community and includes classroom space. As a student at the University, you are expected adhere to Student Code of Conduct:

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