SWC 200 - New Media Writing
Section: 008 Rewriting the World with Google Maps
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Credits:
1
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Schmidt,Christopher C

Google Maps is one of the most pervasive, robust, and quietly revolutionary of online applications, providing a bird's eye perspective on our planet with an unprecedented degree of detail and flexibility. But what are the implications of this powerful and adaptable technology? How do new media forms like Google Maps and GPS (Global Positioning System) allow us to describe the world with greater accuracy?

This seven week mini-course aims to familiarize students with these forms of new media writing while asking them to question critically how online environments alter our perceptions of "real world" space. The class will first review the rhetorical choices of existing websites, virtual reality environments, and site-specific artworks. We will examine how text, image, and audio interact to engage the viewer and to create a sense of place.

Each student will then develop an online project on a subject of personal interest or academic relevance; the only requirement is that the student's project must in some way address geography or physical location. Possibilities include a guide to Ann Arbor's sushi restaurants, a neighborhood-based ethnographic study, a map displaying where each of van Gogh's canvases was painted, or a blog designed to document a semester abroad. Each student will evaluate and choose the online platform best suited to the purposes of the project, whether it be a wiki, a blog, or a simple website self-authored in Dreamweaver. Students will then integrate Google Maps modules into their web pages and customize these maps with photography, audio, video, and text.

Through class tutorials and workshops, as well as reading and writing assignments outside of class, students will consider how interactive mapping and other new media can most effectively organize and convey their place-based research and writing.

This mini course goes from 9/8/2009-10/27/2009.

SWC 200 - New Media Writing
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
44525
Open
3
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
44526
Open
8
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
P
44527
Open
1
 
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W 10:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
44528
Open
2
 
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W 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: This class meets in 1062 Alice Lloyd Hall.
005 (SEM)
P
44529
Open
11
 
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W 9:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (SEM)
P
44530
Closed
0
 
2
W 9:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (SEM)
P
44532
Open
13
 
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F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
009 (SEM)
P
48175
Closed
0
 
1
F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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