I hope our discussion about the practical aspects of online research helped you think about the steps you need to take and the tools you need to use to collect and analyze the data for your research projects. Because we have a shortened week next week, we’ll need to cover a lot of ground on Tuesday:
- Before you come to class, please read “Studying the Mediated Action of Composing with Time-Use Diaries,” by William Hart-Davidson [DWR 153–70], and “Multimedia Research,” by Janice McIntire-Strasburg [DWR 287–300]. Trevor will lead our discussion and Kenny will take notes.
- Your annotated bibliography (containing at least eight sources, with ~200 words per annotation) is due on Tuesday, April 10th, after we return from Easter break. A printed list of the sources you plan to annotate is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, April 3rd. Some of these sources may come from our readings this semester, but several should be specific to your topic. It’s OK if you add or replace a couple of sources after turning in this list (you will likely discover new sources as you read items for your bibliography), but please do your best to develop a finalized list before Tuesday.
- If you have any additional questions about the logistics of collecting your data, please be ready to ask them so we can resolve those issues before you leave for Easter break.
Last but not least, this is my broken-record reminder about the April 17th deadline for contributions to RhetorClick. After my friendly reminder last Friday, a grand total of one student in the class added content to the site this week, so consider this a slightly more stern warning: The wiki assignment counts for 15% of your semester grade. Neglecting this assignment will significantly reduce your final grade in the course. Please act now!