Course Info

Course:                      English 3120 / Section 005 / Mon. & Wed. 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. / CLSO 303

Instructor:                 Dr. Ashley J. Holmes / GCB 915 / aholmes@gsu.edu / 404-413-5831

Websites:                 https://3120fall2013.wordpress.com (schedule, blogs, announcements)

                                    http://d2l.gsu.edu (additional readings, grades)

Office Hours:            Mon. & Wed. 1:30 – 2:30 & by appointment

Availability:              I am available in my office (GCB 915), by phone, or email during office hours.         Otherwise, you can reach me via email.

Course Description & Objectives

This course involves the study and practice of writing and publishing in electronic contexts through the use of new media, web 2.0, and mobile technologies. Students will learn foundational concepts of new media theory and will explore critical questions about the ways in which technologies impact how we write, publish, and interact with others. Course assignments prompt students to analyze the rhetorical complexities of digital writing and publishing and to apply their knowledge of new media theory to specific contexts. The course readings, discussions, experiences, and assignments will provide students with the tools to do the following:

  • Analyze social, political, cultural, and historical aspects of electronic writing and publishing.
  • Develop a rhetorical sense of audience, purpose, context, and genre for a range of electronic writing and publishing situations.
  • Develop skills to write and publish using a range of technologies, such as wikis, blogs, social networking sites, and websites.
  • Apply principles of style and design within electronic writing contexts.
  • Work individually and collaboratively to conduct research and to compose multimedia projects.
  • Actively engage one’s role as academic citizen within local and/or global public spheres.


This is not a “how-to” class for building a website or learning a particular software program, and this is not a computer science or computer technology class. One of the challenges of this course is that though we will not study the technical skills of web development, many of these skills will be necessary to successfully complete course assignments. You do not need to have any previous experience or technical skills in electronic writing and publishing. However, you may not be happy in this course if you do not have basic computer knowledge and if you are not willing to spend some of your time online and take the initiative to experiment with and learn programs that are new to you.


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