ENGL 306R: Writing and Literacy in the Digital Age

In Spring 2019, Brenta Blevins will be offering two sections of a new class, “Writing and Literacy in the Digital Age.” This Writing Intensive class can count as an upper-level elective for either the Major in Communication and Digital Studies or the Minor in Digital Studies. Here’s Dr. Blevins’ description of the course:

Literacy, at its most basic, is the ability to read and to write. This class will explore how our understanding of literacy has changed in consideration of the new digital technologies and tools that have rapidly developed in recent history. Our central focus will be defining digital literacy and considering the implications of and issues raised by different definitions of digital literacy.

To address this central question of what digital literacy is, we’ll read about literacy and then explore different definitions of digital literacy and expressions of that literacy in the genre of the digital literacy narrative. We’ll look at historical literacy, current literacy, and predictions about future literacy. We’ll read scholarship and fictional explorations of literacy and digital literacy.

We’ll explore these topics by writing in traditional media and new digital media forms. By the end of the course, students will create their own digital literacy narratives and offer their own definitions of digital literacy, among other projects.

There are two sections of this course, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.