Syllabus: WRIT/INFO 303, Writing Across Media

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Course Description

This is a project-based course with students working in a studio environment. Students will create such things as audio podcasts, info graphics, short videos, interactive web objects, animated images, and visually designed pieces of writing. In this class, students work across media forms and with a variety of technologies, examining relationships between what we say and how we say it. The theme of our course is contemporary protest, so we’ll explore a wide array of protest movements, paying particularly close attention to how people protest in the digital age.

Advanced Composition Requirement

A detailed description of advanced composition requirements at the U of I can be found in these published 2002 guidelines: Because this is an Advanced Composition class, this course must (a) demand analysis and synthesis of the subject matter of the course ... or application of the principles under study; (b) require substantial original composition (typically totaling at least 20 to 30 pages over the course of a semester); and (c) involve multiple drafts throughout the course of the semester.


You do not have to buy books for this class. The resources we will read and examine are all available online and linked to through the course calendar.

Projects and Grades

1. Historical Protest Project: 40% of your final grade This project will involve original writing, images, video, and audio. Your job in this project is to 1) choose a protest movement from the past, 2) find visual, textual, and audio evidence of the movement, and 3) develop an argument about the movement, 4) create a critical multi-media project.

3. Contemporary Protest Project: 40% of your final grade This project will involve original writing, images, video, and audio. Your job in this project is to 1) choose a specific contemporary protest movement or type of protest, 2) find examples of this protest movement or type of protest, 3) develop an original argument about your material, 4) present to the class on your ideas, 5) create a critical multi-media project about the movement or type of protest.

4. Class Participation and Small Projects: 20% of the final grade

Students are responsible for active and respectful participation. By "active" I do not mean that you have to talk in every class session to get a good grade. Instead, you need to be present and attentive, engaged, prepared, and thoughtful in the classroom. In-class participation includes attendance, arriving on time, thoughtful comments in class that demonstrate your knowledge of the course readings, active and productive participation in group work, and completion of all informal/small assignments.

Course Policies


To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603 (V/TTY), or e-mail a message to


Respect for diversity of all kinds — race, ethnicity, age, sex and gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, political and ideological belief, and so on — is vital to creating a productive intellectual environment. Exploring these diversities and differences can be our most valuable resource as a class. Please respect the other members of the class at all times. Disagreement is welcomed; disrespect is not. If you feel you are being discriminated against and/or harassed in this class, please contact the instructor immediately.

late and missed work

Un-arranged and un-excused late work will decrease by one letter grade for each day it is late. For information on excused absences, see the student code:

technology in the classroom

Using a smart phone, iTouch, laptop, or similar technology for viewing readings or doing research during class is encouraged. Texting, emailing, FaceBooking, Instagraming, or using other messaging software during class will hurt your daily participation grade.

academic integrity

For a clear description of what constitutes plagiarism at the University of Illinois, see UIUC's student code:

Students found to have committed blatant academic infractions (such as plagiarism) in this class will fail the course and have a written notice of warning with documenting evidence sent to the college in which the student is enrolled and to the Senate Committee on Student Discipline.

writer's workshop visits

I encourage you to take advantage of the writer's workshop. If you visit the university's writer's workshop for help with work in this class, please let me know so I can factor that visit into my assessment of your work.

grades and incompletes

In calculating your grades, I use these university-specified grade values:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.67
B+ = 3.33
B = 3.0
B- = 2.67
C+ = 2.33
C = 2.0
C- = 1.67
D+ = 1.33
D = 1.0
D- = 0.67
F = 0.0

Only LAS Student Academic Affairs may grant an I (incomplete) grade in undergraduate courses. An I automatically becomes an F unless replaced by a passing grade by the middle of the next semester, if the student is re-enrolled. If the student does not re-enroll and the incomplete grade is not replaced, it becomes an F after one calendar year.