Syllabus - English 2010: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode, Utah State University
At USU, the English Department allows graduate instructors to design their own curriculum with certain guidelines concerning mandated learning outcomes. With that autonomy, I created a syllabus as my final project for Dr. Keith Grant-Davie’s Theory and Practice of Online Education course.
There are two main components to the course: 1) an online group magazine focusing on elements of social change, and 2) the rhetorical analysis of online content and the deciphering of the logical fallacies in the posted comments about the content.
I used face-to-face and online learning environment theory to emphasize the transferable skills rhetoric and composition have to each of my students, such as critical thinking, synthesizing research, oral and written communication, and collaboration.
Assignment Description – Audience Analysis
As part of my research for Lezlie Park’s teaching practicum for graduate instructors at USU, I explored the idea of audience awareness in composition. From my readings, discussions, and class observations, I noticed that teachers often gave lip service to the concept of audience awareness, but frequently ignored it during the evaluation and grading process.
I found that I graded for audience awareness by entering the role of the audience even if I didn’t know very much about their audience. In order for me to avoid that dilemma, I created this assignment description, which serves two purposes: 1) it helps students to think critically about their audience, and 2) it helps meas the evaluator understand any assumed knowledge the writer and the audience share.