November 18, 2015


Requirements for the Course

  • Attendance & Participation – 20%
  • Reading Response Blog Post – 20%
  • Wikistorming – 10%
  • Podcast – 20%
  • 1 Final Project – 30%



Detailed Assignment Information


Reading Responses

You are required to author 3 blog posts, or about 500 words, and to serve as moderator and respond to comments made to your blog posts. In addition you will respond to blog posts made by peers in the course. Your blog posts will originate on your personal site, and also be crossposted to the blog on the course site with a hyperlink to the original post on your site. This practice emphasizes your ownership of your content but will increase readership amongst class members. This is a common practice for online content producers (namely writers) whose work is also shared via more high-profile sites (e.g. a blogger whose post is featured on Slate or Huffington Post). Keep in mind that blogs are generally a more informal form of writing that is known as hypertext, which takes advantages of the affordances of networked digital media. That does not mean that they are unresearched, without citations, or poorly written. Though you can be more informal in tone and format, your posts must still be proofread with proper citations (links or use MLA format at the end of the post).

Requirements for blog posts:

Each blog post will be an approximately 500-word response to the week’s readings and viewings.

There are a number of ways to approach these open-ended posts: consider the reading in relation to its historical or theoretical context; write about an aspect of the day’s reading that you don’t understand, or something that jars you; formulate an insightful question or two about the reading and then attempt to answer your own questions; or respond to another student’s post, building upon it, disagreeing with it, or re-thinking it. In any case, strive for thoughtfulness and nuance. To ensure that everyone has a chance to read the blog before class, post your response by 8pm the day the post is due.

Recommended: The following are not mandatory, but can help support, strengthen, or break up your writing so that it is follows the conventions of online writing.

  • include a minimum of 1 external hyperlink (reference to article or media outside of class. This can be critical, help illuminate a topic, or add humor, remix, or and alternative views.)
  • include an image or GIF
  • embed a video
  • embed a custom map
  • include an infographic or chart


Wikistorming (a.k.a. Wikipedia editing)

The majority of the work for this activity will be done at our Course Wikipedia dashboard

You must first enroll for the course Here. You will need the enroll passcode: tjvxkcdr

There are 3 parts to this activity:

  1. Create your account and learn the basics
  2. Copyedit an article
  3. Add to an article

Podcast Assignment

Assignment Prompt



Final Project

Full Prompt

The bulk of your work in this course will be a self-organized project that you will propose and complete from start to finish. You may work individually or in groups. If you work in groups, your proposal must outline each persons’ contribution to the group project. The mandatory work for a complete project includes:

  1. Pitch + Project Proposal (500 words) 5% – This narrative outlines: the topic you wish to address, the project you propose, the type of work to be undertaken, tools you will be using, and the contribution that your project will be making to histories of digital labor (types of potential projects include: research paper, digital book, infographic + analysis, video essays, Timeline+ analytical paper)
  2. White Paper 10%
    1. This 1000 word document expands the work undertaken in the proposal with original research that includes
      1. Environmental scan (existing research) and projects that tackle this topic
      2. Your topic/argument/contribution to the field
  3. Final Project + presentation 15%
    1. In addition to the digital object you create, you will need a 250 word abstract to accompany your project in our course repository
    2. You will give a Pecha Kucha about your project on the final day of class.