English 808: Technology & Literacy – Course Goals and Expectations

Dr. Gian Pagnucci

Course Goals

There are two primary goals for this Technology & Literacy course:

  • introduce you to theoretical ideas about how technology is causing literacy to evolve
  • help you expand your technological skills so that you can teach students the skills they will need to achieve literacy success in this Digital Age

Since at least some of the theories and the technologies are likely to be new to students in the course, we’ll take things in small steps, reading, writing, talking, making occasional mistakes, and learning as we go. By the end of the course, students should have a greater understanding of what it means to be literate in the Digital Age and also some good  ideas and skills for how to develop into a Digital English Teacher.

By the end of the Technology & Literacy course, students should also achieve these secondary goals:

  • improve their understanding of what literacy is and how it is impacted by technology
  • gain insight into effective approaches for using technology to teach literacy
  • enhance their basic technology skills
  • improve their ability to write scholarly material
  • improve their ability to do bibliographic research and annotation
  • develop a basic understanding of the field of Computers and Composition
  • strengthen their collaborative scholarly work skills

Course Expectations

This is a graduate seminar which will demand a high commitment from you as a student. If you want to do well in this course, I expect you to:

  • improve yourself as a teacher
  • grow as a scholar
  • work hard
  • speak regularly in class
  • read a lot
  • do all the work assigned
  • produce high quality work
  • attend class
  • try your best
  • work well with others
  • keep an open mind
  • be courteous
  • learn as much as you can
  • have some fun

Graduate students who meet the above expectations should do very well in this course.