Instructor: Basnet TR 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM

How has the digital turn transformed our composing habits? Taking these categories of contemporary culture as our guiding modules – viz., data, meme, blog – in this course, we will learn several techniques in data collection, analysis, and visualization to write about a cultural issue for our academic community. We will begin the course by learning to perform mixed-methods research using quantitative as well as qualitative data. Next, we will learn the techniques in audio/video production and editing to compose a multimedia report. Lastly, we will create a blog to display our findings. The goal of this course is not to turn you into “content creators,” but to guide you through a series of practices in digital composing that you might use in your own projects. The premise is that we often need to use multiple computational techniques to perform and share data-driven scholarship. To this end, we will also spend some time contemplating on the nature of these digital media and the profound ways they can shape our cultural perception.