Reading together

Perusall logoWe’ll use Perusall to annotate and read together. Link here to Perusall.

Instructions for joining on the Week 1: Getting Situated page.

Writing together

We will our work in Currents to share and respond to ideas. Link Here (log in to Wildcat Mail first)

Instructions for joining on the Week 1: Getting Situated page.



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1952603English 332: Introduction to Literacy Studies
Spring 2021

MW 4:00-5:15 via Zoom (I’ll send Zoom link to your Wildcat Mail)
Our Course Website:

Dr. Kim Jaxon
Office: like everyone right now…in my home.
Office hours: I check email all the time, so feel free to email. If we can’t resolve something over email, then we can find a time that works for you to chat via Zoom.
Email:  (best way to reach me)
Email for sharing Google Docs:
Twitter: @drjaxon

Course Description

Welcome to English 332! This course introduces you to the interdisciplinary field of literacy studies. We’ll explore historical and current discussions that play out in our culture around the uses of literacy. We’ll especially focus on digital literacy and consider how technology has rapidly changed the ways that literacy is used and understood. As a preview, check out this baby shark video below. We could then ask: If this is the future of literacy–interaction with devices through verbal or visual forms–what are the implications for future literacies? Are we returning to an oral, storytelling, culture? How do material forms, like screens, change our literacies and what we’re expected to do with them? What’s up with hashtags, emojis, and GIFs? What uses do we have for various forms of literacy?

Our guiding question this semester: What counts as literacy and whose literacies count?

Materials & Access

  • Readings are available as links in a platform called Perusall; this will allow us to share annotations. Nothing to buy. ;-)
  • Y’all will need to be on the internet. Reach out if I can help in any way to connect you to campus’ resources for devices and wifi access. Happy to help.
  • We’ll use two platforms for our work together:
    • Currents Communities: Currents is the place where we’ll share our research and write. You’ll need to log in with your Chico State credentials since Currents is not available for single gmail accounts. Check out Week 1 page (under Make Cycles above) for information about how to join.
    • Persusall:  Perusall allows us to read together and create shared annotations. Once you create an account on the site, you’ll join our class’ readings with our course code: JAXON-VE872. Again, information on the Week 1 page.
    • A note about Data ethics: I take the privacy and security of student data seriously. Here is a helpful link to information about Google’s privacy policies. You can find links to manage your activity and stay informed about the way Google uses your information. The Currents Community is private within the Chico State domain and is not accessible to people outside our Chico State community. Link to Perusall’s privacy statement here. I do not track user information on my WordPress site and you will not need to log in to use.

Course Grades

Our course is organized by two week “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. We’ll spend two weeks in each make cycle focused on an aspect of literacy studies. Each of these make cycles follow routines for our work together: discovering, reading, writing, and making. After we explore ideas, you’ll take up your own research project, an ethnography of a group or aspect of literacy. We’ll design a literacy game for English majors. We’ll end with some reflections.

  • Discovering: Data collection & Notes 60 (6@10 points each)
  • Reading: Annotations 70 (7@10 points each)
  • Making: creating artifacts 75 (5@15 points each)
  • Researching: (your research project: memos, draft, peer feedback) 75
  • Reflecting: 20

Total: 300 (Grade: 95-100%=A, 90-94%=A-, 85-89%=B+, 80-84%=B, etc)

Participation (please read)

I am not a fan of attendance policies. They are uninviting and too much like school for me. Over 20+ years of teaching, I’ve tried out every possible configuration, including no policy at all. Here’s my hope for this strange spring 2021 semester: we will work alongside each other on MW from 4:00-5:15. We will not spend that whole time on Zoom, but instead, we’ll create some combination of on camera conversations and time to read/write/course design/collaborate. We will weave in and out of reading and writing and talking; we’ll get a lot of the work of the course done together. This way of working is how I work with colleagues all over the world: we meet often for virtual writing retreats where we check in, go off to write, come back for feedback. We get a lot done and we feel connected. Given all this explanation, I’d like to recommend that you can miss three sessions to work asynchronously (on your own). No questions asked. Just let me know you plan to work on your own that day or week. (We might decide as a class to complete one or two of our weeks asynchronously too.) Any more than three sessions and I fear you’ll feel out of the loop and our community. Our job as a class: create an environment where you want to be here and missing is simply due to some life going on…

Campus Support & Resources

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live is urged to contact the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry. Furthermore, please notify me if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable me to provide any resources that I may possess. You can find many, many campus resources HERE too. Please reach out: I am here to help.

Americans with Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Please also contact Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) as they are the designated department responsible for approving and coordinating reasonable accommodations and services for students with disabilities. ARC will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide you further assistance with requesting and arranging accommodations.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

As a Chico State professor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment for Chico State students.  It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your written work, and in our one-on-one meetings. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible.  However, I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct with the University.

Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting the Counseling and Wellness Center (898-6345) or Safe Place (898-3030).  Information about campus reporting obligations and other Title IX related resources are available here:


Information and support for Dreamers and allies (created by Dr. Hannah Burdette in ILLC)