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.


Link to calendar here

Time photoOur course is organized around a series of routines:  gathering and analyzing data, reading, writing, and making artifacts together.



We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, and we recognize the Mechoopda and their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that once sustained the Mechoopda people for centuries.


1952603English 332: Introduction to Literacy Studies
Spring 2022

MW 2:30-3:45 in person in ARTS 105 (With masks. Maybe we’ll get to end the semester without masks. Here’s hoping…)
Our Course Website:

Dr. Kim Jaxon
Office: ARTS 262
Office hours: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00; Thursdays 1:00-2:00 and 4:00-5:00; by appointment. *All office hours via Zoom at the beginning of the semester: email me for link.
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. ;-)
  • We’ll use two platforms for our work together:
    • 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-B98NQ. More information on the Week 1 page.
    • My website. You are here now. ;-)
      • 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. 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

  • Discovering: Data collection & Notes 30 (3@10 points each)
  • Reading: Annotations 70 (7@10 points each)
  • Writing/Making: papers and/or artifacts 45 (3@15 points each)
  • Presenting: Article Groups 30
  • Researching: (your research project: memos, draft, peer feedback) 75
  • Reflecting: 25

Total: 275 (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 semester: I’d like to recommend that you can miss four classes. No questions asked. Just let me know you plan to work on your own that day. Any more than 2 weeks of class 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… And, of course, if you are ill, please don’t come to class. We’ll figure it out.

Campus Support & Resources

Meeting Basic Needs

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 Wildcat Basic Needs Program. Furthermore, please notify me if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable me to provide any resources that I may possess. 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)

COVID Information for Spring 2022 from Chico State:

COVID-19 Boosters Are Required: Last month, the CSU announced that COVID-19 booster shots will be required for anyone accessing campus facilities, unless they have an approved exemption.

You are eligible for a booster five months after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two months after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If the timing of your original vaccination leaves you ineligible for a booster by the CSU’s February 28 deadline, you will be required to submit confirmation that you have received a booster within 14 days of becoming eligible.

To help our campus get boosted, the University will host on-campus booster clinics on February 1 and 2 in the BMU Auditorium. If you have not already received a booster, we strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Testing is Strongly Encouraged before the Beginning of the Semester: PCR tests are available at commercial pharmacies (Walgreens, CVS, etc.) and at our testing site on campus in Whitney Hall, Room 101. Appointments are required.

Masks are Required: Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering while indoors in campus facilities.

What You Should Do if You are Symptomatic or Test Positive for COVID-19

  1. If you are symptomatic or test positive, stay at home; do not come to campus.
  2. Call the COVID-19 hotline (530-898-2222) and follow its guidance.