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.

Researching together

Our course is organized around a series of two week “Make Cycle” routines. We’ll gather our own literacy data, do some analysis, read, write, and make artifacts together. Our tasks can be found under the Make Cycles menu above.

Syllabus

Syllabus

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
Fall 2021

MW 5:30-6:45 in person (With masks. Maybe we’ll get to end the semester without masks. Here’s hoping…)
Our Course Website: http://kimjaxon.com/engl332

Dr. Kim Jaxon
Office: ARTS 262
Office hours: Wednesdays 2:30-3:30, Thursdays 1:00-2:00, and by appointment. Feel free to email me with questions or if we need to meet we can find a time that works for you in person or via Zoom.
Email: kjaxon@csuchico.edu  (best way to reach me)
Email for sharing Google Docs: kjaxon@mail.csuchico.edu
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-KHTFF. 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

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 end with some reflections.

  • Discovering: Data collection & Notes 60 (6@10 points each)
  • Reading: Annotations 70 (7@10 points each)
  • Making: creating artifacts 45 (3@15 points each)
  • Article Groups: 30
  • 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 fall 2021 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…


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 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: www.csuchico.edu/title-ix

DACA

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


Vaccine & Mask Reminder from Chico State:  The CSU (all CSU campuses, including Chico State) requires students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30, 2021, unless you have an approved exemption.  Currently, Chico State is requiring everyone on campus to wear an approved face covering in all indoor campus spaces. Accordingly, all students are required to wear an appropriate face mask covering the nose and mouth in order to participate in this course. Policies and requirements regarding COVID-19 are subject to change pursuant to campus, local, state and/or federal guidelines.  

Please note that dishonesty relating to the vaccination policy and/or your failure to comply with any other COVID-19 related safety policy or mandate, including the face covering requirement, may result in disciplinary action against you through the office of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities, which can include suspension or expulsion from the California State University system.

Individuals unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition should contact the Accessibility Resource Center by phone at (530) 898-5959 or by email at arcdept@csuchico.edu