DTC 356 – Spring 2012 Electronic Research and the Rhetoric of Information


Class: January 30, 2012 Search Lab: Metal!

Today's class outline

  • Blog update: Akismet key 632920c8f731
  • Attaching a PDF file to a blog post OrganizationEssay
  • create pdf
  • upload to media folder
  • link to post
  • Discussion of planned failure as a pedagogy
  • Search Lab: Metal!

    • Start a new blog post with the title Search Lab: Metal!
    • Search one of the following tools:
    • amazon mp3 downloads
    • amazon cd store
    • wikipedia
    • itunes
    • a search engine
  • Document your search efforts, including search terms, what you were searching for (album, band, track) and record this in your blog entry.
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    Class: January 25 2012

    Blog Posts

    • Some students have reported anxiety with the blog / reading response assignments. To help soothe this anxiety, I'll try to give you all a better sense of what I look for in a reading response.

    What is a good job?

    • Reading responses should be complete (450 words) and on time. I don't like to be a word accountant, but if blog entries are consistently short or lacking content, I'll remind you of the length assignment. If most of your posts are less than 450 words, you should certainly change this and write more.
    • Responses should contain a reasonable effort to think about the concepts raised in the reading. Summaries are fine. If you can't think of anything else to write, summarize Weinberger's train of thought. However, just summarizing is boring after a while. Try and push yourself by connecting the thoughts in this week's reading to previous weeks readings or other life experiences. Including what *you* think as well as what the author thinks is the point of having you write these reflections.
    • Blog posts should be interesting to both you and me. If you are bored by what you are writing, chances are I will be bored reading it. You are all intelligent and creative students. The more of your intelligence and creativity you put into your reading reflections, the better off you will be.
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    Class: January 23 2012

    Discussion of Chapters 2 & 3

    20 Questions:

    • Were the guessers and the chooser working together or against each other?
    • What are some strategies guessers can use to make the procedure more productive?
    • Can you apply these strategies to your search process when querying Google?
    • Can you apply these strategies when organizing materials to be easy for others to find?
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    Class: January 18 2012

    Organization Essay


    Org Essay Instructions


    A work: Follows instructions perfectly. Also includes quality reflections on the significance of the organization and connections to larger conversations in class and the readings.

    B work:  Follows instructions well, includes all assigned aspects. Also includes an attempt at reflecting on significance or connections between the essay and the readings/class.

    C work: Follows instructions roughly or neglects significant parts of the assignment. Simply jumps through hoops without reflecting or making connections between their work and larger issues.

    Examples from Chapters 1 & 2

    • Ulysses in three catalogs
      • We looked at visual examples at the amount of information that physical and digital labels allow us to encode on items. We started with a library card catalog that only has space for three subjects to by typed on it. Then we looked at an early computerized library catalog that allowed up the 12 subjects to be applied to a book. Finally, we looked at an online catalog that allows all users to tag as many descriptors as they choose to a book.
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    Search Lab One

    Go to library.vancouver.wsu.edu and click on the Griffin link.

    • Search for our course text "Everything is Miscellaneous."
    • Record your search experience in your blog under a post "Search Lab #1"
    • Next, search for a book about information organization or information architecture
    • Record this search experience as well. You'll want to make note of both what you find and how you found it.
    • Go to amazon.com and repeat these two searches. Also make note of what you found, how you found it, and how easy or difficult this process was.
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    1st Steps with WordPress

    After you have completed the previous assignment and emailed me the information, I will set up a WordPress blog for you. WordPress is a fairly simple blogging platform, but if you are new to it, all of the options can seem a little daunting. That is O.K.

    To help you get your bearings with WordPress, I suggest you choose one of the following three approaches.


    First Day of Class (Important)

    Welcome to DTC 356. I'm glad you have chosen to enroll. Much of the work we will do in this course will be done though the DTC WordPress server. This blog will be where you get the information you need to complete your assignments. In addition, you will each maintain an individual blog where you will reflect on the assigned readings and turn in your essays and projects. In order to get these blogs set up, I am going to need a little bit of information from each of you. So, here in class (or absolutely as soon as possible if you were not able to attend the first class session.) please send an email to schiller@vancouver.wsu.edu with ALL of the following information.

    Send email to: schiller@vancouver.wsu.edu

    Subject: DTC356 Blog Setup

    Information in the email body:

    <Your Name>

    <your preferred email address>

    <the name you want your blog to have>
    Your blog's URL will be http://dtc-wsuv.org/wp/***********

    Once I have received this email, I will set up your blog ASAP. You will receive an email from the blog server to the address you specify. If you do not see this email, please check your spam filter and once you've verified that the message isn't there, send an additional email to me and I will look into the matter.



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