New Media, Spring 2020/Requirements

From Gerald R. Lucas
CRN 25041 nmac 4460.01 tr 9:30–10:45 p-online coas-120 Spring 2020
Requirement %
Wikipedia Contribution (P1) 40%
Teaching (P2) 30%
Participation / Daily Work 20%
Final Exam 10%

This course is composed of four requirements, two projects (P1 & P2), a final exam, and daily work listed in the chart on the right. Except for the final, each requirement will be on-going throughout the semester, will require regular contributions, and may be comprised of various assignments. Each of the major projects (P1 & P2) must be attempted and submitted in order to pass the course.

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Wikipedia Contribution (P1)

This project has you writing a new Wikipedia article from scratch or making significant contributions an existing one—work equivalent to a 10-page research paper. These contributions will correspond to the books we’re reading for class and to those we’ll be teaching.

Teaching the Text (P2)

This project will have you team-teaching the text you will be researching and writing about on Wikipedia. A sign-up sheet will be passed around during the first week of class.

Participation / Daily Work

Regular class attendance and active participation in the classroom are required. Your daily work represents your participation, like: online discussions, training, exercises, library tasks, short writing responses, reading quizzes, peer editing, the viewing of a film, and similar activities. Your participation in group activities and your preparation for class will be weighed heavily in evaluation: participation, effort, and attitude count significantly. You should not sit in class like you’re watching TV: learning requires active participation and enthusiasm (see Student Behavior).

Final Exam

Pro Tip
Share a Google Doc with every member of the class. Use it to collaborate on class notes each day we meet. Consider it a master study document.

Students’ knowledge of the course texts and lecture materials will be tested with a final exam. This exam will test your knowledge of the subject matter (texts, lecture material, and vocabulary), your ability to synthesize this material, and your creativity in going beyond the discussion and lecture materials. The exam will include vocabulary, identification, and interpretation. All exam grades will be based upon objective knowledge of the material, thoroughness, depth of insight, precision, and originality.[1]

Required Materials

This course has three required texts (purchase using the Amazon affiliate[2] links below or through another bookstore) and several PDFs that will be available in a Google Drive.

  • Jenkins, Henry (2008). Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: NYU Press.
  • Murray, Janet H. (1997). Hamlet on the Holodeck: the Future of Narrative in Cyberspace. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Negroponte, Nicholas (1996). Being Digital. New York: Vintage.

Your course book(s) or readings should always accompany you to class, as we will make heavy use of them in our daily discussions. Please do not come to class without it: we need the texts for class activities, in-class writing, and all aspects of our study. PDFs must be printed if they are used in class—this includes exams. Failure to do so will earn you an absence (see Attendance).

You should also bring an ink interface of some sort, as well as dead trees on which to take notes. Notes should not only reflect good listening skills, but individual interest in every topic discussed in class.


  1. See the various resources available on this web site to help. They should assist in exam prep and provide guidance for your study throughout the semester.
  2. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases; links to Amazon contain my associate ID. All revenue earned goes to support the costs associated with maintaining this web site.
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