Writing for Digital Media, Summer 2020/Schedule/1

From Gerald R. Lucas
crn 50055 nmac 5108.01 online Summer 2020

Before beginning your work each week, read through the whole lesson so you know what to expect and understand what’s expected. Each tab corresponds to a week of study. All assignments are contained therein. Any questions should be posted to the class forum, and be sure to read my weekly feedback.

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05/28–06/03: Introduction to Digital Writing and Wikipedia

Welcome to our first week’s study in Writing for Digital Media. This week, we will set up our needed accounts and begin with some basics of writing and editing for the screen. Each week’s assignments will have a similar set-up. Work your way through each point below. As you read, take notes, as you will want to apply your reading to your assignments—especially your writing. Keep track of any questions you have, as you’ll have the opportunity to ask them this week.


Your understanding of weekly readings should be apparent by your writing. In other words: be sure to use what you learn in your reading each week in what you write.

  • Writing Today” discusses the differences between traditional academic writing and writing for digital media.
  • Carroll, chapters 1 (“Writing for Digital Media”) and 2 (“WDM Strategies”) — pay close attention to these foundational chapters. All writing for digital media begins with strong writing and an understanding of audience.
  • Writing Top Ten” offers ten strategies to keep in mind when writing for digital media.
  • Editing Wikipedia” (pp. 1–5) will introduce you to editing Wikipedia.
  • Writing on a Wiki” gives an overview of Wikipedia editing. You might go through the links at the end of the article.


Be sure you do these assignments during the first week of the course — the sooner, the better. Failure to do so will result in your being submitted as a “no-show” and dropped from the course.


  • For your first forum post, introduce yourself. You might talk about why you’re taking this class, what you hope to get out of it, and the most interesting thing about yourself.
    • Comment on someone else’s introduction using the proper conventions of the forum.[4]
  • For your second forum post (click the  + New Topic  button), discuss any aspect of what you have learned so far. Try to stay positive in this and all of your other writing this semester. You’ll likely be a bit overwhelmed at first, but just take a deep breath and reflect on the possibilities, challenges, and potential outcomes of the course. What have you learned so far that you didn’t know before?
    • Comment on someone else’s post.
  • Optional: post any questions you have about the course so far. If are are confused about anything, be sure to speak out. This will be the best place to get help; please consider posting all questions to our class forum WritDM instead of emailing so everyone can benefit by the answer.


  1. You might also have a read through of Setting up your account and personal workspace.
  2. Again, verify your account and take a few minutes to go through the tutorial.
  3. You must use this link as it contains a password.
  4. Hint: You’ll learn most of these in the tutorial, but they should be familiar to you if you use other social media.
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