Writing for Digital Media, Summer 2020/Requirements

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crn 50055 nmac 5108.01 online Summer 2020
Requirement %
Project: Wikipedia 50%
Daily Work 50%

This section of NMAC 3108 is composed of a project and daily work, listed in the chart on the right. For easy access, they correspond with tabs at the top of the syllabus, “Project” and “Daily Work” respectively. Each requirement will be on-going throughout the semester, will require regular contributions, and be comprised of various assignments. Each assignment must be submitted in order to pass the course.


Projects you complete online should be able to stand alone; that is, assignments should not reference the class, but target a particular professional audience. Remember, these are public documents, not just assignments; your audience, if you’re considering yourself as part of an expert community, is not necessarily your classmates and professor.

Please read each project at the beginning of the semester, so you have an understanding of what will be expected of you during the semester. Some assignments will take longer to complete than others. Work a bit and practice every day — do not procrastinate.[1]

Wiki Project

This project has you writing a new Wikipedia article from scratch or making significant contributions to one or more articles—work equivalent to a research paper. Read More »

Online Participation / Daily Work

Since there is no (or limited) face-to-face class time, regular and active participation in online platforms is required. Your daily work online represents your attendance, e.g.: discussions, (b)log posts, training, exercises, short writing responses, reading quizzes, peer editing, and similar activities. Your participation in group activities and your online engagement will be weighed heavily in evaluation: participation, effort, and attitude count significantly; online learning requires active participation and enthusiasm (see Student Behavior). Read More »


Required Texts

  • Carroll, Brian (2017). Writing and Editing for Digital Media (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138636033.

Recommended Texts

Your course book(s) and readings are an important part of the class and should be purchased immediately. Lessons are built from specific readings and assignments will often depend on the textbook. If available, you may use an ebook, but be warned that page numbers referred to in lessons may not be the same in an electronic text. Book rentals are also acceptable, if necessary.

Even though this is an online course, I recommend old-fashioned, analog note taking. In other words: use an ink interface of some sort, as well as dead trees to take notes. Notes should not only reflect essential aspects of the readings, but individual interest in every topic researched for class.


  1. Seriously, procrastination is likely the cause of 95% of failures in this course. You must work consistently and carefully each week to be successful.
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