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Will Burdette

Brief Assignment Overview: 

Do the assignment

Additional Pedagogical Goals: 

To get students to think about delivery and rhetorical analysis.

Required Materials: 

Audio content


computers or MP3 players

Timeline for Optimal Use: 
Full Assignment Description: 

Close listening assignment 

Suggestions for Instructor Preparation: 

find audio content. use librivox. find a particularly bad delivery and make them struggle through it and then ask how it changes their perception

Instructions For Students: 

Listen to this 

Think about this

Write this

Evaluation Suggestions: 

Use as part of a porfolio or learning record

Course Description: 

New media, new genres, and new methods of evaluation are emerging as digital technologies change the way we write. How do we know what writing is when our writing spaces are constantly shifting? I suggest that we keep our ear to the ground. In Noise Jacques Attali writes “music is prophetic and … social organization echoes it.” Music often moves faster than writing instruction. Because audio recording technologies are woven into our culture we can understand certain aspects of social organization by learning more about them. In this class, students will read about the intersection of digital culture and audio recording. Students will create podcasts (audio and/or video) based on a social issue of their choosing. They will write supporting materials (web pages, logos, posters) explaining and promoting the podcasts.

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