Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 AM

Professor: Morgan Gross
Introduction to Digital Literacies will teach you ways of reading, analyzing, researching, and composing in emerging media. This section includes an exploration of important terms and moments in the history of literacy to offer context to our understanding of the “digital age” in which we now live. We will look at multiple perspectives on how new ways of reading and writing affect how we think and make meaning of/in the world. Much of the course will focus on developing students’ critical digital literacy, as we examine topics such as racism and sexism in the digital sphere, online identity formation, the effects of new technologies on human relationships, general disillusion with the idea of “internet freedom,” slack/hack/activism, internet surveillance, net neutrality, copyright law, and so on. However, we will also consider the affordances that our cyborg culture offers and the ways in which we can use new technologies mindfully for positive impact. This kind of critical digital literacy requires you to be cognizant of the social, political, economic, and ethical consequences of your communicative actions. Thus, in addition to studying issues in digital literacy, you will also be developing skills of digital literacy as we experiment with new technologies/digital tools to compose research and share information in rhetorically effective ways.