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Readings

This is the list of books and articles that I will be utilizing for the upcoming semester (pending the blessing of my professor of course). I will be blogging on most of the articles and several of the books. We’ll see how it goes.

Books

Krug, Steve. Don’t Make Me Think. 2nd ed. Berkeley: New Riders, 2006.

Meyer, Eric A. CSS: The Definitive Guide. 3rd ed. Sebastapol: O’Reilly, 2007.

McFarland, David Sawyer. Dreaweaver CS3: The Missing Manual. Sebastapol: O’Reilly, 2007.

Rosenfeld, Louis and Morville, Peter. Information Architecture. Sebastapol: O’Reilly, 2002.

Veloso, Maria. Web Copy that Sells. New York: AMACOM, 2005.

Zeldman, Jeffrey. Designing With Web Standards. 2nd ed. New York: Peachpit Press, 2006.

Articles

Alexander, Bryan. “Web 2.0 and Emergent Multiliteracies.” Theory Into Practice 47.2 (01 Apr. 2008): 150-160. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 Jan. 2009 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ791194&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Ballagh, Michael. “Getting the Joke: Cats, Thick Description, and Hypertext.” History Computer Review 14.2 (01 Jan. 1998): 13-19. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ602509&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Brandes, Gabriella Minnes, and Natasha Boskic.. “Eportfolios: From Description to Analysis.” International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 9.2 (01 June 2008): 1-17. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ801092&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Balcytiene, Aukse. “Exploring Individual Processes of Knowledge Construction with Hypertext.” Instructional Science 27 (01 Jan. 1999): 303-28. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ589991&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Brookover, Sophie. “Why We Blog.” Library Journal 132.19 (15 Nov. 2007): 28-31. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 Jan. 2009 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ786572&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Brown, Catherine. “Usability Testing in Internet Time.” Performance Improvement 41 (01 Jan. 2002): 40-46. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 Jan. 2009 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ666518&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Burke, Lauren. “Designing a New Urban Internet.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 53.10 (01 Jan. 2002): 863-65. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 Jan. 2009 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ654163&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Dick, Rodney F. “Does Interface Matter? A Study of Web Authoring and Editing by Inexperienced Web Writers.” Business Communication Quarterly 69.2 (01 Jan. 2006): 205-215. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ798303&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Ferdig, Richard E., and Kaye D. Trammell.. “Content Delivery in the “Blogosphere”. T.H.E. Journal 31.7 (01 Feb. 2004): . ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 Jan. 2009 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ704748&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Huang, Hsi-chi. “Criteria for Evaluating Web-Based Hypertext.” (01 June 2002). ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=ED475936&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Johnson-Sheehan, Richard, and Craig Baehr.. “Visual-Spatial Thinking in Hypertexts.” Technical Communication: Journal of the Society for Technical Communication 48.1 (01 Jan. 2001): 22-30. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ621143&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Miller-Whitehead, Marie, and Muscle Shoals Tennessee Valley Educators for Excellence, AL.. “Conducting a Web Search.” (01 Sep. 2001). ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=ED459696&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Nardini, Holly K. Grossetta, et al. “Lessons for Working with Web Designers.” Online 26.2 (01 Jan. 2002): 51-56. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 Jan. 2009 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ671794&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Patterson, Nancy G. “Hypertext and the Changing Roles of Readers.” English Journal 90.2 (01 Jan. 2000): 74-80. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ616223&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Salmeron, Ladislao, Canas, Jose J., Walter Kintsch, and Immaculada Fajardo. “Reading Strategies and Hypertext Comprehension.” Discourse Processes: A multidisciplinary journal 40.3 (01 Jan. 2005): 171-191. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ758808&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Sullivan, Laura L. “Wired Women Writing: Towards a Feminist Theorization of Hypertext.” Computers and Composition 16.1 (01 Jan. 1999): 25-54. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ619395&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Thatcher, Barry. “Rhetorics and Communication Media across Cultures.” Journal of English for Academic Purposes 3.4 (01 Oct. 2004): 305-320. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ803698&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Van Der Meij, Hans. “Examining the Relationship between Quality Writing and Quality Reading.” Technical Communication: Journal of the Society for Technical Communication 47.2 (01 Jan. 2000): 195-204. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 5 Jan. 2009 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ606299&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

Walz, Joel. “Reading Hypertext: Higher-Level Processes.” Canadian Modern Language Review 57.4 (01 Jan. 2001): 590-606. ERIC. EBSCO. [Library name], [City], [State abbreviation]. 9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi?http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ628042&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost-live&scope=site&gt;.

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January 13, 2009 Posted by | Course description materials | Leave a comment

Proposal

Below is the formal proposal for the independent study. I will add a detailed reading list as well as formal project descriptions in the future.

I would like to propose an independent for the spring semester in 2009. The focus of the study would essentially be a continuation of Hypertext. In this study I would like to further develop my Web design skills, and integrate knowledge of other programs such as Adobe Flash into those skills.

Learning Flash is beneficial as many Web sites incorporate some level of Flash into their design. I would like to one day professionally write for Web sites and feel that a basic degree of Flash knowledge would make me more marketable in the same way that a basic knowledge of InDesign has helped me to work as a writer and editor for print publications.

I would also like to study theory on hypertext creation as well as other theory pertaining to writing for new media. I will target texts that focus on Web writing and information architecture. I want to learn about current techniques for writing Web copy and the ways that the layout of the site influences audience reception. To do this, I have selected several texts that focus on these subjects and will relate to current designs. I hope to identify issues present in writing for the Web when considering structure and readability and identify what scholars and professionals pose as the solutions to these issues.

As I complete readings for the course, I hope they will be relevant to my portfolio, which will likely be a critical analysis of some of the projects I will complete in this class. For this purpose I will utilize texts focusing on usability. These texts will help me analyze the Ecology Action Center Web site and create my recommendations.

Readings: Prior to the beginning of the semester I will create a final reading list for the semester.

Responses: I will maintain a blog focusing on responses, criticism, and critiques of the readings, as well as the process he follows in completing projects. By utilizing a blog to respond to the readings and making full use of the extra features a blog might accommodate, the independent study of hypertext will also be able to be conducted through an outlet of new media.

Projects: I will complete three projects by the end of the semester.

1. Analysis: I will analyze the Ecology Action Center Web site and focus critically on its structure, design, text, and overall affect on the user. Working with the main stakeholders of the site, I will identify the overall purpose of the site and intended goals. I will then prepare a report detailing recommendations on how the site can be revamped for maximum audience effect.

In doing this project, it will allow practical application of the usability texts that will be engaged during the study. The texts on writing for the Web will also allow me to assess how Ecology Action Center’s copy is being portrayed on the site in relationship to their intended affect and recommend ways that it might be improved.

2. Creation: I will create a multi-page Web site using CSS. The Website will also have elements of Adobe Flash. The site will demonstrate knowledge of design principles and serve as a practical application of Web design skills.

3. Final: The final project will (hopefully) serve as the shell for my graduate portfolio that will be presented to a committee in lieu of a thesis. I will make use of hypertext theory and design principles in constructing the site. The site will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of hypertext construction and utilize CSS.

*The professor retains the right to restructure projects in any way he deems fit to ensure a fruitful study.

Procedure: To accomplish my goals and complete the proposed projects, I will make use of a variety of resources available to me.

CTLT: I will take courses in Flash and Dreamweaver CS3 to learn new and refine current skills respectively.

Web training: I will make use of sites such as Lynda.com for training in use of various programs and methods.

Personal resources: I will gather knowledge from colleagues who are familiar with Web design.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Course description materials | Leave a comment

It begins…

I am creating this blog as a way to record my thoughts and findings as I work my way through an independent study of hypertext that I am engaging this semester. I am going to read several articles and reflect on them, and also look at books on everything from information architecture to usability testing. Thrown in with the academia, I will also be looking at books centering around creating readable, eye-catching text for the Web. Granted, these blogs might not reflect the way I might write if I were to create marketing copy or anything of the sort, but it will provide a good way to organize the extensive research I will be doing. I will also be creating a couple of Web sites using CSS as projects and will provide the links to those sites. Heck, I might as well post my proposal. Enjoy the ride. I know I will.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Course description materials | Leave a comment