Week 1 Aug 28-Sept 3

Our course site has all of the information that you will need to get started in the course. Please read all of the pages on the site to learn more about the course, and to become more familiar with navigating the content management system Word Press (WP). Knowing how to set up and use a digital domain is a learning outcome in the course; and as former students have told me again and again, knowing how to manage an open-source content management system like Word Press provides useful if not essential skills.

Here is what you need to do during week one:

  • Complete a request for a digital domain. Request an account using this Google Form. You will then receive an e-mail with a link to create a domain on KSCopen. (If you already have a domain on KSCOpen, create a new Word Press installation following the steps in the tutorials below.)
  • Your digital domain is where you will set up a portfolio for your work in this class. The blog post Setting Up shop: Your Domain provides an introduction to Word Press.
  • Install Word Press on your domain. The Tutorial Pages on the course web site will guide you

As you play around, and learn the system, the KSCOpen.org Terminology page will introduce you to key concepts and vocabulary. Also, have a look at KSC Open, and specifically About KSCOpen to learn more about the opportunities of Domain of One’s Own, and the Community Showcase, that will show you some of the sites students have built in classes at KSC.

  • Pick up the books for the class. The blog post Setting Up Shop: Books lists the two books and includes a short description of each.
  • Reading for Week One: Carl H. Claus, “Toward a Collective Poetics of the Essay,” in Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time, xv–xxvii, and Nicole B. Wallack, “Introduction,” in Crafting Presence: The American Essay and the Future of Writing Studies, 3–17.
  • Writing for Week One: Compose a 1000-word (more or less) essay on your experiences writing essays in school. This is a personal essay, and will likely use anecdotes from particular writing tasks that engaged you (or did not engage you). You are welcome to draw on the reading for the week, though this is not necessary.

    Publish this essay as a post on your course site no later than Monday, September 5. If you can’t post it, send it to me at mlong@keene.edu.

The sooner you request a domain, the better! When you put in your request for a domain by completing the Google form, the Director of Digital Learning, Jenny Darrow, will be processing your request. During week one, if you have any questions about the process, or having any difficulties, please contact Jenny at jdarrow@keene.edu or (603) 358-2340.

However, if you run into any insurmountable obstacles, and are unable to set up your course blog, don’t worry too much: we will address problems when we meet for our first face to-face meeting on Wednesday, September 7.

Best wishes with settling in to the fall semester. I can’t wait to see you and get started in a couple of weeks!