Fr Nov 5
of Homepage and 2 nodes due (link through Forum and
print out and turn in)
M Nov 8
more nodes due (link through Forum: no printing necessary)
Fr Nov 12
more nodes due (link through Forum: no printing necessary)
M Nov 15
draft of hypertext due (link through Forum: no printing necessary)
W Dec 1
research hypertext and reflection letter due (link through Forum
and through Collaborative
Wepage: no printing necessary. Also burn the complete
hypertext onto a CD to turn in)
final hypertext should contain a persuasive argument in hypertext
form, in which you enact purposeful and persuasive e-rhetoric
and develop the argument through a series of interlinked and
developed webpages. The research contained in the hypertext
should be equivalent in scope and development to that found
in a 10-15 page research paper. Use visuals responsibly and
effectively as appropriate. The hypertext should be linked through
your forum folder as well as through your Collaborative
The reflection letter
should be 1-2 pages in length and may be linked to the hypertext
or posted independently to your Forum folder.
is the assignment?
Your assignment is to
create a hypertext, consisting of a series of interlinked pages,
equivalent in scope and research to a 10-15 page research paper
on the topic discussed in your research proposal. The final revision
should be accompanied by a site map (this
can be a link on your website or handed in/posted independently)
as well as a 1-2 page reflection letter
on the hypertext project as a whole.
exactly is a hypertext?
One scholar defines hypertext
in this way:
term coined by T.H. Nelson in the 1960s . . . hypertext refers
to the non-sequential arrangment of text-based information.
Hypertexts are broken down into nodes, small units of
text (screens of text, of text and graphics, or scrolling screens
of text and graphics, for instance), which are linked,
or connected to other nodes in webs, or connected sets
of information. (Richard Selfe 217 from Teaching Argument
in the Composition Course)
Hypertexts vary in layout
and design, a variation that is often influenced at least in part
by differences in purpose & audience: a personal webpage, for
instance, has a markedly different purpose and probably a different
audience than a commercial website such as amazon.com.
is the purpose of our hypertext?
- For this class, your
purpose is to create a research hypertext that presents your research
to an academic audience, such as the students in this class. Just
as in PWR1 (where you were asked to produce a research argument, rather
than a report), here you should produce a text that is analytical
and argumentative (i.e. whose pages and relationships between links
are designed to facilitate your particular line of inquiry) rather
than solely informational (i.e. simply providing information on a
- The overall pedagogical
purpose, in keeping with the underlying goals of PWR2, is to effectively
apply the priniciples of argument and rhetoric within a variety of
media -- in this case, within an electronic enviroment.
should I structure my hypertext and what should it contain?
The organization of
the page is up to you, though probably will follow the outline provided
by your visual
map (or improve upon it) -- however, all hypertexts should contain
- a homepage
- a clear navigational
- a series of links
to topic and subtopic pages
- a works cited
page (in correct MLA format)
Other elements you may
want to include to enhance your hypertext include:
- contact link
- external links
- graphics (see
Use guidelines page for more on this subject)
In general, your research
hypertext should follow the principles for effective design and persuasive
e-rhetoric that we have been discussing this quarter and should be
composed of a variety of interconnected links stemming from a central
homepage and at least 3-4 central "paths." Remember as you
link your texts that your links shouldn't be random: you need to ensure
that your reader can follow your argument and intellectual connections
behind your links.
the process for completing this project?
As the due
dates at the top of the page suggest, we are going to approach
this research hypertext as we would any research project: through
a series of steps. You've already begun these steps through drafting
proposal and creating a preliminary
bibliography. In the weeks to come, you will create a working
map for your project; you will be writing nodes or pages incrementally
over a two week period; you will participate in in-class and on-line
peer review (through Forum); you will be meeting with me in conference
and have the option of attending extra tech-oriented office hours
in Wallenberg; you will be revising your hypertext into a polished
finished product; and you will be submitting a final site
map and reflection letter once you have
completed the hypertext.
You may create your pages
in any program that you like -- from Microsoft Word (saving as .html)
to Frontpage, Netscape Composer, or Dreamweaver. You can even code
it yourself if you like. However -- keep in mind that formating will
change if you write drafts in a word processing program and then cut
and paste to a Web Authoring program. Therefore, I strongly recommend
that you draft using the software you intend to use for authoring
your hypertext itself.
I possibly get a good grade on this assignment if I have no prior web-authoring
All of you have had some
practice working with hypertext based on the Proposal
Translation assignment, and in the
Media Reflection, you have already anticipated some of your challenges
approaching a longer project in hypertext. These assignments should
have provided you with a foundation for approaching this one.
In addition, remember
that -- as I mentioned earlier in the quarter -- I am most interested
in the quality of your research and writing and the design of your
website as it reflects an understanding of the principles of electronic
rhetoric. Whether or not you act on these principles through a
very basic design or through elaborate java scripts is less important
than that you understand these principles themselves and attempt to
put them into practice(see reflection letter
below, for more on this).
finish my hypertext, what else do I need to do?
Part of this assignment
involves not just the creation of a hypertext, but a consideration
of the specific structure and properties of a research argument as
adapted to this specific medium. To help you focus on these aspects
of the project, you should turn in a site map and a reflection letter
with your final revision of the hypertext itself.
Creating a site map can
be a simple or difficult process. Some web authoring programs, such
as Dreamweaver, allow you to "view" a site map as part of
their authoring function. If your program allows you to do this, you
need to merely print out this map (or capture it as a jpeg and then
print it out) and turn it in.
If you web authoring program
does not offer this option, you have the slightly more labor-intensive
task of converting your original visual
map into an accurate site map for your site. Once this map is
completed, you should print it out and turn it in.
Your site map may be linked
to your hypertext if you prefer.
The reflection letter
is your opportunity to discuss the principles of e-rhetoric that you
tried to implement in your research hypertext. In your reflection,
please comment on the rhetorical decisions that informed the content
and design nof your site: what choices you made about voice, audience,
purpose, design, organization, chunking; what you are proud of; what
you would have done more of had you had more time; and what you would
have improved on had you had greater technical knowledge. In addition,
please note the principles of e-rhetoric that you followed in constructing
your site -- i.e. what decisions you made about embedded vs. listed
links, amount of text on a page, use of graphics, etc. You may refer
to a supplementary text if it was instrumental in determining how
you constructed your hypertext (such as one of the Writing for the
Web pages that you read earlier in the quarter).
Keep in mind, this is
your primary place to speak to me about your goals, accomplishments,
and your perceived shortcomings in drafting and revising your hypertext.
Your reflection letter
should be 1-2 pages long and should be posted or handed in on December
1st at the same time as your revised hypertext. It does not need to
be linked to your hypertext site, but you may link it if you want
can I find extra help on this?
- For an overview of how
to approach writing a hypertext, you might find the "webpage"
section of chapter 8 of Envision
to provide some helpful tips. Other readings that might be helpful
Other resources that may
be helpful include:
- The extra tech-office
hours held in Wallenberg 125 on Monday, Nov. 1 (7-9pm) and Tuesday,
Nov. 9 (7-9pm)
- Your RCCs
- The Stanford
Feel free to e-mail
me, IM me, or talk to me in class if you have any questions about
this assignment or the project as a whole.