Spring 2015: Thursdays 11:45 AM - 2:15 PM
Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Room A266 ("Collision Space")

Timothy Lenoir
Kimberly J. Jenkins Chair in
New Technologies & Society
lenoir A-T duke D-O-T edu
Smith Warehouse Bay 11 Room A231
919-668-1952 (office)
Office hours: By appointment

Patrick Herron
Senior Research Scientist
Jenkins Collaboratory
patrick D-O-T h A-T duke D-O-T edu
Smith Warehouse Bay 11 Room A241
919-668-0276 (office)
Office hours: By appointment


Coursework and Requirements

This class is intended for heavy reading and interaction with media. We will ask that each student make two presentations based on the course material. We would like you to bring in additional perspectives on the material listed in the syllabus, but aimed at focusing our discussion for the day. Presentations will begin at the third class meeting in order to give you time to work up something interesting.

Each student will also be required to produce a term project. The project can be in the form of a 15-20 page term paper, or a design sketch of a digital media piece, with commentary. You may work together with a partner on the course project. In the fifth week of the term, i.e. the week beginning Monday February 9, we'll ask you to turn in a one-page outline of your proposed term project so we can offer feedback. We'll expect you to meet with us during office hours so we can help shape your project into something you can complete in a reasonable time. The projects will be due at the end of the semester in time for us to host a "project fair" during finals week.

We will discuss possible term projects as we get into the semester, but below are a few ideas of the sorts of things you might contemplate.

Ideas for Term Projects

A. Study an artifact (traditional paper format is fine, but be sure to properly cite non-print artifacts)

B. Do a creative piece --

Using a computational authoring system of your choice,

create a piece of fiction, or a simulation, or a visualization. Compare it with more traditional writing technologies. How might your creation be different? One good way to do this project might be to create alternate treatments of a given theme in different "media," e.g. a photo essay vs. a sonification of photographs.

C. Write an analytic work (traditional paper format is fine)