Reading and Technology

All of the readings for the course will be provided through the course site or from the Mason Libraries’ databases.

You will need to sign up for a paid server account with Reclaim Hosting at a cost of $25. Please plan to do this before our first class meeting on Jan 12. You’ll use this account to create your own blog and to experiment with tools and software.

You will need to bring a functional computing device (laptop preferred) with wireless access to each class meeting.

Computers are awesome, but with any technology, you have to expect that you will encounter problems at some point. Back up your work and have a “plan B” for computer use or software access should your primary options fail you.

Mason uses only Mason e-mail accounts to communicate with enrolled students. Students must activate their Mason e-mail account, use it to communicate with their department and other administrative units, and check it regularly for important university information including messages related to this class. See for more information.

I am easily distracted; please silence all your devices.

This course is a combination of theory, method, and applied skills. You may find that in some weeks you will pick up a particular point or skill faster than in others. Persistence and willingness to try many approaches will be key to a successful course. For many, this work with digital tools will be an entirely new experience and frustration is an important part of the learning process. Not every exercise will go smoothly, but we’ll be in it together.

Late work or assignments will not be accepted and I will not issue incompletes.

University Policies

Academic Integrity

All George Mason University students have agreed to abide by the letter and the spirit of the Honor Code: “not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, and/or lie in matters related to academic work.” If you are uncertain what that policy covers, see the information provided by the Office of Academic Integrity. All violations of the Honor Code will be reported to the Honor Committee for review.

If you are copying and pasting text that someone else wrote, you might be plagiarizing. Pasted or manually retyped text is not plagiarized only when all of the following three conditions are true: 1) the pasted text is surrounded by quotation marks or set off as a block quote, and 2) the pasted text is attributed in your text to its author and its source (e.g., “As Jane Smith writes on her blog . . . “), and 3) the pasted text is cited in a footnote, endnote, and/or a bibliography (e.g., “Smith, Jane. Smith Stuff. Blog. Available Accessed August 1, 2012.”)

Disability Accommodations

Any student who requires special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact me to make necessary accommodations (before 1/19 please). Students should present appropriate verification from the Office of Disability Services (703-993-2474). All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.

Diversity Policy

George Mason University is an inclusive community of learners. Your instructor and all classmates should abide by the University’s Diversity Policy found at

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Last updated: December 14, 2015 at 23:05 pm