Kendra emailed me this description from the Chapman U. fall course catalog:
While the default mode of most English Composition courses teaches students to write for print, “Writing in Electronic Environments” focuses on writing well for online mediums such as blogs, wikis, microblogs and social networks. Assignments will encourage multimodal writing, which “exceed the alphabetic and may include still and moving images, animations, color, words, music, and sound” (Christine Tulley). Deep collaboration between classmates is required—students will review, adopt, rewrite, and contest each other’s posts. Finally, all of the above goals will be accomplished without a single sheet of paper—all assignments will be posted, graded, and commented upon online.
Wow. First of all...cool! I totally wish I could take this class.
And second of all...talk about a sign of the times. These online 'mediums' (which, hello Chapman English department...I'm not an expert or anything, but shouldn't that be 'media'?) didn't even exist when I was in college. Or, when I was out of college for many, many years.
And third, kudos to colleges that are recognizing the evolution of technology and media, and are keeping their curriculum contemporary with these developments!