A required course for every Davidson first-year student, WRI 101 teaches the skills and strategies necessary to become a successful college writer. Writing assignments will be related to other course work in the collaboratory, offering you opportunities to explore topics of interest to you, to compose multimodal arguments, and to utilize open source digital tools and platforms.
The course will investigate various responses to the question, How do individuals make change in society? Our investigations will emphasize a dialectic between the students as individuals and their roles and ethical responsibilities within communities and larger collectives. One “backbone” of the course will be their development and design of their own domains, including weekly process reflections on the collaboratory. The other backbone will be examining texts and perspectives from the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements.
This course aims to revolutionize your approach to writing, encouraging you to think of yourself not just as an author of papers, but as a designer and architect of multimedia texts. We’ll approach writing as a form of building, breaking out of the predictable 5-paragraph essay blueprint into order reimagine academic papers as more enticing spaces for your readers to inhabit. The course itself will inhabit the digital realm: the course hub will be a website; you will learn to write for web publication; and you will design a WordPress site on your own Davidson Domain to showcase your work throughout your career at Davidson. No previous technological training needed, but creativity, critical thinking, and a collaborative spirit are required.