Google +

We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We can upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and artifacts here.


Course calendar can be found above and HERE.

EOP: Dear Chico State…



Week One: Jumping in the Deep End of Technology—Getting Accounts

One of the first things we’ll do together is jump into a lot of digital platforms. Below are the platforms we will use in this course. Some will require that you set up an account.

Our Course Website:
No need to log-in to this site, but make sure you bookmark the link so you can check often.

Google Docs:
You already have access to Google Docs because Chico State uses Google Apps for Education. No need to create a separate log-in for anything Google related (this includes YouTube, etc). You can log in to your Google Drive using your portal ID from the link above.

You will set up a WordPress blog: you’ll use this site as a blogging platform, and eventually, as a way to curate your portfolio of work for our class.

Twitter: (optional, but it sure would be cool if you’d try it out)
Twitter is a way for us to create community inside and outside of class. If you’re game, create an account. Then, start following Kim by going to You can also follow each other once you create accounts; we can make a class list. There are a ton of resources and professionals on twitter to follow. Our class hashtag is: #Jaxon130

Blog (7 total)

Post to: your own WordPress site
Due Dates: Most Fridays by 10:00pm

Most every week of class, you will blog. Most weeks, especially in the beginning, you’ll write about your life as a first-year student at Chico State. Sometimes you’ll blog about your curiosities and the reading you are doing, sometimes you’ll blog about your research plans, and other times you’ll reflect. These blogs can include links to websites, articles, images, or videos that help to explain or further enhance the readings or discussions or highlight your college experience. The blogs are not first draft thoughts–you should draft and revise as you compose your blog posts. We will give and receive feedback to each other’s blogs each week.

We will also all journal each week to try to generate some ideas for our blog posts.

Workshops will choose someone to be a Review Board Member. These representatives meet with Kim on these Mondays–Feb 6, Feb 13, March 6, March 27, and April 10– at 11:00am to read blogs and choose writers to be featured. Room TBA. 

ePortfolio Checklist and Introduction to ePortfolio Assignment


Link to ePortfolio checklist HERE (be sure to reference this check list as you work on this final set of tasks.)

Introduction to ePortfolio Assignment:

You will write or video record one final text that serves as an introduction to your final Portfolio. The purpose of this text is to focus attention on the progression of your writing throughout the semester, as well as to point out the ways you have contributed to the workshop, the in-class activities, and discussions.  Be specific about the things you feel you have done well. Address these ideas in your Introduction to the ePortfolio:

  • Introduce and frame your collection of work. What should we expect to see in this body of work? What does the work represent in terms of what you’ve learned and what you’ve learned to do with writing and research?
  • Explain what you consider to be your “best” writing of the semester  (Be sure to define your criteria for “best” and to cite specific parts of your texts, your shorter and more formal papers).
  • What have you learned about college and the first-year college student?
  • What should a reader or viewer understand from your final project (film, game, resource, or white paper collection)? What were your goals for the final project? How did it turn out? What do you wish you could change if you had more time?
  • Reflect on your experience as a “curator” of your portfolio? What were the limits of the Portfolio site (WordPress) you created? What do you like about the site? What were the challenges?

Your WordPress site should be ready for review by the final workshop time on May 11 or 12.