ENC 3416: Writing and New Media

ENC 3416 focuses on composing for the web using established web-based technologies. Students will build on the skills they have developed in ENC 1101 and 1102 to produce polished, published nonfiction work native to new media formats. The primary media may include blogs, wikis, video compositions, or other developing formats. Students will also learn to support composing in these primary media with other kinds of networked communication.

An advanced ENC course, the class assumes that students are familiar with writing in different genres and can address the needs of various audiences in their writing, understand how to support ideas with reasons and evidence, can use research to develop and explore ideas, can participate effectively in peer review, and understand how to analyze rhetorical strategies. Furthermore, it is assumed that students can produce clear, grammatically correct prose using standard spelling and punctuation. Instruction will focus on building on this foundation to develop advanced rhetorical skills appropriate for new media compositions.

Course Outcomes

By the end of ENC 3416, students will:

  • Understand the ways media affect messages
  • Develop sensitivity to genres of Internet composition
  • Understand why and how networks are fundamental to Internet-based communication
  • Produce work that responds to the rhetorical demands of established (and growing) networked media. Students will learn:
    • how to develop appropriate arguments/ideas
    • effective arrangement of ideas based on medium
    • appropriate and effective style;
  • Evaluate reliability and effectiveness of new media compositions;
  • Use networked media for research; understand and use developing documentation conventions for that research; understand the current advantages, opportunities, and limits of research in print and web-based environments.


Course materials vary, and much reading will be internet-based. Students may be assigned a print text as well, including Craig Baehr and Bob Schaller, Writing for the Internet: A Guide to Real Communication in Virtual Space (Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2010).