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Yay! We’re in!

An email from the editors of The New Work of Composing:

Dear Cheryl et al,

We are pleased to accept your chapter as part of The New Work of Composing.  We thought it was an interesting piece that addresses a number of important issues in the field including new digital genres, and social networking and participation. We have a number of proposals that touch on these themes, so, in order to play with the notion of a “digital book,” we will be working over the next few months to build an interactive table of contents where chapters can connect in multiple ways. (Once we have a prototype of the TOC, we will send it to you.)

We thought all the parts of the chapter were interesting and potentially very valuable as we think through what teaching and digital media entail.  However, we are asking you to reconsider including the last section of the chapter.  While we found it provocative, we were not sure how clearly it related to the chapter’s other components.

Regarding our timeline, we have been in conversations with the editors of Computers and Composition Digital Press ( and are in the process of writing the prospectus, which we plan to submit for review by March 1. If the prospectus is accepted, the deadline for submitting your completed chapter to us is July 1.

Cheryl ( will be the lead responder as you develop your text, and she can give you the most detailed information about design and interface issues.  (Though you should feel free to contact Debra or Trauman as well.)

Thank you again for letting us include your work.  We look forward to collaborating with you and working together to produce an innovative and important piece of scholarship.

Debra Journet
Cheryl Ball
Ryan Trauman

So, first: Congratulations!!! Y’all did an awesome job on the proposals (they were chosen before your final projects were completed, so they only had the proposals to go on).

Second, I stayed out of the discussion on y’all’s. This is typical for editors working on stuff from people they know, etc., especially when multiple editors are involved. So Debra and Trauman decided and informed me of their decision on y’all’s piece. You’ll notice that the fourth section they mention is Andrew’s contribution, which differed in kind from the rest of the pieces. I’ve already talked to Andrew about this; his piece had merit and he’ll probably submit it somewhere else, on its own.

Third, this means that I get to work with whoever wants to work with me next semester on doing some additional revisions to the final projects from this term. (I know some of y’all are taking the class again, and so you may want to — but certainly don’t have to — take the revision on as part of your coursework, but I’m open to others who are not taking the class again to help, if anyone wants to. Just email me.)

Fourth, I’m so proud 🙂 Thanks for a great class, everyone!


MovieMaker tip in STV 408

Hey all,

Through some looong frustration in my other class, I discovered how to make the AVI files from the FlipVideo cameras import into MovieMaker. (iMovie is another story I’ll have to deal with later.)

If you’re in STV 408 working on videos and need to import an AVI file from the Flip Cameras, do the following if you’re still getting an error message when trying to import into MM:

  1. plug the camera into the computer
  2. open My Computer
  3. open the FlipVideo drive
  4. open the DCIM folder to reveal the AVI videos
  5. drag whatever AVIs you need to the desktop (or some other location you want)
  6. open MovieMaker
  7. Goto Tools>Options and choose the Compatability tab
  8. click in the check-box for the MPEG4 codec to activate it
  9. Click OK in the Tools window to close it
  10. Goto File>Import into Collections and browse for your AVI file and click OK
  11. Your AVI file should now import into MovieMaker.

Good luck!

group server space now available


You now should have access to a shared space on the student server. When you log into the student server space, there is a folder at the top called /239/ (no slashes; that just indicates that it’s a folder). Inside the /239/ folder are three sub-folders:

  1. narrative (Julie et al’s group — sorry; I didn’t know you weren’t doing a narrative anymore when I assigned the group name)
  2. impact (Jessica et al’s group)
  3. myspace (Matt et al’s group)

Y’all can upload videos there and share them among your group members. Actually, all of you (including andrew) have access to all the other group folders, so don’t screw with anybody else’s stuff — just go in and get what you need if you need it).

Also, I have the tapes Ariana was looking for — they’re in my office. I”m headed in momentarily and will put them in the 408 lab next to the instructor’s machine marked for you when you come in on Sunday.

Thanks to Amos for opening the lab for everyone, Sunday at 5pm. Call him, or me, if you need him to oepn it another time.

Finally, I’m guessing that you don’t need the external hard drives immediately since you now have shared server space, so I’ll order those for backup but will get them online (where they’re cheaper) and have them for next week.

Don’t forget your proposal revisions are due by 5pm today.


using webvpn to access student server space

As mentioned in class, here is how you use the WebVPN from home to access your mounted drive on the student server space.

(1) On your home computer, open Firefox (or another browser — but if you don’t have Firefox, you should get it.)

(2) Go to and login using your ULID and password.

(3) You will see this page, where you should type \lilt-web02 in the Browse window and click Browse (See Figure 1)

Figure 1

Figure 1

(4) The next screen will show two folder options, communications and english. Click english.

(5) Next you will see a list of ulids. Find yours and click on it. It will open your student server folder where you can download or upload whatever files you need. (See Figure 2)

Figure 2

Figure 2

Flip Videos


I downloaded all the BTS footage from the Flip Video camera and uploaded it in AVI form to the class website under Resources. Download as needed, but, yes, it’s 200+ megs of uncompressed video 🙂 I’ll hang a CD of the stuff on the outside of my office door in case anyone wants to peruse it in easier form before class.


article about y’all!

In the CASNews (ISU’s College of Arts and Sciences weekly newsletter), y’all are featured! (Even tho I sent them names of folks who weren’t pictured — Katie, Nick, Vince, Steve, and Kenton — they didn’t publish those names. Sorry!)

But, still, yay for us for getting some publicity for your work!


Project Groups

Here’s how the class voted on project topics and group breakdowns. Links are to project descriptions.

Amy, Steve, and Kenton need to choose which group they want to join by sending their top two choices (ranked) to me in an email (cball@ilstu) by SATURDAY. I will assign you based on your rankings and which group needs you (i.e., since not everyone’s going, I have to make sure a majority of the group members are going, etc.)