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“Forgive Me, Father, for I Have Linked”

image title Amanda — 1:00 section — sent me this link: “Bless me iPhone for I have sinned.”

Then, this morning, in the New York Times: “Forgive Me, Father, for I Have Linked”

Today (update) again in the NYT: App Can’t Replace Confession, Vatican Says

A new application being sold on iTunes, “Confession: a Roman Catholic App,” cannot be used as a substitute for confession with a priest, the Vatican said Wednesday. The application was developed by American entrepreneurs with the help of two priests and the blessing of a bishop. It features a questionnaire of sins, and is promoted as a tool both to revive interest in confession and to help Catholics prepare for the sacrament. But some media reports cast the app as a “virtual priest” for Catholics who do not have time for church, prompting the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, to respond, “One cannot speak in any way of ‘confession by iPhone.’ ”

Shape Collage: for your digital portfolio banners and …?

Sarah C. from the 11:20 section has shared this excellent collage creator for both PC and MAC users: Shape Collage. From the site:

About Shape Collage
A free automatic photo collage maker that lets you create picture collages in a variety of shapes in less than a minute with just a few mouse clicks. Shape Collage creates collages using an intelligent machine learning algorithm that automatically places the photos in the collage and can arrange the photos to form different shapes.

Thanks, Sarah!

Google’s Art Project

From today’s NYT:

“If art is among your full-blown obsessions or just a budding interest, Google, which has already altered the collective universe in so many ways, changed your life last week. It unveiled its Art Project …”

Course Introduction & Background

“We are what we find, not what we search for.”
– Piero Scaruffi

Welcome to WRD104 — Winter Quarter 2011

In WRD 104 we focus on the kinds of academic writing that use materials drawn from research to shape reasonable conclusions based on supportable facts and convincing, defensible arguments. As the second part of the two-course sequence in First Year Writing, WRD 104 continues to explore relationships between writers, readers, and texts in the specific context of academic research and argumentation.

WRD 104 has the following learning outcomes:

Rhetorical Knowledge, which includes focusing on defining purposes, audiences, and conventions

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing, which emphasizes writing and reading for inquiry, thinking, and communicating; finding, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources; exploring relationships among language, knowledge, and power

Composing Processes, which includes practice in using multiple drafts to create and complete a rhetorically appropriate audience-based text and the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes

Knowledge of Conventions, in which we employ a variety of genre and rhetorical conventions in order to appeal to a variety of readers and audiences

You can read the First Year Writing Learning Outcomes in more detail here.

What that means for us

The types of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources we work with will help you to marshal your ideas and resources into productive and persuasive action in community, professional, academic, and creative environments. If you have a project from another course that you would like to continue, or a community project that would benefit from rigorous research, or a professional aspiration that needs research-based support, this is the course for you.

Your digital portfolio

This is a portfolio-based course, which means that you will collect, organize, reflect on, and showcase your work at the end of the quarter in a digital portfolio format. DePaul University has adopted Digication, a digital platform that allows you to archive your work in various stages of its production during the quarter — notes, drafts, peer reviews, finished, polished pieces — and to present it at the conclusion of our work together.

As a DePaul student, you will be able to keep your Digication portfolio and have access to it during your time here and after you graduate, as alumni. I mention this now because we can take the time to think about, and to work on, different purposes and audiences for our portfolios: for colleagues, classmates, instructors — academic purposes — and for creative, professional, career, and non-academic purposes and audiences.