Russo | Wiki

My teaching wiki provides a lot of room for getting creative with syllabuses. I can add images, bits of color, and adjust the fonts to fit class themes. I try not to go overboard, since syllabus documentation needs to be information forward.

  Familiar Design   
I use a standard MediaWiki Infobox template for most syllabuses. This template works because it's simple, and the output is familiar to anyone who has ever been on Wikipedia. The back-end of my template looks like this:

| image =
| course-title =
| course-subtitle =
| school =
| section =
| crn =
| semester =
| location =
| time =
| instructor =
| contact =
| additional =

I simply paste the template into markup, then fill in the relevant data. The Infobox renders automagically. 

  Creative Touches   

I don't need to include the 'image' line in the Infobox template. But having a small image on the syllabus makes the document more accessible, more engaging; it helps to define the course objectives. I'm often pressed for time when putting syllabuses together, so I don't always have the opportunity to create original images. But I've made a few that I can share.

Playing Around.

By engaging with persuasive, rhetorical games, students are placed in a position of simulation-identification. Start Playing Around introduces students to alternative ways of thinking about identity, freedom, and personal responsibility.

Orality, Literacy,

O.L.E. foregrounds the evolution of rhetorical culture — the oral to the written to the digital. The term 'electracy 'is borrowed from Gregory Ulmer (who had nice things to say about the cube).


The purpose of Privacy Reboot is to motivate students to think rhetorically about issues of privacy, whether or not privacy matters to the human condition, and how perceptions of privacy have changed from the time of Wordsworth to the age of Google.


For more images, course objectives, instructional materials, and recommended readings, visit my teaching wiki.