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Tuesday 1/26/16 Bring a laptop if you have one!
- Intro & Expectations: Open Pedagogy and How We Might Roll
- Our First Tools: The ePort, Twitter, and Hypothes.is
- Bring a laptop to class! You will need one for every class, beginning today. If you don’t own one, you can borrow one from Lamson Library by visiting the Circulation Desk and requesting a “reserve laptop for Robin DeRosa’s class” (2 hour borrow period).
- Make sure you have a Twitter account set up. Add a profile picture. Send a test tweet to our hashtag at #opencomp. Log your Twitter handle on our spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uJl69vLyo1mZgpFdV6PLho7SX6ozQ4TgEBGSWBNTmeE/edit?usp=sharing.
- Make sure you have a Hypothes.is account set up. Log your Hypothes.is username on our spreadsheet.
- Read “Do I Own My Own Domain if You Grade It?” Make sure you launch Hypothes.is and use it to annotate the text as you read.
- Read “The Web We Need to Give Students” and annotate with Hypothes.is.
- Live tweet the reading OR summarize your reactions in 1-2 tweets after you read. Use our course hashtag (#opencomp).
- Start building your Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter:
- Follow someone on Twitter who is an important and compelling scholar in a field that interests you. (Do this once a day, M-F, starting now.)
- Favorite something on Twitter (use can use the search function to find something). (Do this once a day, M-F, starting now.)
- Retweet something on Twitter (you can use the search function to find something). (Do this once a day, M-F, starting now).
- Tweet to our hashtag once a day, M-F, starting now.
- Bring 3 possible Course Objectives to class. Be creative in at least one of them! In all of them, make sure you are attending to the central questions: What would be helpful for you to learn? How would you like to develop as a learner?
- Decide between WordPress.com (free with ads) and Reclaim Hosting (owned by you, $20 for 1 year) for your ePort.
- Keep tweeting! You won’t be reminded about this again, but it will count in your final grade, so Follow, Favorite, Retweet, and Tweet to the Hashtag five days a week!
- Finish building your ePort. Make sure it has (at minimum):
- An “About Me” page (call it whatever you want) with a picture (doesn’t have to be a picture of you, but must be a picture that you personally took).
- A page for blog posts.
- A Twitter widget on your main page.
- Social media share buttons (if you can– we can leave this until next week if you can’t figure it out).
- A copyright or (a copyright and) a Creative Commons license.
- Log your ePort URL into our spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uJl69vLyo1mZgpFdV6PLho7SX6ozQ4TgEBGSWBNTmeE/edit?usp=sharing
- GoogleDoc we will be using in class today: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19fuElGajNP4nPz1UfoVD58oDbZcR5EcQSOfICnkOIcM/edit?usp=sharing
- Bring your course objectives to class.
- Bring in two opening ePort writing assignments: one just for you, and one for the whole class. Each assignment should have a reading requirement embedded within it as well. GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF ASSIGNMENT CREATION: Will this contribute to knowledge? Is this worthwhile? How will this work matter to me or to my readers? You can also check out what you had to say about good assignments here.
- YOU CAN DO THIS IN CLASS (or before if you prefer): Paste in your CLASS assignment here. ONLY THE CLASS ONE GETS PASTED HERE. Your individual assignment does not need to get added to this sheet, ok?
- Begin your individual assignment. Come with at least a good chunk of it saved as a draft on your ePort, or as a Word document. You will be working on it in class with a partner. Plan to finish it for Tuesday.
- Vote for the class assignment here by increasing the vote number on the one you like. You can vote a maximum of TWO times.
- In class:
- Finish your individual assignment by class time and publish it on your ePort. Post the link on our spreadsheet.
- Work on your class assignment, and come to class with a good first draft:
- Read this article (use Hypothes.is) about some different stressful thing college students undergo. It also talks about different stresses that people experience based on gender and race, and it covers how some students cope with the stress: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-campus/201110/stress-in-college-students
- Discuss what you agree and disagree with in the article. You can also talk about a personal story that goes with something the article talks about, or offer thoughts based on reading, observations, or popular culture. Feel free to take this assignment in whatever direction most appeals to you. Remember to attend to the blog tips. Remember to post the assignment, relevant course objectives, and your own take on the assignment learning objectives at the top of the post. (Course objectives addressed 11, as well as 7,5,6.)
- Finish your class assignment by class time and publish it on your ePort. Post the link on our spreadsheet. The spreadsheet will lock at 9:35am today– Thursday. Make sure you post your link by then to avoid getting a 0 for this assignment!
- In class:
- Peer review and commentary
- Drafting next assignments
- Choose an Election 2016 assignment from our list of possibilities: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QQFYaSTEHgGd_bUsiopDKpFb2qXkkgF75Rj9zZ0ZocU/edit?usp=sharing
- Complete your assignment and post it to your ePort.
- Read “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott. (I originally said you didn’t have to use Hypothes.is, but you SHOULD, since it will work fine.) Make a list of three points that you like from the reading (you will use this list for an exercise in class.)
- Revise at least ONE of your first two assignments (if you have already done one revision and don’t need/want to do another, you are all set!). Follow the revision guidelines on the Policies/Info page.
- Find a research essay that you like online. But here’s the catch: you have to REALLY, REALLY enjoy reading it! And it doesn’t have to be a traditional “research paper.” It just needs to include comprehensive, credible research and thoughtful analysis. It should include or produce scholarly inquiry (insightful work by academics, well-designed studies, critically astute observations, and/or reliable facts gathered and weaved together in a helpful and innovative way). I like this one for the way it blends personal narrative with research: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/cover_story/2015/12/we_need_to_reject_the_false_narratives_around_anorexia.html. Tweet your choice to our hashtag at #opencomp and also use #researchread.
- Annotate your reading using Hypothes.is.
- Make an outline for a blog post called “What Makes a REALLY Good Research Essay” in which you explain what you think makes a good research paper. Imagine your audience is Composition students from another school who are sick and tired of research paper assignments, who think of research papers as boring and irrelevant. Try to inspire them to think of research in a new way, and give them an idea of how they can write a research paper that will really be worthwhile. Plan for a minimum of 10 paragraphs, of which at least two should be focused on the example of the good research essay that you read for today. Bring this outline to class.
- Write 3 of your paragraphs for your “Good Research Paper” post, making sure NOT to write the Intro or Conclusion yet. After you write the paragraphs, make sure they are focused, have topic sentences, reflect solid research where relevant (hyperlinks to important and credible and helpful sources), and do not have Run-Ons or Fragments. Make sure you have at least two direct quotes from outside sources in your paragraphs somewhere.
- Finish and publish your “Good Research Paper” post and log the link into our spreadsheet. Make sure you have at least one image in your post, and make sure you have a good Intro and Conclusion. You Intro should be engaging and make your reader want to read more, and it should be a good predictor of what your post will cover. Your Conclusion should summarize your main points without feeling redundant or boring, and should ask the reader to get
- Quiz on Run-ons, Fragments, it’s/its, and their/there/they’re.
- Revise your essay based on your workshop.
- In class we will be talking about the research paper that you will write next.
Tuesday 3/15/16 & Thursday 3/17/16 Spring Break
- Post on your ePort: What is your research topic? What question or questions are you exploring? Why did you choose to research this? (1 point for a solid topic; 2 points for pathos–make your reader care about this project– and for ethos–make your reader think you are a key person to hear from on this topic)
- Make sure your post includes the following (1 point for most, 2 points for all):
- At least one embedded hyperlink;
- At least one openly licensed image;
- A list of sources that you will use, listed by complete citation, including as a minimum:
- 2 full-text articles from library databases;
- 2 books you ordered from Interlibrary Loan (not owned by Lamson);
- 2 articles you ordered from Interlibary Loan (not owned by Lamson or available full-text);
- 2 books you plan to check out from Lamson (include call numbers);
- 2 websites that look helpful (include hyperlinks);
- 2 relevant personal accounts you have followed on Twitter;
- 2 relevant organizational accounts you have followed on Twitter;
- ideas for people you might interview for your project.
- Make sure your post includes the following (1 point for most, 2 points for all):
- Read and take notes on 4 sources. These notes will be graded as Assignment #6. Be sure to include for each source:
- full citation
- a short summary of the main argument
- three useful quotes (highlighted, or better yet, transcribed)
- at least one note that shows a question or disagreement you have with the author
- Read and take notes on 3 sources. These notes will be graded as Assignment #7. See guidelines above.
- Read and take notes on 1 source. These notes will be graded as Assignment #8. See guidelines above.
- Write an outline for your research paper. Your paper should be a minimum of about 7 pages long. Bring TWO COPIES of your outline to class in hard copy form. This outline will be graded as Assignment #9.
- Outline should have sections (maybe 3-4), and each section should have multiple paragraphs (maybe 5-7). Each paragraph should have a written topic sentence plus a quote or two. Make sure you include an intro and conclusion (could be 2-3 paragraphs each if you want). THIS MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSIGNMENT OF THE SEMESTER.
- Revise your outline.
- Read and take notes on 3 sources. Aim for sources that plug holes in your outline. These notes will be graded as Assignment #10. See guidelines above.
- Post to ePort: Write a review of a recent event, album, film, restaurant, hotel, hike, or anything else that is reviewable. Make sure to include images (cited as necessary) and hotlinks in your post. Remember to develop ethos (trustworthiness: what makes you a good person to listen to on this topic?) and pathos (reader investment: what will make your reader care about your writing on this topic?). Be sure to avoid run-ons, fragments, and apostrophe errors. Follow the guidelines we set in class to make your review helpful and engaging. Post the link to our spreadsheet in the Assignment 11 column.
- Write three paragraphs from your outline. Add quotes and hotlinks as you go, using proper citation style for all quotes (I recommend MLA style).
- In class: commenting and voting on Future Learning essays (Assignment 12), so make sure yours is ready to go by 9:30am.
- Write four paragraphs from your outline. Come to class with all of the materials you need to work on your research essay.
- No regular class. Robin will be in her office from 9:30-10:45am for individual help.
- Write five paragraphs from your outline.
- Come to class with all of the materials you need to work on your research essay.
- Visit the Writing Center sometime between April 26th and May 4th (required to get an A on this assignment).
- Write three paragraphs from your outline.
- In class: fun writing activity.
- Finish your research essay. Add cc-licensed images with captions. Post essay to your ePort and log in to our spreadsheet. Reminder: visit the Writing Center sometime between April 28th and May 4th. Your research paper will count as three assignments for this course.
- In class: workshop essay.
- Revise your research essay. All revisions due by 9:30am.
- In class: Comp Journal submissions & course evaluations.
- Turn in hard copy of outline in class.
- ALL REVISIONS FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT DUE BY EMAIL BY 9:30am.
Final Exam: Thursday, 5/12/16, from 8-10:30am
- Your exam will be a brief 5 minute (please time yourself in advance) presentation on your ePort and your final research essay. You will project your ePort, explain its strengths and choose one or two posts to highlight. Then you will click on your research essay, explain its focus, and talk about your findings. Finally, you will summarize your three main takeaways from #opencomp: what will you carry forward from this course into your future work? You may bring notecards to assist you in this presentation, but you may not read word for word. You will be graded on your enthusiasm, insight, organization, clarity, and visual effects of your presentation.
- No Show: 0
- Very Poor: 1
- Poor: 2
- Solid: 3
- Exceptional: 4