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Conferences, June 24 & 25

Conferences are optional. But I really like the opportunity to have the interaction. I get to hear your thoughts on your work, and you get to ask questions.

This week, our focus will be on Paper 3 and the contextual summaries emerging from the Conversation Map project. Of course, we can also discuss whatever issues interest you.

  • Apollo Hangout: Wednesday, 10-10:45 AM (Abby, Maggie, Meghan)
  • Dionysius Hangout I: Wednesday, 9-9:45 PM (Sydney, Phi, Jackie)
  • Dionysius Hangout II: Thursday, 9-9:45 PM (Sydney, Phi, Jackie)
  • Hermes Hangout: Wednesday, 7:15-8 PM (Sarah & Aubrie)

Please make a comment below if you will not attend one of the conferences.

Conferences, June 17 & 18

Conferences are optional, of course. But I really like the opportunity to have the interaction. I get to hear your thoughts on your work, and you get to ask questions.

This week, our focus will be on Carr and/or  remediations of Paper 2. Of course, we can also discuss whatever issues interest you.

  • Apollo Hangout: Wednesday, 10-10:45 AM (Abby, Maggie, Meghan)
  • Dionysius Hangout I: Wednesday, 9-9:45 PM (Sydney, Phi, Jackie)
  • Dionysius Hangout II: Thursday, 9-9:45 PM (Sydney, Phi, Jackie)
  • Hermes Hangout: Wednesday, 7:15-8 PM (Sarah & Aubrie)

Please make a comment below if you will not attend one of the conferences.

Conferences for June 10 & 11

I want to remind everyone that we are going to use just the Dionysus Discussion Board for the discussion board homework from here on out. I think this will help people get more feedback. The homework assignments will clearly indicate this location for discussion, but I’m just reminding everyone.

Conferences are optional, of course. But I really like the opportunity to have the interaction. I get to hear your thoughts on your work, and you get to ask questions.

As we did the last week that first drafts had been handed in, we’ll spend some time talking through parts of your drafts.

  • Apollo Hangout: Wednesday, 10-10:45 AM (Abby, Maggie, Meghan)
  • Dionysius Hangout I: Wednesday, 9-9:45 PM (Sydney, Phi, Jackie)
  • Dionysius Hangout II: Thursday, 9-9:45 PM (Sydney, Phi, Jackie)
  • Hermes Hangout: Wednesday, 7:15-8 PM (Sarah & Aubrie)

In preparation for the conference, please be thinking about which part(s) of your draft you’d like us to talk about. These are group conferences, so there a real learning opportunity for everyone involved. By signing on with a clear sense of what you want to get feedback on, we’ll have the best chance of having a productive conference.

NOTE TO DIONYSUS peer group members (Sydney, Phi, Jackie): I’d like for us to move to a single conference time for the group. If I recall, there was a provisional effort to conference in the late afternoon on Wednesday or Thursday.

Kindly post a reply letting me know if you’ll make the conference.

Important: Collapsing Discussion Boards to Dionysus

As we enter the second half of the term, I’m making a change to encourage more interaction and student engagement. It’s a minor change, so don’t worry too much.

I’m collapsing us all into the Dionysus Discussion Board for our discussion work.

We’ll maintain the Apollo, Dionysus, and Hermes peer groups for peer review.

You’ll notice that most of the homework due this week will happen in the Dionysus discussion board. My goal is to make it easier for us to see and comment on work. I also want to encourage more back and forth in the commenting, and discussion boards are best for that work.

Reminder for June 3 & 4 – Conferences (and Gradebook)

We started video conferences last week. There were some hiccups, as is typical, but I hope you’ll agree that we did some good work over those meetings.

Our next round of conferences takes place on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4:

  • Apollo Hangout: Wednesday, May 27, 10-10:45 AM
  • Dionysius Hangout I: Wednesday, 9-9:45 PM
  • Dionysius Hangout II: Thursday, 9-9:45 PM
  • Hermes Hangout: Wednesday, 7:15-8 PM

As before, I’ll run these as Google Hangouts. I’ll open a video hangout a few minutes before the conference start time and invite group members to join it (through your UNE email account).

I have two specific goals for these conferences:

  1. Discussion of the Medium project, with particular emphasis on any challenges you’re facing;
  2. Discussion of Gladwell and Poe, the texts that form the basis for the next paper.

With the exception of paper grades, I expect to have the gradebook updated before noon on Wednesday. (Papers will likely be graded by Wednesday night.)

Kindly post a comment if you cannot make your group’s scheduled conference!

 

Reminders: Peer Review, Upcoming Video Conferences, and Gradebook

Three quick reminders: Peer review, writing group video conferences, and gradebook.

Peer Review

By now, you should have access to most/all of your peer group’s first paper drafts. (Find them in your Shared With Me folder in the left sidebar of your Google Drive account.)

If you do not yet have access, please reach out to the relevant peer(s) whose paper(s) you cannot access. Find each peer’s email address on the Students page!

Be sure to complete the Guide to Peer Review Assignment before doing the actual peer review. Also, please use the Peer Review Guidelines to inform your review. (I use those guidelines to grade peer review, so it makes sense for you to use them.)

Writing Group Conferences

We have group video conferences (Google Hangouts) scheduled for Wednesday (and probably Thursday) this week. Here they are:

  • Apollo Hangout: Wednesday, May 27, 10-10:45 AM
  • Dionysius Hangout I: Wednesday, 9-9:45 PM
  • Dionysius Hangout II: Thursday, 9-9:45 PM
  • Hermes Hangout: Wednesday, 7:15-8 PM

I’ll run these as Google Hangouts. I’ll open a video hangout a few minutes before the conference start time and invite group members to join it (through your UNE email account).

You will have my feedback on your first draft in advance of the scheduled hangout, and I invite you to come to the hangout with questions, comments, and/or ideas.

Since the drafts are all shared, we’ll all be able to see what we’re looking at.

Gradebook

As of Tuesday afternoon, I believe the Gradebook reflects current grades on the different assignments thus far.

As the syllabus indicates, homework is marked done or not done (100 or 0). The grammar quiz grades come right from Norton. Drafts handed in on time are marked as 100 to signal full credit.

Note: I do sometimes err, and I’m fully capable of admitting and correcting a mistake. If you believe I have missed something here, please bring it to my attention via email.

Important: Writing Group Assignments! Check ’em out

I have almost everyone’s conferencing availability, which is great. Based on what I have, I’m creating the following writing groups.

Apollo

  • Maggie
  • Abby
  • Meghan

Dionysus

  • Jackie
  • Sydney
  • Phi
  • Elianna

Hermes

  • Sarah
  • Aubrie
  • Desirae

I do need to add at least one more person to the list!

First Step: Post a reply below to confirm that this works for you.

Second Step: Head over to the Students page (top navigation) and check out your peers. Consider this our “introduction” to each other.

The Plan

Your peer writing group is a stable group that will participate in your relevant discussion board (Apollo, Dionysus, or Hermes) to explore ideas, share challenges, answer questions, etc. Find your discussion board right up in the navigation bar, under “Discussion Boards.”

This group will also work together on peer review of paper drafts, so you know the people with whom you’ll be sharing your first draft of Paper 1 (by 11:59 PM on Monday).

And, in a grand experiment for me this summer, we’ll attempt one weekly, 45-minute group video conference via Google Hangouts. (This didn’t work out so well last summer because some people just never joined the conferences. On the upside, the conferences we did have were great!)

Apollo Hangout: Wednesday, May 27, 10-10:45 AM

Dionysus Hangout: Wednesday, 9-9:45 PM (for a couple weeks, then 4-4:45PM)

Hermes Hangout: Wednesday, 7:15-8 PM

IMPORTANT! Please Read: Youtube Video Introductions

A few of us have brief Youtube video introductions we’ve prepared to help break down the distance that can occur in online courses. I have one at the top of the Students page, for example.

You do need to make those videos public for us to be able to see them. Right now, the ones I have area listed as private.

  • Just go to the “Info and Settings” tab (a pencil icon below your video).
  • Find the dropdown menu that shows Private, Unlisted, and Public as options.
  • Choose Unlisted for a video that only people with the link can access. (I think this is a reasonable balance between privacy and publicity.)
  • Choose Public to make it fully public.

Once you do that, your video SHOULD be visible on the Students page.

In another day or two, once I know that everyone is able to get in and do work on the site, I will put the entire course site behind a password wall. It’s our space, so I’ll create it as our walled garden.

Important! Writing Groups (Please Respond)

This is technically an “asynchronous” writing course, which means that we don’t meet as a class at any specific moment in time.  All we know about online courses, however, points to the continued importance of meaningful interaction. And in a writing course, opportunities to work “together” a bit can really aid learning.

I will break the class into 3 “writing groups” for the term. I have built into the schedule “conferences” on Wednesday and/or Thursday, with the idea that members of a writing group would video conference with me for about 45 minutes each week.  I can move the conference days, of course, if we see it as necessary.

To explore the options here, I need to get a sense of people’s availability.

By Tuesday at 11:59 PM, please comment on this post with a range of your likely availability for conferencing on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

My plan is to host a Google Hangout for each writing group to enable small group video conferencing where we can collectively work on some shared Google Docs in real time, get to know each other, and build the trust and rapport we need to work well together.

Welcome to English Composition Online!

Welcome!

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In an online class, it is essential to get a good early start with the tools for the class.  Our initial assignments intentionally force us to use those tools.

Getting Started 

  1. Take the  Pre-Flight Technology Checklist.
  2. Click the Syllabus link in the top navigation to read about the course.
  3. Click the Schedule link in the top navigation and complete the work listed for May 18 and the “For Next Class” work under May 18. (The “For Next Class” work is due by 11:59PM on Tuesday.)
  4. Report any confusion/problems you encounter in your work in our Ayuda! (Help) forum in the Discussion Board menu in the navbar. Help a peer by responding to questions posed in the comments below or in the Ayuda! forum. (I’ll also help, of course.

 A Note on Time and Workload

This is a four-credit summer online course that meets in a compressed six-week format.  Each week  is equivalent to about 2.3 weeks in a normal semester. In a regular term, this course requires 12-16 hours of class time and homework. Accordingly, you should expect to spend approximately 25 hours (or more) on coursework each week.

This work will ebb and flow, and you’ll find some flexibility in due dates. An assignment that requires active reading and reading response questions may take several hours, if you’re taking it seriously. And it will not be uncommon for you to spend 6-10 hours on a paper draft and another 6-10 hours on a revision. Any craftsman knows that one cannot rush either learning or quality.