Check out this week's short video (about 5 minutes) from McKitterick:
And a bonus video this week!
Because this is a new version of this course, check the
and modules list
Finish the readings before the discussion starting on Monday at noon.
Finish the supplementary readings before the discussion begins on Monday. These and lots more are also available on the Handouts page.
This Week's Discussion
Everyone leads discussions this week! We have two separate categories: Measures of Good and Standout Communication and Peer-Reviewing. Discussion threads must be posted by noon on Monday - so everyone has a chance to read and respond in a timely manner. Prepare to discuss at least three of the measures in terms of the good (or terrible) document you found. Also prepare your thoughts for a discussion on peer reviewing.
A) We'll discuss in-class what you had to say in your Survey exercise, so have that ready.
B) We'll also discuss the "Measures of Good and Standout Communication" (create a new thread in the second week's Discussion Board for each topic).
For this discussion:
C) Everyone participates in this week's Blackboard discussion about "Peer-Reviewing." I'll post a single, separate thread.
Things to consider for this thread:
Discussion leaders usually start the conversations by noon on Monday. Everyone else: Get involved right away. Everyone is required to lead at least two discussions, and everyone is required to participate in these discussions by posting useful responses to the student leaders' prompts, or at least in response to other comments in the discussion forum. Your participation level - even when not leading discussions - strongly affects your semester grade, so get fully engaged every week!
Please also rate your fellow students' posts and responses each week: If your discussion posts earn high ratings (more stars) from your peers, this gives a bonus effect at semester's end so do your best when posting discussion prompts and responding to others' posts. At the same time, the "star" rating for semester-end bonus doesn't work unless everyone participates....
Drive-Car procedural document due to Blackboard before class on Wednesday, where you'll exchange with a peer-reviewer. You do not need to revise this document per your peer-reviewer's comments, but look them over for hints on how to improve on future projects.
After completing each assignment, make sure to back it up (I recommend using a low-cost USB flash device like this or a Web service like Dropbox) before you turn it in or send it to your peer-review partner. Even if you are late creating a project, you can often avoid getting zero points for that assignment by completing it and turning it in to Blackboard late. Be aware that turning in late projects could harm your peer-review partner's score, as well, so be thoughtful.
Upload all exercises and assignments to Blackboard only after you address your peer-review partner's suggestions. Use the appropriate Blackboard assignment slot ("Good Tech Doc" and so forth). Don't turn in projects via email unless requested.
Exchange your Drive-Car procedural document with your chosen partner on Wednesday (or in the room during class) - earlier is better! You can contact other students directly (tutorial here) through Blackboard.
We'll do peer-reviews several more times, so it's a good idea to make efficient collaboration habits now!
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Last updated 8/24/2015.