Week 2: January 13 and 15

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Tuesday, January 13

Due Today

In-Class Activities

  • Overview of the Course Drupal Site
  • Inventory of Classroom Technologies (software, display/presentation, peripherals). In groups of three or four, take inventory of software, hardware, and peripherals that we have available to us in the MATRF.

Activities to Complete by Thursday, January 15

  • I've created a post on the course home page (Introductions) inviting you to introduce yourself. Post a comment to that post in which you
    • describe where you are from
    • give your course of study and year in your graduate program
    • talk about your areas of scholarly/creative interest and career goals
    • tell what you would like to get out of this course
    • describe one or more of your favorite books and what you like about it; include an image of the book's cover, which you can get with a Google image search.
  • Send an email to me (dblakes@clemson.edu) to let me know that you've begun the course successfully. Your email should be sent before Thursday's class meeting. I will reply (almost always within 24 hours, often much faster). Your email should follow the principles and conventions of writing effective email (PDF at Dropbox).

Thursday, January 15

Due Today

  • I've created a post on the course home page (Introductions) inviting you to introduce yourself. Post a comment to that post in which you
    • describe where you are from
    • give your course of study and year in your graduate program
    • talk about your areas of scholarly/creative interest and career goals
    • tell what you would like to get out of this course
    • describe one or more of your favorite books and what you like about it; include an image of the book's cover, which you can get with a Google image search.
  • Send an email to me (dblakes@clemson.edu) to let me know that you've begun the course successfully. Your email should be sent before Thursday's class meeting. I will reply (almost always within 24 hours, often much faster). Your email should follow the principles and conventions of writing effective email (PDF at Dropbox).

In-Class Activities

  • Inventory of Classroom Technologies (software, display/presentation, peripherals). In groups of three or four, take inventory of software, hardware, and peripherals that we have available to us in the MATRF.

Activities to Complete by Tuesday, January 20

  • Create your first blog post. We will go over best practices for posting (the best way to "show your work") during class. Topic: Please read and ponder parts 1 and 2 of Show Your Work by Austin Kleon ("You Don't Have to Be a Genius" and "Think Process, Not Product"). Read "Principles of Reading Responses and then follow the general principles of posting to your blog here: Principles for Posting to Your Weblog. You could take the "advice" Kleon offers and run with it (so, "Be an Amateur" might prompt a response about something that deeply interests you, that you know a lot about, but that you also have never really been formally trained to study as a student or scholar). There are a bunch of other possibilities, jumping off from lots of tidbits in these two sections. Remember also that the point of this is to "Show Your Work" (e.g., share your creativity and get discovered), so you're writing to a broad audience of smart people (not just the ones in our class!). Remember: 150-200 words, at least two images, and at least two links. You can get stock images from Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons, or Unsplash. (These and other links to asset archives are collected on our course site here. Please record any citation information so that you can add it to your captions. TAGS: blog1, show your work, and any others that may be relevant.