Tuesday, February 17

DESIRE2LEARN OUTAGE. Because of the Desire2Learn outage on Tuesday afternoon, the Tuesday deadlines have been extended until Wednesday. You will see the new dates reflected in the quizzes and declarations there in Desire2Learn. I hope you will do the Tuesday assignments tonight, but the deadline has been extended until Wednesday, just in case the outage caused any problems for people trying to do the work on Tuesday afternoon. Thank you for your patience with the technical glitch!

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5 of the class. The Week 5 Internet assignment is available starting today! For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 6 and 7 are also available. If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 5 Internet assignment available NOW. For the next eight weeks (Week 5 through Week 12), your Internet assignment will consist of reading people's Storybooks and leaving comments for them. This is an assignment that you cannot do early - but on the first day of each week, the Internet assignment becomes available, and you have the rest of the week to complete it. So, today, Tuesday, is the first day of Week 5, and the Internet assignment for Week 5 is available. I hope you will enjoy looking at other people's coverpages and giving them some feedback! Please take a look at the Week 5 Internet assignment page now to make sure your coverpage link and the link to your Comment Wall is correct (you should see yourself listed once in each column). Once I get this set up, it runs pretty smoothly, but it is rather complicated to get set up the first time around, so please let me know if you run into any problems at all as you do this assignment - THANK YOU.

The Ning Comment Wall. People will be leaving comments about your Storybook at the Ning Comment Wall which is part of your Profile page. In order to get your Profile page ready, I would strongly suggest that you make the latest activity and blog activity invisible, so that there will be more room on your Profile page for the Comment Wall. I have created a Technology Tip so you can get extra credit for cleaning up your Ning Profile in order to make room for all the activity that will now start happening at your Comment Wall! :-)

Storybook Stack. This week is probably the single biggest week for me in terms of the Storybook stack, and there is still a very large number of assignments waiting in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning, you should have comments back from me now. Otherwise, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

February 17: Loreena McKennit. Today marks the birthday in 1957 of the Canadian musician Loreena McKennit. Happy birthday, Loreena! In the spirit of myth and folklore, Loreena has done wonderful work with traditional ballads and melodies from Celtic and Middle Eastern traditions and has created a distinctive wonderful style all her own. You can read about her work and career in this Wikipedia article, and you can listen to her MARVELOUS rendition of the traditional ballad, The Highwayman, here at YouTube.com.