Tuesday, February 3

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 3 of the class. For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 4 and 5 are also available! If you have not turned in your Week 2 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Storybook Coverpages. The folks who are working ahead have started publishing their Storybook Coverpages - exciting! That is the Week 4 Internet assignment - and you can see coverpages coming online in each class. Congratulations to those of you getting such a good head start on the semester!

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the HUGE stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on or before Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, 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. I read the assignments in the order that they are turned in, so the later you turn in the assignment, the longer you'll need to wait to get the comments back. It usually takes me all week to get comments back on all the Storybook assignments people have turned in. In fact, this is the main part of my job teaching online: I spend about 30 hours each week reading the Storybook assignments each week! :-)

Adding Images to Your Webpages. Congratulations to everybody who published their first webpages - you are now webmasters! For the Week 3 Internet assignment, you will be adding images to your pages. Again, as with last week's assignment, please try to do this early in the week if it is your first time creating and publishing webpages. I am available during the week to help you if you run into any snags as you add images to your pages and publish them. You might also want to try the Technology Tip about Resizing Images since you will have the best success with images that you have cropped and resized exactly the way you want for your webpages.

Dancing Shiva. I thought I would include a note in the Announcements today about a small article that I published this month in an online mythology journal, Journey to the Sea, that was founded this year by a former student in the Mythology and Folklore course, Randy Hoyt (he took the class back in Fall 2003; he has since gone on to get a Master's degree in the OU Business School, and he now works as a webmaster for Blockbuster down in Dallas). The article is about a particular style of representing the god Shiva as a dancer, the Nataraja, or "Lord of the Dance." Because it is about Shiva, I thought this article would be of interest to those of you in the Indian Epics class - and for those of you in the other classes, I thought you might be inspired to see how a student with a strong personal interest in mythology and literature has turned that personal interest into a great little online journal, making wonderful use of his web design skills (skills which far exceed my own!). You can read the article here: Shiva, Lord of the Dance.