Tuesday, September 27

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 6 is on top. This week's topic is the Middle East in Myth-Folklore, and in Indian Epics, Hanuman is on his way to Lanka! If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 6 Internet assignment available NOW. Now that Week 6 has begun, the Week 6 Internet assignment is also available. You will be reading and commenting on four different Introductions this week. You'll find detailed instructions at the Internet assignment page - that assignment is ready to go now, and will be available all week.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Friday or Saturday before 10AM, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. It is really important that you check to make sure your assignment is in the stack. Every week, it seems that at least one email is mysteriously gobbled up by the OU email system - and the sooner you can let me know about that, the better!

D2L Quiz Problems. Around noon on Monday, D2L had the same quiz problems as before, where the quiz did not display and there was only an error message. My apologies for this: we have never had these kinds of problems with D2L before; I can just hope it does not happen again. Thanks to the folks who wrote in about this! A big part of the problem is that the folks in IT do not know there is a problem until someone reports it. The problem has been fixed now, but if it happens again, please let me know!

Tuesday Events. This year's Neustadt Festival of International Literature opens with a public poetry reading by Oklahoma poets Dorothy Alexander, Joey Brown, Nathan Brown, Ken Hada, Carol Hamilton, and Ben Myers. Festivities begin at 7:30PM at the Norman Train Depot, 200 S. Jones Street. Wine and snacks will be served - plus a champagne toast for those who arrive at 7:30PM to open the Festival! (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Tuesday at the Campus Calendar online.

September 27: Rosetta Stone. On this day in the year 1822, Jean-Fran├žois Champollion announced that he had deciphered the Rosetta stone, a crucial step in the interpretation of the ancient Egyptian writing system which was based on hieroglyphs. So, if you keep seeing ads for "Rosetta Stone" language-learning software, you might be interested in reading about the history of the real Rosetta Stone itself! You can find out more in this Wikipedia article, and below you can see a picture of the actual Rosetta Stone itself in the British Museum: