Wednesday, November 30

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 14 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 13 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Course evaluation at After an initial mix-up, the course evaluations are now available at THANKS in advance for your input. Every semester I make changes to these classes, trying out new things, improving things, etc., and your input is extremely valuable in deciding what changes to make. It is also very important in determining the future of the online course program; there is still a lot of resistance to online courses at OU, and student input is crucial in determining what direction the online course program will take at OU.

Storybook Stack. There are still quite a few Storybook assignments in the stack, but I have managed to read and respond to everything turned in last week or over the weekend. Storybooks turned in on Monday or later are probably still in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Also, if the points from the Storybook will give you what you need to finish the class, send me an email to let me know, and I'll put your Storybook at the top of the stack. :-)

Storybook Ballots. (repeat announcement) I've tallied up the nominations that people turned in (thanks to everybody who participated in that part of the process!), and you can see the top nominations for each class here: Storybook Ballot Fall 2011. The ballot contains LINKS to all the Storybooks which you can use to refresh your memory - and also to visit the Storybooks in the other class, if you are curious. For each class, you will find the actual ballot for voting in Desire2Learn in Week 14. This is just for fun - not for points or a grade or anything. If you have a few minutes to spare, please vote for your own personal favorites! The ballot will be available until 5PM on Thursday of this week and I'll announce the results Friday.

Week 15 Schedule Note. (repeat announcement) For those of you who will still be doing class work during Week 15 (dead week), please be aware that it is on a different schedule: the final deadline for Week 15 assignments is Friday, December 9, at noon. There is no weekend time and there is no Monday morning grace period, since that would run into final exam times. As a result, your Week 14 Storybook assignment must be turned in by Monday noon, December 5, at the latest - I cannot accept late Storybooks for Week 14 because that would not give me time to get comments back to you for your Week 15 assignment. So, please take note: no late Week 14 Storybook assignments.

Wednesday Events on Campus. There will be a seminar on Final Exams & Test Management at 4PM in Wagner Hall 245 (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Wednesday at the Campus Calendar online.

November 30: Mark Twain. Today, November 30, marks the birthday of Mark Twain in the year 1835. As the author of Huckleberry Finn, Twain is one of the most important authors in the American literary tradition - and also one of the funniest. My favorite of Twain's books is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which you can read online here - with illustrations, too! The image below shows Twain accepting an honorary degree at Oxford University in 1907: