Wednesday, September 26

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 6 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 5 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.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 8PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack; here are the contents of the stack.

Week 6 Internet assignment. If you did not read yesterday's announcement about the Week 6 Internet assignment (reading and commenting on Storybook Introductions), please make sure to take a look at that - the assignment is available now!

Working ahead. In this class, unlike in traditional classroom-based classes, you have a lot of options for scheduling your work and managing your time, including the option to to work ahead - and I would really urge you to do that in order to reduce the stress and make better use of your time. If you can just work a day or two ahead, you can save yourself the stress and anxiety of trying to do the work for this class while watching the clock ticking. By working a week ahead, you can get extra credit just for working ahead, and also have the luxury of taking a week off in this class when things get busy in your other classes. Click here for some more good reasons for working ahead in this class!

Writing Tip Wednesday. For this week's writing tip, I wanted to urge everyone to create a Writing Portfolio online where you can showcase the best writing you have done in your college classes. Believe me, when you have a portfolio like that online, publicly documenting your writing skills, it can really bolster your resume, providing something tangible to go along with your GPA. Google Sites is a great tool to use for creating a writing portfolio, for example, so you could create a new GoogleSite for your portfolio and/or you can use GoogleDocs to publish research papers and other long writing samples online. Some schools, like Clemson, are promoting the use of writing portfolios by all students. I don't know how long it will be before OU will do something like that, but you can do it  yourself right now; you don't have to wait for OU to require it.

Wednesday Events on Campus. As part of the Neustadt Festival, Dr. Zoe Sherinian will be presenting her documentary film This Is A Music: Reclaiming An Untouchable Drum, which is about a group of outcaste (untouchable) drummers from rural India. See the film at 6PM in Pitman Recital Hall, Catlett Music Center (time/location/details). Below is a trailer for the movie from YouTube!