Wednesday, October 23

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 10. If you have not turned in your Week 9 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.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something before 4PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned in  something later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Friday drop deadline. This Friday, October 25, is the last day to drop a class with an automatic grade of W on your transcript. So, for any of you who are really having trouble keeping up, please take note of this deadline. If you have any questions about this, make sure you contact me either on Wednesday or Thursday so I'll have time to answer your questions before the Friday deadline.

Finishing the class. I know that many of you are taking this class just to fulfill a General Education requirement, which means that all you need to do is to pass the class. It is fine with me if you stop work for the class once you have the grade you want - no need at all to apologize; that's one of the big advantages of a points-based grading system: you know just what you need to do to finish up! For more information about points and grading, see this Grading Chart.  

Congratulations, Ariel! And on the subject of finishing the class, congratulations to Ariel in Indian Epics, the first person to finish up the class this semester. Hopefully Ariel's example might inspire those of you with intense end-of-semester stuff in your other classes to take advantage of the option in this class to work ahead and finish early. Well done, Ariel!!!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: The Power of Random. If you have looked at the Week 10 Internet assignment, you will see that there is a randomized list of the Storybooks, so I hope that everybody can get at least one and maybe even more comments this week. Randomness is a powerful thing! This blog post explains about the different tools I use for randomizing content and assignments in these online courses if you are curious. Just call me Dr. Random, ha ha.

Featured Storybook: The Greek Game Show. For a hilarious take on the Olympian gods and goddesses, check out John's Storybook for this semester!

FREE Kindle eBook: Household Tales by Brothers Grimm as translated by Margaret Hunt. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is a treasure-trove of fairy tales, familiar and unfamiliar!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If you are afraid to wet your feet, you will never catch fish (an Armenian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Compare the famous proverb alluded to by Lady Macbeth: the poor cat i' the adage who wants a fish, but doesn't want to get its feet wet.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image shows Krishna and the Pandavas. You can see Krishna on the left and the five Pandava brothers on the right.

Thursday Event on Campus: Rob Voci of OU CIDL explains how to earn course credits through CLEP, Advanced Standing Exams, and online classes. The workshop will be in Wagner Hall, room 245, 3:30PM - 4:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Open Access Week. October 21-27 is Open Access Week, with events here on the OU campus and around the world to celebrate open access to scholarship and research! You can find out more about Open Access events on the OU campus at the Libraries website. On Wednesday, there will be an open access coffee meet-up in the Writing Center, 8:30AM - 10AM.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.