Monday, November 25

Today is Monday, but this Monday is not the end of a week. Instead, Week 14 continues for the duration of the holiday week. ALL the remaining Week 14 assignments are available now, including the Week 14 Internet assignment (see below). You can complete those assignments any time this week, with a grace period on Monday morning, December 2, after Thanksgiving.

These announcements are for Monday through Saturday.
There will be new announcements on Sunday, December 1.
Meanwhile, enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 14 Internet assignment. The Week 14 Internet assignment is available now, and it offers two possible ways for you to provide feedback about the class. The website is now open where you can evaluate all of your OU classes - and there is an iPad lottery for students who participate in the evaluation process. In addition, you might want to leave some advice for future students in this class (you may remember those comments of previous students from way back at the beginning of the semester). The Week 14 Internet assignment provides details about all of this - and THANK YOU in advance for your feedback about the class. I really appreciate it, as most of the ideas for how these classes work have come from students over the past ten years!

Week 14 Schedule. (repeat announcement) Week 14 lasts during this holiday week, with the usual grace period on Monday morning, December 2. I will go through the Storybook stack on Monday morning to return comments and record grades. Anything you turn in during this week will go into the stack for Monday, December 2. I will be checking email periodically during the holiday week, although I will not be as quick to respond as during the regular work week. For those of you who are traveling for the holidays, I wish you safe and happy travels!!!

Week 15 Schedule. Week 15 will start after Thanksgiving on Tuesday, December 3, and all work for the class is due at the latest on Friday, December 6. Because of that compressed schedule, there will be no opportunity for late Week 14 Storybooks. If you are turning in a Week 14 Storybook, you must get that to me by the end of the grade period on Monday morning at the very latest, and the Week 15 Storybook assignment is due by Friday at noon.

Final Grades. (repeat announcement) As you reach the points you need for your final grade in this class - 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B, 320 points for a C - let me know, and I'll record the letter grade for you there in the Desire2Learn Gradebook. You can mix and match whatever assignments you prefer to get the final points you need, but be careful as you make your choices so that you don't accidentally come up short of the points you will need.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Fly to Paradise. As an example of storytelling in audio and visual form, I thought you might enjoy this performance by Eric Whitacre and his virtual choir, with its thousands of voices!

Featured Storybook: Odysseus Goes Shopping. In this Storybook from last year, the travels of Odysseus are actually a shopping trip for Thanksgiving!

FREE Kindle eBook: The Real Mother Goose edited by Blanche Fisher Wright. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You will find many familiar nursery rhymes here, along with many I suspect you have never heard before!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is There’s a many a slip between cup and lip (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. In other words, even small projects - like taking a drink - do not always turn out as planned. Such is life!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Ganesha. Ganesha is important to the Mahabharata as it was Ganesha who wrote down the epic while Vyasa dictated.

Monday Event on Campus: Assuming that campus is open, there will be a free showing of the documentary film Girl Rising in Meachan Auditorium at 7:30 PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. You can find out more about the film in the trailer from YouTube:

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