Tuesday, April 22

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 14, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available, and so is the Internet assignment for Week 15. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is American folklore, and in Indian Epics you'll be finishing up Buck's Mahabharata. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 13 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Ballots. 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. The ballot contains links to the Storybooks nominated in your class, and maybe you will want to visit the Storybooks in the other class too! 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 on Friday. 

Storybook stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment on Friday or Saturday, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in your assignment on Sunday or Monday, your assignment is still in the stack; you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your email. Meanwhile, if the points for that assignment will give you the points you need to finish the class, send me a separate email to let me know, and I'll put your Storybook at the top of the stack.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

OU Resource: Library Survey. Because so many of you are seniors, I'm sure you have been making good use of the OU Library researching your Capstone and other senior projects. There is a new survey from the Library about their website; if you have a few minutes to complete the survey, your input would be very valuable! My favorite part of the Library website is the way you can create a personalized homepage with the databases and resources you use a single click away.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TITANIC which is from the name of the Greek gods called Titans. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Marvelous Mermaid Tales. In this Storybook from last year, you get to meet Charley Greene. Charley loved the sound of the waves and the feel of the sand between her toes — but she never expected to meet a mermaid as she walked along the beach!

FREE Kindle eBook: The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The first volume of Kipling's Jungle Book is also available as a free Kindle ebook.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Paddle your own canoe (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. You have to paddle for yourself because nobody can paddle it for you!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the death of Bhishma. As you can see, he is resting on the bed of arrows.

Tuesday Event on Campus: The Sooner Bassooners will be giving a concert at 8PM in Pitman Recital Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 22: Earth Day. Today, April 22, is Earth Day, an environmental holiday which was first celebrated in 1970. You can read about this holiday in Wikipedia. In honor of Earth Day this year, I wanted to reflect for a moment on how much paper we have saved in this class. Based on the writing assignments each week for the total number of students in these two online classes, I would estimate that we have saved about 9000 pages, or 18 reams of paper, this semester by doing the writing online rather than printing it out in traditional form - so by working together in this way, we have saved a tree! Happy Earth Day!

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