Monday, March 30

Today is Monday. Week 10 is now over... and Week 11 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 10 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is the British Isles, and in Indian Epics you have a choice of Buck's Mahabharata or readings from the India units in the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook. I hope you will enjoy the week!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the stack that were turned in over the weekend. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Project stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Indian Epics: Weeks 11-14. (repeat announcement) There's a twist in the reading routine for Indian Epics in Weeks 11-14 so that you will be choosing what you want to read: Buck's Mahabharata (for four weeks) OR four one-week long reading options from the Myth-Folklore class. This is like the two-week choice period you had earlier back in Weeks 6 and 7, but this time the choice period lasts for four weeks. You should have a good idea now if you want to read Buck's book ($12 in the OU Bookstore), or whether you would prefer to explore some other Indian storytelling traditions instead. It's your choice! :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Learning Resource: Skills Of Modern Learners. This great graphic is by one of my favorite education bloggers, Jackie Gerstein.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SITAR, which comes to English from Hindi. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Legendary Heroines. In this Storybook, the diaries of four courageous women — Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Zenobia, and Lady Godiva — speak for themselves.

FREE eBook: Ballads of Robin Hood and Other Outlaws by Frank Sidgwick. This blog post provides additional information about the wonderful ballads in this book.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every blade of grass gets its own drop of dew (a Scottish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Nature takes care of her own!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Vyasa and Ganesha as Vyasa dictates the Mahabharata to him.

Monday Event on Campus: Vanessa Tucker, vice president for analysis at the international watchdog project called Freedom House, will give a talk — "Measuring Freedom: An Exploration of Freedom House’s Research and Analysis" — at noon in Hester Hall 145. (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.