Thursday, November 3

Today is Thursday of WEEK 11. There is nothing due today, which makes it the perfect day to get ahead and/or do some extra credit. Here is a link to this week's assignments. If you want to have a complete Dead Week in this class, do some extra credit now! Check the "Countdown" in the sidebar to see if you are on track to finish before Dead Week.

Update: The Week 11 blog groups are ready now! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. On Wednesday, I got through all the projects turned in before 8PM on Sunday, and I'll keep working on the Sunday evening assignments today. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Michaela's survey. (repeat announcement) Here is another Capstone survey; this one comes from Michaela in Indian Epics, and it is for past study abroad participants (Michaela is studying the relationship between language study and study abroad satisfaction): Study Abroad Survey.

Online education survey. A graduate student in OU's Education School contacted me with another survey to share: this one is about student attitudes in online courses: Community and Collaboration Online. There will be a raffle for people who complete this survey; you could win a $50 Amazon gift card!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. This imaginary map features authors and books as geographical features; find out more here: Map of Literature.


Creativity. Words of wisdom from the Minister of Silly Walks himself, John Cleese: Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.

Spelling. One of the many typos that the spellchecker cannot help you with: DAIRY versus DIARY.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Creatures of Irish Lore. Seeking shelter from the rain, some American tourists stumble into an Irish pub where they hear first-hand stories about banshees, leprechauns, merrows, and fairies too, of course.

Free Book Online: The Kathakosha, or, Treasury of Stories, translated by C. H. Tawney. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a collection of stories from the Jain religious community of India.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is If I laugh not, how can I live? (a Kashmiri proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. My guess is that people need at least one good LOL every single day. Or more!

Today's Video: Temples in India. I think everyone might enjoy this Epified video:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is an online learner: Not sure what to do next? Find an example online. You can find more examples of growth mindset cats online at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a workshop on Ebook Tips and Tricks in Bizzell Library from 1:30PM - 2:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 3: Carracci. Today marks the birthday in 1560 of the Italian painter Annibale Carracci, who is famous for his paintings on both religious and mythological subjects, like this famous painting of Venus and her lover Adonis. You can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia.

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