Talk:New Media, Spring 2020/Schedule
Course Update, March 23, 2020
Greetings, and welcome to education in the pandemic. Things won’t change too much for us, fortunately. First off, please read this statement from Professor Brandon Bayne. Let’s try to keep these ideas in mind as we move forward. I’ve just added some technological augmentation to our regular schedule—something you guys should have no problem with. The schedule has been updated to reflect the following.
Our regularly scheduled face-to-face meetings will now happen on Zoom. Since the university does not have a license for Zoom, these meetings will be limited to 40 minutes. That should be OK; they will still help us touch base and get an overview of the play week’s material. (That said, we may need to add an additional session for the Murray group to present—if so, that will be on 4/16.) Please be on-time and ready to go for these sessions. These meetings are mandatory; I will be taking attendance and counting tardies. Set up your Zoom account well before our first meeting on 3/31. If you want to try it out, I will hold office hours later this week in my virtual office: Thursday, March 26, from 10a–12p. Stop in any time.
Our regular online days will add a forum discussion of the play we’re covering that week. I added new software to facilitate these discussions, so use this week to open your account and get familiar with the interface. Be sure you go through the guided introductory tutorial when you first log in—this is necessary to unlock some features you’ll need. Since I have to approve all new accounts, the sooner you take care of this, the better.
For these discussions, plan on a minimum of two posts per week, but the object here is to have a discussion about the text. Please read “Academic Forum Posts” to get an idea of how to use this software. Content-wise, you may discuss anything you’d like about the material we read for the week. Posts should always focus on one aspect of the texts. If you have more to say, start a new topic. The best posts will incorporate research: i.e., bring in secondary critical analyses to help all of us understand the ideas better.
That’s about all for now. I hope you all are safe and well. I thank you for being flexible and soldiering on—what choice do we have, right? Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Why not say hello in the lounge (once you unlock it), post questions in the Help forum, or get in touch on my Wikipedia talk page.
See you soon!
Group Assignments for 1/28