2021-01-14, 10:07: Avatar and the Joy of the World in our Class
There's been a significant uptick in students adding avatar pictures in D2L: thank you! I look forward to seeing 100% of the class with pictures.
As the introductions and personal conversations I'm having with students have made increasingly clear, we have an incredibly diversity of students. It is a joy that as we discuss world history, we have people who trace their lineages to all parts of the US and the globe and come from a myriad of backgrounds. Normandale prides itself on welcoming students of all background, treating all students "with equality and dignity without discrimination regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, economic, and/or marital status." 1 As I hope you come to appreciate over this semester, that diversity is a core strength of world history students as we attempt to explain the past from historical actors whose perspectives are different from our own.
2021-01-13, 14:52: Hello! Is it you I'm looking for?
Many of you have not introduced yourselves on our Consultation discussion board. During a non-first-week of class, Consultations close tonight at 10 p.m. So, if I didn't see that you'd posted, or read someone else's posts, I email you today to offer my help. Those who still haven't posted by tomorrow may receive a phone call checking in.
Why? Research shows that students who engage in a robust way in the first week in class persist in the class and pass the class at a higher rate. So, I'm going to do the things that will help students engage and encourage questions that may be stumbling blocks.
We get there together, or we don't get there at all.
2021-01-12, 14:55- Dropped grades and pictures in D2L
Per your syllabus, I drop you two lowest quiz scores and experiment scores and your lowest four consultations and reflections. D2L will drop your lowest scores automatically, but it only drops what it can see, so you first two scores of the semester are always dropped, regardless of the grade.
To upload a picture of yourself to D2L, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of D2L and select profile. Please use a photo of just you, or an avataar. I used Avataaars to create this: In the midst of online courses, it's important to highlight our shared humanity as we talk to other humans, not to generic grey figure icons. You be you, digitally.
2021-01-11, 13:55- Intro video to our course.
I made a short (5 min) video walking you through the web pages and organization of our course. Let me know as you have questions. Questions are like air in college: we should notice their absence, not their presence.
Welcome to our Course
2021-01-10, 21:57 - Please read this first, then review the syllabus, and poke around our D2L page. Questions? Email me or, even better, put them in this week's Consultation discussion board so that all can benefit from your curiosity.