Using the prompt for Blog Posting Four as a starting point, we will hold two simultaneous discussions, one out loud and one online using the site TodaysMeet.
Form two circles, an inner and an outer. The inner circle will hold a discussion out loud. The outer will hold one online. After ten minutes, we will switch roles.
Discussion with Dr. Rebecca Weaver of Perimeter College, Georgia State University about her college themed courses, which have included a project researching advice students receive upon starting college.
Nnedi Okorafor and Science Fiction
In preparation to read Nnedi Okorafor’s novel Binti, students viewed this talk that she gave and answered questions.
Excerpt from Student Response to the final question (shared with permission):
What connections do you draw between topics Okorafor addressed and other texts we have read or ideas we have discussed this term? What can learning about Binti and science fiction teach you about college life in general and at NYIT?
Learning about Binti and science fiction teaches current students at NYIT what it means to be passionate. Okorafor explains science fiction is the genre of invention, to want to invent one needs to feel passionate enough to change something. This shows the passion one has to have to seek change and do something different.
App Design Shark Tank!
Students presenting their apps for judges, NYIT's Danielle Apfelbaum, Librarian at Wisser Library and Victoria Farris, Associate Dean of Students.
My Freshman Year
In Class: Monday 10.23
On page four of Rebekah Nathan's My Freshman Year, she provides four questions that guided her research (below with slight variations):
1. What is the current culture at AnyU?
2. How do contemporary students understand their education, and what do they want from it?
3. How do students negotiate university life?
4. What does college really teach?
Working in four groups (each corresponding to a question), discuss your question with regard to NYIT and your ideas for apps. After 10-15 minutes, each group will give a 1-2 minute "lightening talk" presentation of their findings that incorporates each group member.
Academic Spaces in Digital Archives
In Class: Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
May Sarton's The Small Room (1961) is a novel about the college experience from a professor's perspective. Sarton taught at Wellesley College from 1960-1964. Today we will investigate what the college was like in Sarton's time by searching Wellesley's digital repository. Working in small groups, you will pair at least one article, image, or advertisement from the newspapers with at least one quotation from the novel, drawing conclusions about why their similarities or differences matter. Paste your findings and record your observations in a Google Doc. We will share our responses at the end of class.
You might discuss instances in which Sarton is mentioned or aspects of the novel of interest to you. Include a link to the issue that you cite as well as its date and publication information. What does browsing through the college newspaper teach you about the time period? How does it change your sense of the novel? What light does the novel shed on your navigation of the newspapers? These are questions you can consider as you browse and respond to your selections.
Issue Six Infographics
In Class: Monday, September 25
Working in small groups, make an infographic about the research methods in Issue Six of Understanding Rhetoric using Piktochart.com.
Each group will focus on 1/5 of the chapter. Divide up the tasks among your group members. Group members can work on the design, mine the text, and determine how best to present the information.
With ten minutes left in the class session, email the finished product to the instructor who will display it for the class.
Much has changed since William Zinsser's wrote "College Pressures." You will spend 25-30 minutes writing a paragraph that argues why at least one aspect of Zinsser's essay continues to speak to us.
In structure, your paragraph will resemble the sample paragraph on page 164 in Issue Four of Understanding Rhetoric, analyzing at least one quotation from Zinsser's essay. Consult the format for incorporating quotations in MLA style in Purdue Owl.
Compose your paragraph in a Google Document. We will discuss your responses.