Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thesis Seminar Recap

For those taking Thesis Seminar, this week's recap includes APA references and aligning level II and level III headings with your thesis statement.  This week we need to begin working on your literature review, making sure headings align to the thesis statement and topic sentences (of paragraphs) align with each respective level III heading.  Remember, our deadline for completing our literature review is March 2, 2012.

APA References:


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Headings that align with thesis statement:

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Writing II: Computer Lab Activity

For those students taking Writing II this semester, your task is to complete the following:

  1. This week we spent time listening to Don Cornelius and Soul Train. Watch this video about how to create a blog post in the Collaborative Understandings website, and post your two paragraphs that you worked on in pairs this week.  Although each of you worked on one paragraph individually, you are encouraged to make any final changes to either paragraph before posting to the blog.

  2. Once you have posted your two paragraphs to the blog, find two other blog posts from your classmates and provide a comment of at least 100 words.  Based on what your classmates wrote, compare this story with some personal experience.  It might be something related to Soul Train and/or Don Cornelius or anything else that was mentioned in the original blog post. 

  3. Watch this video and create a word list of 10 new words at

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Activity Wall

For those credit-seeking students taking Thesis Seminar and Writing II, take a look at the following video on how to use Activity Wall:

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For more videos related to the Collaboratve Understandings website, click the video tab above.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thesis Seminar: Introduction, Thesis Statement, & Research Questions

Group: Thesis Seminar

Wiki: Thesis Seminar Wiki

Note: You should be finished with your introduction and research questions by now and should be working on finishing your literature review.

In your introduction (approximately 250 words), include two paragraphs that introduce your thesis statement. The first paragraph will begin with a hook or some quote that grabs the attention of your audience. The rest of the paragraph will provide a background or context of your essay. The second paragraph will address the problem and purpose of your essay. In both paragraphs, use citations to link your ideas to outside sources. Your second paragraph will conclude with a thesis statement (one sentence) that includes your topic and your opinion – the main idea of your entire essay. This is the “blueprint” of your essay. The main headings of your thesis (level II headings) will provide the three main points that relate directly to your thesis statement. See the video below for more details pertaining to how to develop a good thesis statement.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Educational Philosophy

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Today's post - Leverage Learning Not Teaching–A Reflection on Sugata Mitra’s Emergent Pedagogy « Cooperative Catalyst. - made me reflect on my own educational philosophy:

My educational philosophy is to facilitate learners in becoming more apt to form logical arguments, solve problems, resolve conflict (understanding and resolving differences of opinion), and create innovative ways of communicating with others.  My role is to move learners from being dependent, to independent, to interdependent individuals who are not afraid to take chances, share their successes and failures with others, and are concerned for the well-being of not only themselves, but for others as well.  I want to help others become more daring, sharing, and caring individuals.

What's your educational philosophy?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thesis Seminar Recap (Introduction and Research Questions)

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Writing II: Respond to a Narrative Essay

For those who are taking Writing II and who are writing narrative essays:

Today you are to respond to one of the narrative essays by including a comment.  Your comment might include some of the following:

  • What you found interesting about the story

  • Any experiences that you had that relate to the story

  • What you learned from having read the story

After you read the story and you have provided a 200-250 word comment, ask a -wh question (how, why, when, where, or with whom) that relates to the story.  Once you have completed your comment, go to your wiki and respond to any comments and questions others have posted to your narrative essay. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Weekly Reflections for Thesis Seminar

For those who are taking Thesis Seminar (group) this semester, remember to upload your reflections/log (approximately 250 words) to your own personal wiki between Thursday and Saturday of each week.  You should include the following:

  • What you accomplished for the week

  • What difficulties you had

  • What you plan to accomplish for the following week, and

  • What you would like us to discuss during our next face-to-face tutoring sessions.
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Obviousness of Open Policy

A webinar with Cable Green on "The Obviousness of Open Policy."- The Internet, increasingly affordable computing, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources provide the foundation for a world, Cable says, in which a quality education can be a basic human right. Yet before we break the "iron triangle" of access, cost and quality with new models, he argues that we need to educate policy makers about the obviousness of open policy: public access to publicly funded resources.



Live Interview Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - Cable Green on "The Obviousness of Open Policy"

​Future of Education


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thesis Seminar Recap

For those who are writing a thesis for Thesis Seminar, I've included a weekly recap below: 


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Writing II: Narrative Essays

For those who are writing a narrative essay in Writing II, your final drafts are due on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.  If you have questions about how to edit wikis or any other aspects of the Collaborative Understandings website, click the Videos tab and refer to the links under the CU website tutorials.  

Your narrative essay should include the following:

  • Introduction: quotation, background, main topic, and linking sentence to your first subtopic.

  • Subtopic 1 (MEAL plan): main idea, evidence, analyze, and link

  • Subtopic 2 (MEAL plan): main idea, evidence, analyze, and link

  • Subtopic 3 (MEAL plan): main idea, evidence, analyze, and link

  • Conclusion: Opener, restate your main topic, how you changed as a person, and concluding sentence

Also, include five new words or phrases that you've learned over the last two weeks and include these words or phrases in blue and bold.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Online Reputation Management

Great video on online reputation management, a topic all college students should be aware of.  Matt Ivester's book: lol...OMG!


Have you done an online personal inventory lately?  Google (and Yahoo and Bing) yourself!