Class Report; ENGL 216, 12 December 2017

Class time was given over to the Final Exam, details about which are in the course shell. Students are advised that it, and any work form Week 7 not previously submitted, must be turned in before the end of day Saturday, 16 December 2017, to be awarded credit. The session ends at that time, and later submission cannot be accepted.

The class met, as usual, at 1800 in Rm. 107 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed seven students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, one attended, verified informally; student participation was as expected. Office hours were cancelled due to personal obligations.

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Class Report: ENGL 135, 7 December 2017

Owing to concerns of weather and travel, class was cancelled with permission from University supervision. An assignment meant to compensate for the cancellation was posted to the course shell and is due as a Word document before 0059 on 11 December 2017; its submission will count as attendance for the missed class.

Other assignments coming due and to be graded as normal are

  • Discussion Posts, due online before 0059 on 11 December 2017
    • Remember that this week’s discussions are prescribed by the University; see the grading rubric in the Files portion of the course shell.
  • Course Project: Final Draft, due online before 0059 on 11 December 2017 as a Word document

Students are reminded that next week’s class meeting will be given over entirely to the Reflective Postscript assignment. The classroom will be opened at the scheduled time, and the instructor will be present, but no other activities are planned.

Class Report: ENGL 216, 5 December 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting, discussion turned to concerns of presentations and treated an example of a report. Attention was also paid to upcoming assignments, of which the most imminent are

  • Online Discussions, due before 0059 on 10 December 2017
    • Remember that the current week’s discussion grading differs from earlier weeks; information is in the course shell.
  • Course Project Second Draft, due before 0059 on 10 December 2017 as a Word document
  • Course Project Presentation, due before 0059 on 10 December 2017 as a narrated PowerPoint file

The class met, as usual, at 1800 in Rm. 107 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed seven students enrolled, a decline of one since the last class meeting. Of them, four attended, verified informally; student participation was reasonably good. No students attended office hours.

Initial Comments for the January 2018 Session at DeVry University in San Antonio

Not too long ago, I signed my teaching contract for the January 2018 session at DeVry University in San Antonio, Texas, which extends from 1 January through 25 February 2018. I am pleased to note that I will be working with a single set of students across the eight-week span, a group enrolled in ENGL 216: Technical Writing. I was assigned the course during the November 2017 session, and I found it a relatively congenial experience. That I get to approach the class again pleases me.

It does so in part because I will be trying something new to me in the coming session. I have noticed an unfortunate decline in attendance, as I have attested in blog posts throughout my time teaching at DeVry. It is my hope that doing more to put my lectures and the like online for students to access will improve student performance, and I hope also to guide my students more directly than I have tended to do in the past. (I recall having better results with them when I have defined tasks more narrowly. But that may be faulty recall, admittedly.)

Too, I can use the practice in developing materials. I have not been attending to this webspace nearly so much as I ought to, and having more to put here will be of benefit…