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…

Class Report: ENGL 135, 30 November 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting and before, discussion turned to concerns of counter-points in argument and to document design. It also treated upcoming assignments, such as those coming due soon:

  • Discussion Posts, due online before 0059 on 4 December 2017 2017
    • Remember that three quality posts are expected in each graded thread.
  • Course Project: Second Draft, due online before 0059 on 4 December 2017 as a Word document

The class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 114 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed eight students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, four attended, verified informally. Student participation was good. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 216, 28 November 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting, discussion turned to concerns of writing for the web, collaboration, and transmittal materials. Attention was also paid to upcoming assignments, of which the most imminent are

  • Online Discussions, due before 0059 on 3 December 2017
    • Remember that the current week’s discussion grading differs from earlier weeks; information is in the course shell.
  • Course Project Front Matter, due before 0059 on 3 December 2017 as a Word document

The class met, as usual, at 1800 in Rm. 107 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed eight students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, five attended, verified informally; student participation was adequate. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 216, 21 November 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting, discussion turned to concerns of document design, including page type, page layout, typeface, and graphics. Attention was also given to ongoing and upcoming assignments, of which the following are soon coming due:

  • Online Discussions, due before 0059 on 27 November 2017
  • Course Project First Draft, due before 0059 on 27 November 2017 as a Word document

The class met, as usual, at 1800 in Rm. 107 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed eight students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, four attended, verified informally; student participation was reasonably good. Office hours this week were preempted by a rescheduled class.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 20 November 2017

In a session conducted online against the forthcoming holiday (and which was recorded; the recording will be made available hen compiled), lecture treated concerns of argument analysis and drafting before turning to assignments coming due. Those assignments are

  • Discussion Posts, due online before 0059 on 27 November 2017
    • Remember that three quality posts are expected in each graded thread.
  • Annotated Bibliography Collaboration, due online before 0059 on 27 November 2017 as a Word document
  • Course Project: First Draft, due online before 0059 on 27 November 2017 as a Word document

Class met as scheduled, online at 1830. The class roster listed eight students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, only one attended, so the lecture was relatively brief. The lecture preempted office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 16 November 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting, discussion returned to concerns of the reliability of sources and annotated bibliographies in anticipation of ongoing work on the overall course project. Concerns of APA formatting and citation were also addressed.

Students should be advised that next week, the regular class meeting will not take place due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The class meeting will take place online from 1830 to 2030 (or when the lesson finishes) on Monday, 20 November 2017, preempting office hours; check the course shell for the instructor’s WebEx room.

Students are also reminded that the following assignments are soon due:

  • Discussion Posts, due online before 0059 on 20 November 2017
    • Remember that three quality posts are expected in each graded thread.
  • Course Project: Annotated Bibliography, due online before 0059 on 20 November 2017 as a Word document

The class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 114 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed eight students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, three attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 216, 14 November 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting, discussion turned to concerns of reports and proposals. An example from CCC, Mueller’s 2012 “Grasping Rhetoric and Composition by Its Long Tail,” was examined in the light of that discussion. Attention was also given to ongoing and upcoming assignments, of which the following are soon coming due:

  • Online Discussions, due before 0059 on 20 November 2017
  • Homework (Assignment 6 fm. pg. 328 in the standard course text), due before 0059 on 20 November 2017 as a Word document
  • Course Project Outline, due before 0059 on 20 November 2017 as a Word document

The class met, as usual, at 1800 in Rm. 107 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed eight students enrolled, a decline of one since the last class meeting. Of them, five attended, verified informally; student participation was good. No students attended office hours (online, Mondays from approx. 1830 to 2030).