Initial Comments for the November 2017 Session at DeVry University in San Antonio

Not too long ago, I signed my teaching contracts for the November 2017 session at DeVry University in San Antonio, Texas, which extends from 23 October through 17 December 2017. I am pleased to be working with two sets of students across the eight-week span. One set is enrolled in a section of ENGL 135: Advanced Composition, a class I have taught several times at the institution and which I enjoy. Materials are going up in the course shell already–a benefit of having done the work before.

The other is enrolled in a section of ENGL 216: Technical Writing. I’ve taught technical writing before, of course, both as an upper-division class and as one more nearly equivalent to my present assignment–but this will be my first time teaching the course at DeVry. From what I have seen in the course shell so far, it looks much like what I’ve done before, if a bit more regimented in response to the shorter teaching time and the need to standardize sections across the institution. I expect my students and I will have a good time of things; I certainly look forward to having a go at it–and to developing the new materials for it.

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Initial Comments for the July 2017 Session at DeVry University in San Antonio

I seem to be a bit further ahead this time.

The year seems to have come full-round, and I am once again looking at teaching at DeVry University during the July session of the year. This time, I have two classes once again:

  • ENGL 135: Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 147N: Advanced English Composition

The former is a class I have taught before. The latter is a similar class oriented specifically towards nursing students. Both will be new, however, as the school is transitioning to a new learning management system, so we will all be feeling our way forward.

The transition to the new learning management system does have the effect of placing more of the materials I would post to this space on the school’s system. As such, I’ll not be putting as much about my DeVry teaching here, although I’ll still post my usual course logs–and perhaps some other materials, as well.

Check back often for more information!

About Erratic Updates

Dear Readers,

I’ve been away from my usual routine, and I’m about to be away again (I head out to a conference next week). As such, I’ve not been able to keep up as I might like. But I am working to get things back on track, I assure you. I should have things back together soon.

Until then, thank you for your patience!

Geoffrey B. Elliott

Additional Comments for the May 2017 Session at DeVry University in San Antonio

Students will likely want to know more about one of the major chunks of their grades for the session: online discussions. Requirements and special concerns differ slightly between the classes I am teaching during the term; they are outlined in the documents appended below.

Copies will also be logged into the main course pages as time permits.

Initial Comments for the May 2017 Session at DeVry University in San Antonio

With apologies for the delay…

I‘ve just recently signed my teaching contracts for the May 2017 session at DeVry University in San Antonio, Texas. During the session, I’ll be teaching another section of ENGL 135: Advanced Composition (which I enjoyed last time I did so), as well as a section of ENGL 062: Introduction to Reading and Writing (which will be my first time teaching it at DeVry, although I’ve taught 0-level courses before).

Having a layout of what’s due when is helpful, I find. As such, the following:

ENGL 062

The course requires two essays drafted in stages, other papers, reading lab activities, and discussion postings. Information about the papers and activities is in the course shell; grading information about the discussions is forthcoming. Due dates for each appear below; times are corrected to local time for San Antonio:

Essays

  • Essay 1 Draft, online before 0059 on 22 May 2017
  • Essay 1 Final, online before 0059 on 29 May 2017
  • Essay 2 Draft, online before 0059 on 12 June 2017
  • Essay 2 Final, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017

Activities

  • Reading Lab: Active Reading Strategies, online before 0059 on 8 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Path Builder Diagnostic, online before 0059 on 8 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Vocabulary, online before 0059 on 15 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Stated Main Ideas, online before 0059 on 15 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Outlining and Mapping, online before 0059 on 22 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Supporting Details, online before 0059 on 22 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Next Reading (I), online before 0059 on 22 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Implied Main Ideas, online before 0059 on 29 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Next Reading (II), online before 0059 on 29 May 2017
  • Reading Lab: Paraphrasing & Summarizing, online before 0059 on 5 June 2017
  • Reading Lab: Next Reading (III), online before 0059 on 5 June 2017
  • Reading Lab: Inference, online before 0059 on 12 June 2017
  • Reading Lab: Ten Patterns of Organization, online before 0059 on 12 June 2017
  • Reading Lab: Next Reading (IV), online before 0059 on 12 June 2017
  • Reading Lab: Reading Textbooks, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017
  • Reading Lab: Next Reading (V), online before 0059 on 19 June 2017

Other Writing

  • Developed Paragraph, online before 0059 on 15 May 2017
  • Summary/Reaction Paper, online before 0059 on 5 June 2017
  • Reflective and Planning Postscript, in class on 24 June 2017

Discussions

  • Week 1, online before 0059 on 8 May 2017
  • Week 2, online before 0059 on 15 May 2017
  • Week 3, online before 0059 on 22 May 2017
  • Week 4, online before 0059 on 29 May 2017
  • Week 5, online before 0059 on 5 June 2017
  • Week 6, online before 0059 on 12 June 2017
  • Week 7, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017

I know it seems like a lot, but I also know 1) preparation, particularly in so short a time as we have, is hard, and 2) my students are capable of doing the work.

ENGL 135

The course focuses on composing one paper in stages; the work is supplemented by additional activities and graded discussions. Information about the paper and activities is in the course shell; grading of the discussions is forthcoming (but will be much like it was in earlier terms, for those who have been looking ahead). Due dates for each appear below; times are corrected to local time for San Antonio:

Course Project

  • Topic Selection, online before 0059 on 8 May 2017
  • Source Summary, online before 0059 on 15 May 2017
  • Research Proposal, online before 0059 on 22 May 2017
  • Annotated Bibliography, online before 0059 on 29 May 2017
  • First Draft, online before 0059 on 5 June 2017
  • Second Draft, online before 0059 on 12 June 2017
  • Final Draft, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017

Activities

  • Information Literacy Module, online before 0059 on 15 May 2017
  • APA Format Presentation Module, online before 0059 on 22 May 2017
  • Course Project Reflective Postscript, in class on 20 June 2017

Discussions

  • Week 1, online before 0059 on 8 May 2017
  • Week 2, online before 0059 on 15 May 2017
  • Week 3, online before 0059 on 22 May 2017
  • Week 4, online before 0059 on 29 May 2017
  • Week 5, online before 0059 on 5 June 2017
  • Week 6, online before 0059 on 12 June 2017
  • Week 7, online before 0059 on 19 June 2017

I know it seems like a lot, but I also know 1) preparation, particularly in so short a time as we have, is hard, and 2) my students are capable of doing the work.

I look forward to seeing both sets of students do it!

More About Points of Departure (and Other Shenanigans)

I got a series of calls last night and this morning telling me that my bank accounts had been compromised. I’ve been struggling to get all of that untangled–in addition to working on the paying jobs. I’m not done with the untangling, in fact, and I’m not at all sure I can get it handled and still have time to write along with the other stuff I have to do. So the next chapter’ll be pushed back a bit more.

Sorry, folks. Life happens sometimes, even to me.

The State of the Pronghorn Project

At this point, I’ve been working on what I’m calling the Pronghorn Project for about two months, with posts going up at 6 in the morning (my time; I’m in US Central) each weekday. Readership has been fairly decent, although I would, of course, like to have more. As a way to get some of that “more,” as well as to disentangle the Pronghorn postings from some others that I push out each morning from another website, I think I’ll be shifting to having Pronghorn Project Posts pop up at noon, moving them to lunch from breakfast. Some of the social media work I have been doing suggests that that is a better time to have things go up, anyway.

So, starting tomorrow (1 March 2017), Pronghorn Project posts will go up at noon. They will still go up in the accustomed location, so nothing will move other than the time, so far as Asa Pemewan and the folks he interacts with are concerned. I hope you’ll still read along–and tell your friends. I think they’d like it, too!

Initial Comments for the March 2017 Session at DeVry University

The University notes that I will be teaching a section of ENGL 227: Professional Writing during the March 2017 session at DeVry University in San Antonio. The class meets Saturdays from 0900-1250 in Classroom 110 of that campus; classroom time supplements online instruction that takes place asynchronously through the week. Office hours will follow the class meeting  for those students who feel the need for extra attention and consultation.

A number of standard assignments are already in place. One of them is a set of discussion posts that must be completed each week. Due dates for them are as follows, adjusted to the local time zone:

  • Week 1, online before 0059 on 5 March 2017
  • Week 2, online before 0059 on 12 March 2017
  • Week 3, online before 0059 on 19 March 2017
  • Week 4, online before 0059 on 26 March 2017
  • Week 5, online before 0059 on 2 April 2017
  • Week 6, online before 0059 on 9 April 2017
  • Week 7, online before 0059 on 16 April 2017

Other standard assignments, with their due dates, are as follows:

  • Resume, online before 0059 on 5 March 2017
  • Quiz, online before 0059 on 12 March
  • Routine Message, online before 0059 on 19 March 2017
  • Informal Analytical Report, online before 0059 on 26 March 2017
  • Negative/Bad News Message, online before 0059 on 2 April 2017
  • Course Project (Draft), online before 0059 on 9 April 2017
  • Formal Proposal (Final Version), online before 0059 on 23 April 2017

As usual, reports of class activities will be posted after classes meet, and supporting materials will be made available as needed.

I look forward to the work of the session!

Still More about the New Feature

So, I’ve thought more about what I want to do. For now, I’ll keep going with the donation buttons I have had–look for the link below–and, if the amount of money that comes in justifies it, I will see about migrating over to Patreon. So there’s that much figured out, at least for now. I’ll possibly want to change it later, but I can do that.

That I am not going with Patreon for the moment, though, does not mean that I cannot use ideas I ran into with it–as well as at such things as Kickstarter and GoFundMe (the latter of which I have used in the past). One such is the notion of rewards. I’ve noted that I’ve been given through the kind of button I have used in the past, and I’ve made a point of making direct thanks to those who have. A thank-you does not seem out of line for all contributions–and a thank-you on the next post made would be good, I think. Others should receive more, though.

Before going on about that, I ought to make a note about what I will be going on with. First, I’ll be looking into pushing out the Pronghorn stories. It seems a good thing with which to start. Other stuff might happen afterward. Or it might happen in and among the Pronghorn stuff. I might have to mess with it.

Anyway, those who contribute $25 (or more) will get their names integrated into the story in some minor way–a passing reference to a person in the town, perhaps, or an exchange with a cashier or server. Those who contribute $50 (or more) will also get a hard-copy of a Pronghorn story (please tell me which so that I can send the right one), signed. Higher contributions will get more, to be sure, but I am not quite arrogant enough to think that I can get more yet.

More to come later, obviously…

Did I bring you as much pleasure as a cup of coffee does? Half a cup? Could you kick in as much for me so that I can keep doing it? Click here, then, and thanks!

More about the New Feature

As I note in yesterday’s post, I am looking for ways to supplement my income stream, and since I already do a fair bit of writing, it makes sense that I would try to do so with the writing. I am still looking at Patreon–I am mindful of my good friend’s advice–but, in the meantime, I figure that I can continue to use the donation buttons I have long had (an example of which appears below; contributions are welcome). I know that they work, and I am happy to accept what others offer freely.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

The thing is that I have several ideas for what to address. I can, for example, follow the pattern I have in another webspace I maintain–the one that prompted my friend’s comment–and compose a cycle of poetry in these posts. (Indeed, I have one in progress already that might well serve.) I could also use this space to work on an idea I have long had, one detailing the workings of the large town or small city of Pronghorn.

Other ideas are possible, to be sure, and I have no doubt that I will pursue them now and again. For now, though, I will have to give the matter some more thought…