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

In a bit of news, I have been offered a section of ENGL 216: Technical Writing for the May 2018 session at DeVry University in San Antonio, Texas. I’ve not yet signed my contract for doing so, but I expect it will be coming soon enough; in the meantime, I can take a bit to get my materials ready again.

The session runs from 30 April through 23 June 2018; the class meets Mondays from 1800 to 2150 in Room 111 of the San Antonio campus. I am not yet certain when I will have office hours.

I feel I had great success teaching it last time, so I am looking forward to teaching the class again. Additionally, I think restricting topics for the class will work well, as it seems to be the case for the March 2018 session’s classes, so that will be one of the adjustments I make as I move forward. There will be others, I am certain, coming from results of surveys as they arrive.

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More Early Comments for the March 2018 Session at DeVry University in San Antonio

Not long ago, I made a few comments about the March 2018 session at DeVry University in San Antonio, noting with appreciation that I had been offered a section of ENGL 135: Advanced Composition. I have been at work developing materials for that class, and I am happy with how things are proceeding in that line.

I am also happy to note that I have been offered another class, one I have not yet taught at the institution, although it is similar to one that I have taught elsewhere–namely SPCH 217: Public Speaking. From what I have seen of the course so far, it is similar to the HUM 110 class I taught at the now-defunct Technical Career Institutes, so that while it has been some time since I taught such a class, I am not coming into it all unaware of what I need to do and what I need the students to do. Materials are on their way to me now, so that much is to the good, and I look forward to seeing how I can make things better.

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

I know that I’ve had a lot to say about DeVry University this week, what with my usual class report and a recent addendum to an older post. But more news keeps coming in on that score, to wit:

Although I’ve not yet signed the contract for it, I have been offered a section of ENGL 135: Advanced Composition for the March 2018 session at DeVry University in San Antonio. The session runs 26 February through 21 April 2018; the class is slated to meet on Saturdays from 0900 to 1250 in Room 106 of the San Antonio campus. I still have a bit of time to begin to prepare and refine materials, and I look forward to doing again the work of teaching.

Among those materials will be an alternative assignment, one that follows the sequence prescribed by the University but that treats a different topic altogether. I have the hope that it will prove more amenable to students’ engagement than those previously assigned–and that they and I will gain more from it as a result.

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…

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.

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.