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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Class Report: ENGL 062, 14 October 2017

After the non-meeting of the previous week, class discussion treated concerns of visual literacy and numeracy before moving into general mechanics and style questions and upcoming assignments.

Students are reminded of the following assignments’ due dates:

  • Discussion Posts, due online at 0059 on 15 October 2017
  • Essay 2 Revision, due online at 0059 on 15 October 2017
  • MRL: Reading Textbooks, due online at 0059 on 15 October 2017
  • MRL: Next Reading, due online at 0059 on 15 October 2017

The class met as scheduled, at 0900 in Rm. 114 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed five students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, two attended, verified informally. Student participation was good. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 062, 7 October 2017

Due to student non-attendance, class effectively did not meet today. Student work that was previously announced as due during the previous class meeting remains due as noted, with the following additions:

  • Discussion Posts, due online at 0059 on 9 October 2017
  • Essay 2 Revision, due online at 0059 on 9 October 2017
  • MRL: Reading Textbooks, due online at 0059 on 9 October 2017
  • MRL: Next Reading, due online at 0059 on 9 October 2017

Class Report: ENGL 062, 30 September 2017

After addressing questions from and concerns about the previous class meeting and earlier, discussion turned to concerns of paratext and mechanics before it reviewed assignments. Remaining class time was given over to work on assignments with instructor oversight and assistance.

Students are reminded of the following assignments’ due dates:

  • Discussion Posts, due online at 0059 on 1 October 2017
  • Summary and Response, due online at 0059 on 1 October 2017
  • MRL: Paraphrasing and Summarizing, due online at 0059 on 1 October 2017
  • MRL: Next Reading, due online at 0059 on 1 October 2017

The class met as scheduled, at 0900 in Rm. 114 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed five students enrolled, a loss of one since the last class meeting. Of them, two attended, verified informally. Student participation was good. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 062, 23 September 2017

After addressing questions from and concerns about the previous class meeting, discussion reviewed assignments before turning to concerns of summary and mechanics. The class did a practice summary against coming assignments. Remaining class time was given over to work on assignments with instructor oversight and assistance.

Students are reminded of the following assignments’ due dates:

  • Discussion Posts, due online at 0059 on 25 September 2017
  • Essay 1, due online at 0059 on 25 September 2017
  • MRL: Implied Main Ideas, due online at 0059 on 25 September 2017
  • MRL: Next Reading, due online at 0059 on 25 September 2017

The class met as scheduled, at 0900 in Rm. 114 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed six students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting. Of them, two attended, verified informally. Student participation was good. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 062, 16 September 2017

After addressing questions from and concerns about the previous class meeting, including matters of document formatting and basic essay structures, discussion turned to transitions before reviewing assignments for both the current and coming week. Revision received attention, as well. The remaining class time was given over to work on assignments with instructor oversight and assistance.

Students are reminded of the following assignments’ due dates:

  • Discussion Posts, due online at 0059 on 18 September 2017
  • Essay 1 Draft, due online at 0059 on 18 September 2017
  • MRL: Outlining and Mapping, due online at 0059 on 18 September 2017
  • MRL: Supporting Details, due online at 0059 on 18 September 2017
  • MRL: Next Reading, due online at 0059 on 18 September 2017

The class met as scheduled, at 0900 in Rm. 114 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed six 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 062, 9 September 2017

After addressing questions from and concerns about the previous class meeting, for which the instructor was absent, discussion turned to sentence, paragraph, and essay structures before reviewing assignments for both the current and coming week. The remaining class time was given over to work on assignments with instructor oversight and assistance.

Students are reminded of the following assignments’ due dates:

  • Developed Paragraph, due online at 0059 on 11 September 2017
  • MRL: Vocabulary, due online at 0059 on 11 September 2017
  • MRL: Stated Main Ideas, due online at 0059 on 11 September 2017

The class met as scheduled, at 0900 in Rm. 114 of the DeVry San Antonio campus. The class roster listed six students enrolled, an increase of two since the last class meeting. Of them, three attended, verified informally. Student participation was subdued. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 21 August 2017

For the final meeting of the session, students were asked to complete the reflective postscript assigned by the University, as well as to address student surveys if they had not already done so.

Class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 106 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed 12 students enrolled, unchanged since the previous class meeting; three attended, verified informally. Student participation was as expected.

No requests for out-of-class meetings were noted.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 14 August 2017

After asking about questions from the previous class meeting, discussion focused on concerns noted during review of the most recent major assignment submitted. Students’ direct concerns were addressed, as well, as was some material for the next class meeting, and a peer-review exercise took up some class time. More time was offered, as well, to revise work based on concerns of peer review.

Class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 106 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed 12 students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting; six attended, verified informally. Student participation was good.

No requests for out-of-class meetings have been noted.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 7 August 2017

After asking about questions from the previous class meeting, discussion focused on document design and paratextuals. Students’ direct concerns were addressed, as well, as were concerns of organization, and time was offered for completion of upcoming assignments.

Class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 106 of the San Antonio campus. The class roster listed 12 students enrolled, unchanged since the last class meeting; eight attended, verified informally. Student participation was good.

No requests for out-of-class meetings have been noted.