About Due Dates at DeVry

The thought occurs that a more concrete assertion of due dates is needed than has been provided. To rectify that problem, then, the following:


Each week’s online discussions extend to 0059 on Monday of the next week. As such, the closing dates for each week’s graded discussions are

  • Week 1, 11 July 2016
  • Week 2, 18 July 2016
  • Week 3, 25 July 2016
  • Week 4, 1 August 2016
  • Week 5, 8 August 2016
  • Week 6, 15 August 2016
  • Week 7, 22 August 2016

Note that there are no graded discussions for Week 8. That does not mean there are no discussions that week, however; they should inform the Course Project Reflective Postscript.

Also, please do keep in mind the discussion requirements for the class, noted here: ENGL 135 Discussion Assignment Sheet.

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Course Project Components

The overall course project, culminating in the production of a conference-length paper, is broken down into a number of components. Such an additive model seeks to make the task of compiling a work that advances human knowledge less intimidating to those (relatively) new to it. Due dates for each part are noted below:

  • Topic Selection, 11 July 2016 at 0059
  • Information Literacy Module, 18 July 2016 at 0059
  • Source Summary, 18 July 2016 at 0059
  • APA Assessment Module, 25 July 2016 at 0059
  • Research Proposal, 25 July 2016 at 0059
  • Annotated Bibliography, 1 August 2016 at 0059
  • Course Project First Draft, 8 August 2016 at 0059
  • Course Project Second Draft, 15 August 2016 at 0059
  • Course Project Final Draft, 22 August 2016 at 0059
  • Course Project Reflective Postscript, end of class time on 25 August 2016 (class time will be given to completion of the assignment and to course evaluations)

Yes, multiple assignments are due at the same time. No, it is not necessary to turn them in at the time noted; earlier submission is encouraged (but be sure the assignment is done, and done well), and early commencement of work on the course project is strongly encouraged. And as far as grading goes…when multiple assignments are due at the same time, the assignments worth more of the grade will be graded first. (Some of my comments about grading, here, will be relevant.)

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I hope the information helps, and I look forward to seeing what my students present.

About Updates to My Teaching Life

In some exciting news, I have more teaching work to do. Starting soon, I’ll be taking on a class at DeVry University in San Antonio. Not much later, I’ll be taking on a class at Schreiner University in Kerrville, my hometown. It will be a pleasure to be back at the front of the classroom, and it will be good, too, to try my skills in different settings than I have faced before; I welcome the challenges and the opportunities.

Updates to the website to reflect the changes are in progress. As ever, check back for more information!