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).

Class Report: ENGL 135, 9 November 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting, discussion treated concerns of argumentation and focused on organizational patterns and transitions. It also addressed upcoming assignments, of which the following are soon due:

  • Discussion Posts, due online before 0059 on 13 November 2017
  • Course Project: Topic Proposal, due online before 0059 on 13 November 2017 as a Word document
  • APA Module, due online before 0059 on 13 November 2017 as a Word document

Students are also advised to be at work on the Annotated Bibliography, due at the end of Week 4.

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, five attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 135, 2 November 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting, discussion treated concerns of sourcing and of summarizing. It also addressed upcoming assignments, of which the following are soon due:

  • Discussion Posts, due online before 0059 on 6 November 2017
  • Course Project: Source Summary, due online before 0059 on 6 November 2017 as a Word document
  • Information Literacy Assignment, due online before 0059 on 6 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, four attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good. No students attended office hours.

Class Report: ENGL 216, 31 October 2017

After addressing questions from the previous class meeting, discussion turned to treat concerns of organization and document design before settling on forms of correspondence and their expectations. Some attention was given to more general writerly concerns, as well.

Students are reminded that the following are due:

  • Online Discussions, due before 0059 on 6 November 2017
  • Homework (Assignment 7 fm. pg. 178 in the standard course text), due before 0059 on 6 November 2017 as a Word document
  • Course Project Topic Proposal, due before 0059 on 6 November 2017 as a Word document

Students are also advised to begin reading in support of the Week 3 component of the Course Project, an annotated bibliography.

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

Class Report: ENGL 135, 26 October 2017

For the first class meeting, discussion treated introductions to the instructor and the course,as well as basic concerns of rhetoric. Attention was given to upcoming assignments, as well.

Students are reminded that the following are due:

  • Discussion Posts, due online before 0059 on 30 October 2017
  • Course Project: Topic Selection, due online before 0059 on 30 October 2017 as a Word file

The class met as scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 114 of the DeVry San Antonio campus, having been moved from its original location. The class roster listed eight students enrolled. Of them, five attended, verified informally. Student participation was reasonably good. No office hours have yet been held.

Class Report: ENGL 216, 24 October 2017

For the first class meeting, discussion treated introductions to the instructor and the course,as well as basic concerns of technical writing. Attention was given to upcoming assignments, as well.

Students are reminded that the following are due:

  • Online Discussions, due before 0059 on 30 October 2017
  • Homework (Assignment 9 fm. pg. 656 in the standard course text), due before 0059 on 30 October 2017 as a Word document

Students are also advised to be at work on their course projects; the first deliverable–a topic proposal–is due at the end of the second week.

The class met differently than scheduled, at 1800 in Rm. 107 of the DeVry San Antonio campus; the room change is permanent. The class roster listed ten students enrolled. Of them, seven attended, verified informally. Student participation was as expected. No office hours have yet been held.

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.