Some Ideas

Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.AARON SWARTZ

 

Work. Write. Read. Write some more. Read some more. Keep putting words on the page or screen, because that’s the only way you’ll get better.S.J. WATSON

 

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.WILLIAM GIBSON

 

Everything that can be digitized will be digitized.KARA SWISHER

 

This is the 21st century. It’s not OK for politicians not to understand the internet anymore.AARON SWARTZ

 

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.ERNEST HEMINGWAY

 

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries … and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI

 

We only have one chance to get AI right… we are in real trouble if we miss.JEVON MITCHELL-HAYWOOD

 

When you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck; when you invent the plane you also invent the plane crash; and when you invent electricity, you invent electrocution… Every technology carries its own negativity, which is invented at the same time as technical progress.PAUL VIRILIO

 

We are surrounded by the wondrous effects of machines and are encouraged to ignore the ideas embedded in them. Once a technology is admitted it plays out its hand; it does what it is designed to do. Our task is to understand what that design is—that is to say, when we admit a new technology to the culture, we must do so with our eyes wide open.NEIL POSTMANTECHNOPOLY

 

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.ROBIN WILLIAMS

 

Creativity is relational. Its practice is most about casting widely and connecting disparate dots of existing knowledge in new, meaningful ways. To be creative, you’ve got to mine knowledge. You have to know your dots.BRUCE NUSSBAUM

 

Those not ready to change will wake up one day to find themselves wonderfully prepared to live in a world that doesn’t exist.ZIG ZIGLAR

 

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.CHARLES DARWIN

 

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.EDWARD SNOWDEN

 

Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.MARLON BRANDO

 

You invade my privacy, it’s nothing. I try to get it back, it’s a crime. You’ll never understand… it’s not that I have nothing to hide… I have nothing I want you to see. – THE GIRL, ANON

 

Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics… but never give up.MARJORIE STONEMAN DOUGLAS

 

First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win.MAHATMA GANDHI

 

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.ALICE WATERS

 

Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.JONATHAN SWIFT

 

The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves—in their separate, and individual capacities.ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.THEODORE ROOSEVELT

 

The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.HUGO BLACK

 

Just because you have no interest in politics doesn’t mean politics may not be interested in you.PERICLES

 

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.STEVEN HAWKING

 

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.ALBERT EINSTEIN (perhaps)

Engagement

Engagement, i.e., attendance, preparation, participation and successful, and timely, completion of course deliverables, is mandatory. You will not succeed in our course if you do not engage.

It’s that simple.

Your performance will improve if you attend class regularly, are well prepared AND participate effectively in the learning environment, whether F2F or digital.

Yes  … it IS that simple!

You are an important part of the team, including your professor and classmates, that create an effective learning environment. Your engagement in our course learning environment plays a significant role in my assessment of your performance, in other words, the grade you earn in our course. Our course will demand a substantial investment of time and effort and so will require a significant amount of preparation. You need to be self-motivated and stay on task in order to succeed. Dr. Jeffrey Bennett has developed some terrific “Hints on How to Succeed in College Classes” that I strongly suggest you review before we begin our course.

I will take attendance every time we meet in class. I will even take attendance if we have a class meeting in a virtual environment using a video conferencing platform. While our meetings will consist of both lectures and discussions, I am not a big fan of the “Sage on the Stage” model of teaching. Discussion will be the primary form of interaction in our course. Of course, those discussions will be both F2F and digital. We will use a variety of technology supported platforms to support or interactions, both in and out of class meetings. Your engagement in our digital discussions, whether enrolled in a F2F or web-based course, will also be an important part of my assessment of your performance.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to move to a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous or unsynchronous or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We are increasingly working remotely in order to accomplish our work. That remote modality demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc. it is important that you join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets and others as well as any random noise. If you cannot be seen or heard by your classmates it will be difficult to actively engage in course meetings. That will have negative implications for your grade results. Please review the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

Remember … if you are consistently unprepared, or even underprepared, it will be very difficult to take full advantage of our course learning environment. That lack of engagement is a lost opportunity for you and will reflect poorly when I assess your performance.

The Engagement Rubric below has been adapted by Professor Sara Calhoun Davis from The Teaching Professor and forms the basis of assessment of your course engagement.

Engagement Rubric

A

B

C / D

F

Peer Interaction

Actively supports, engages, and listens to peers (ongoing)

Makes a sincere effort to interact with peers (ongoing)

Limited interaction with peers

Virtually no interaction with peers

Preparation

Fully prepared for every aspect of the course

Mostly, if not fully, prepared (ongoing)

Preparation is inconsistent

Rarely or never prepared

Participation

Plays an active role in discussions (ongoing)

Participates constructively in discussions (ongoing)

When prepared, participates constructively in discussions

Comments vague if given; frequently demonstrates lack of interest

Contribution to Class

Comments advance level and depth of dialogue

Relevant comments are based on assigned material

When prepared, relevant comments are based on assignments

Demonstrates a noticeable lack of interest on occasion

Group Dynamics

Group dynamic and level of discussion are often better because of student’s engagement

Group dynamic and level of discussion are occasionally better, but not worse, because of student’s engagement

Group dynamic and level of discussion are sometimes disrupted by student’s engagement

Group dynamic and level of discussion are often disrupted by student’s engagement

You can influence my assessment of your course engagement in a positive way by
  • Becoming more active and/or making more effective comments that raise overall level of discussion and set examples for others, and
  • Asking thoughtful questions that will enhance discussion and engage peers, and
  • Listening carefully to, supporting, and engaging your peers in discussion. This will essentially improve others’ learning experience.
That said, you can also influence my assessment of your course engagement in a negative way if you
  • Do not engage in the course regularly, through attendance, preparation and participation, even though you meet attendance requirements. Even though you may have submitted assigned work, your contribution will not have added to the course discussion, or
  • Dominating discussions, thereby restricting others’ participation, and
  • Disrupting others’ opportunity to listen and/or participate, or
  • Making negative, offensive, and/or disrespectful comments during discussions, or
  • Violating the privacy of individuals, or
  • Using electronic devices such as, but not limited to, a cell phone, tablet, or computer for personal or unrelated coursework during class unless instructed to do so. There are no exceptions.

Teaching And Learning

Teaching and learning is a collaborative enterprise. All who participate in a learning environment have responsibility for its success. That responsibility demands that everyone bring their best efforts to the experience, engage fully by having prepared in advance and being ready to challenge and be challenged.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to move to a fundamentally different set of delivery modalities, e.g., HyFlex, hybrid, remote, synchronous, or not, or some combination of approaches to teaching and learning. We are increasingly working remotely in order to accomplish our work. That remote modality demands that we adjust our understanding of acceptable protocols for attendance and participation, whether a meeting or course attendance, engagement and participation.

While working together using a digital platform, e.g., Teams, Zoom, Slack, etc. it is important that you join the session with a live camera and muted mic. A live camera helps to create a sense of community and will help all of us to engage effectively during our discussions. If you only unmute your mic when speaking we can avoid feedback, unsolicited input from family, pets and others as well as any random noise. Please review the Protocols for Online Meetings and Classes for more information.

My approach to teaching and learning is certainly not unique. All of us who teach, I believe, seek to create challenging learning environments for our students, help them to better understand difficult subject matter, consider the ethical challenges raised by that subject matter and, finally, help them to evolve into productive citizens who contribute to their communities.

I am not an “easy” professor. I am a challenging teacher who, while maintaining rigorous standards, is also readily available to help students meet those challenges. I create, with your assistance,  learning environments that will raise the bar on your performance expectations.

I invest a great deal of time developing methodologies that integrate both standard and cutting edge information technologies into my courses. I have migrated all of my courses to digital platforms that allow me to introduce alternative delivery methods for assignments, communication, teamwork and subject matter delivery. Since 2004, the digital platforms I have integrated include wikis, discussion boards, digital journals, videoconferencing, text messaging, eReaders and a variety of mobile platforms. This effort supports my commitment to integrating applied and experiential approaches with the theoretical.

Finally, I fully expect that we’ll have some laughs along the way.