Method

Mind, poetry, landscape In this course we will be working together on an intellectual project. The project is exploring mind, poetry, and landscape. Our project will be conducted in a tutorial format. The tutorial model of education assumes that the student is in control of the learning  process. The tutorial model of learning is student-centered and self-directed. The learning will be collaborative in the most fundamental sense: thinking together. While there will be no lectures I will be contributing to our discussions by thinking with the texts and contexts we are reading and your thoughts about those text/contexts. Thinking together in this way requires thinking differently about yourself as a writer, as well as challenging some of the conventional ways we go about thinking and writing in school

This kind of thinking will also demand that all of us bring intelligence, imagination, and generosity to our work. As you will see, it is necessary but not sufficient to simply describe an idea, or a poetic form; and we will need to help one another move beyond statements of preference or judgments based on what we know, or find congenial or familiar. The common work is helping one another develop the idea and to carry the conversation from one place to another. Poetry and poetics, after all, persists not by answers but rather through clarifying questions, discovering edges of thought, finding perspective in incongruities

Reading, Thinking, and Writing in the Open This is a course built around the values and practices of open pedagogy. Much of the work we will be doing in the class will be on the open web and we will be using digital tools that invite you to share your voice using open-source platforms and tools. Your writing will be published on the web and, unlike more traditional assignments, can be shared, distributed, and critiqued by anyone on the web. We will license your material in ways that make it more easily shared to ensure that your course-related assignments are not only credited appropriately, but that you determine the rights associated with your intellectual property. You are responsible for understanding the various privacy options the technology allows, and choosing options appropriate to your needs. Protecting your individual privacy, as a matter of policy and practice, is one dimension of this work. Should you require accommodations regarding the completion of web-published assignments, or have general concerns or questions, please meet with me to discuss your options.

Course Expectations and Requirements Your grade in this course will be determined in a conventional way: your engagement with the reading, your thinking about the texts and ideas we are studying, and your writing

Attendance and (is) Participation: showing up in a hybrid class format means being present through thinking and writing–whether presence is actual or virtual

Learning Goals and Outcomes As we proceed through the summer term, you will be refining your abilities to: 1) read closely and analyze complex texts; 2) identify productive questions or problems in the texts; 3) use textual evidence to articulate your ideas; 4) use the vocabulary of the discipline to discuss the texts and write evidence-based essays that effectively incorporate textual references; 5) understand literary elements (such as character, plot, theme, narrative, imagery, setting, figurative language); 6) use appropriate citation and documentation; and 7) select and evaluate different forms of research sources to support your ideas

Evaluation and Grading The final course grade will be determined by the quality of the blog posts, the commentaries, and the longer project

If you are a student with a disability The Office of Disability Services (ODS), Elliot Hall, 8.2353, is available to discuss eligibility requirements and appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. So all arrangements can be made, requests for academic accommodations need to be completed during the first two weeks of the semester. You are responsible for making an appointment with ODS for disability verification and determination of reasonable academic accommodations

Emergency Operations In the event the College closes for a major disaster, students are responsible for regularly checking their e-mail, voice mails, and this blog for information on alternative course delivery procedures and course work submission. Students will be responsible for completing their assignments and ensuring that they have completed all of the core requirements for their courses before they will receive a final grade for the course

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