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May 13, 2008

Your podcasts on iTunes.

If you want to see yourself on iTunes (if you have it on your computer), search the music store for "Pass the Peace." You should see our program as the first under the "Podcast" heading on the results page. Just click on that and you'll see your files. You're famous!

Hope you all have a good summer.

Grades posted

I've posted final grades on WebVista. Please let me know ASAP if you see any errors. I plan to submit those to the university on Wednesday afternoon.

May 9, 2008

Course wrap up

Just to repeat, your final audio projects are due Monday by noon. There's two places where those need to get posted:

1) Audio goes on the project blog. Instructions on that here:
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/shann039/writ1301spring08al/2008/05/posting_your_final_podcasts.html.

2) The script (with citations) and your project reflection are submitted as attachments on WebVista through the "On the Air" link. More information on the project reflection can be found here:

http://blog.lib.umn.edu/shann039/writ1301spring08al/2008/05/last_week.html

In addition, those reflections can be places to explain any technical difficulties you encountered while creating this project--explaining how your project is weaker than you'd like it to be.

In addition to that final project, you have the option of completing the extra credit option for the final course reflection. That can also be submitted as an attachment on WebVista and is described in this post:

http://blog.lib.umn.edu/shann039/writ1301spring08al/2008/05/confirming_final_schedule_chan.html

All work must be submitted by that noon deadline--I will not accept late work after that point. I hope to post grades on WebVista by the end of the day Wednesday (possibly sooner) and will turn in grades to the U sometime late Thursday.

Let me know if you have any questions about all this as we wrap up.

May 7, 2008

Microphones

If you have a microphone, please bring it to Thursday's class to hand back. We can talk in class if you feel you need it beyond that time. I will not post your final grade if you still have a microphone checked out.

May 6, 2008

Confirming final schedule changes

I'm writing to put down on paper the schedule changes we discussed in class today.

1) The final draft of your last project is now due by noon next Monday, May 12th. There are NO late assignments for this assignment--if it's not in by that point, you will not receive credit. You will post the MP3 on the course blog (see my previous post on this) and turn in the script and reflection to WebVista as attachments.

2) If you would like some extra credit, I'm offering a revised version of the final course reflection. You can pick ONE course objective you feel you've either improved on or done well this semester and argue for that, using the criteria talked about on that assignment. You'll receive up to 10 points extra credit for doing so. Turn that in by Monday noon as well on WebVista.

On Thursday, we'll talk about how the course went, finish up revision groups, go over the final reflection extra credit, and you'll have time to work as needed. Feel free to bring food if you'd like.

Please let me know if you have questions about this change.

May 5, 2008

Posting your final podcasts

We'll go over this in class this week, but here's what needs to happen with your final commentary podcasts. I'm assuming you've already saved them as an MP3 (instructions on that were posted last week). Try to choose a unique title for that MP3--like something that includes your name. We don't want two podcasts with the same file name.

To post these podcasts, you'll need to access the University's blogging system. You can do this by going to the following address:

http://blog.lib.umn.edu

On this screen, click on "Log-in to UThink" on the yellow toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. Enter your x.500 in the login screen. You should see "Pass the Peace" listed as a blog you have access to. Click on that blog title.

On the next screen, click on "Upload file" on the toolbar running down the left hand side. Then click on browse and select your MP3 file. Click on "Upload". It may take awhile to upload depending on your connection speed. You want to choose "Create a new entry using this uploaded file" and then click on "Link."

You're now back to main blog page. Give your podcast post a suitable title in the "Title" window. If you want to enter a short description, such as "An interview with John Doe, a professor who...", find the "Download file" text in the "Entry Body" window and type your description there instead. Then click on "Save" at the very bottom of the screen.

That's it--you can click on "View Site" to make sure your podcast has been posted. For these projects, I'm also requiring you to turn in your script with citations and the project reflection. I'll talk about how to do that in class.

Please let me know if you have any questions or problems with this process.

May 2, 2008

Last week!!!

Second drafts of your commentary are due next Tuesday. If you'd like to assure feedback from me, however, you need to post by Monday at noon. I'll try to get those back as soon as I can, certainly no later than Tuesday afternoon and probably before. I can't guarantee feedback on drafts posted after that point. Remember to post both the text of your script (the Word document) and an MP3 of your project.

**IMPORTANT: Bring headphones to class on Tuesday so you can revise in class!!!**

In class on Tuesday, we'll do that revision and you'll have a chance to fill out course evaluations. We'll also talk briefly about the project reflection, which should be turned in with the final draft. It should be 1-2 pages long and answer the following questions:

1) How did you try to make this project interesting and appealing for your audience?
2) How did you try to make your argument relevant and convincing for your audience?
3) Why did you include the audio background you did? What does it add to your project?

As I grade this project, 80 points will go to the piece itself, based on your argument, appeal, evidence, and style/conciseness. 20 points will go to the reflection, based on how well you explain the decisions you made.

The final project is due on Thursday. You'll post that on a project blog, which I'll also mention on Tuesday. Just bring the MP3 to class with you. I'll also ask for a printed copy of your script and project reflection. We'll spend most of that time debriefing the course and talking about the final course reflection, due Monday of finals week.

We're almost done!!