Semester Schedule

The following schedule is tentative. Please pay attention to notifications in Brightspace.

Week 1 (Jan 10 – Jan 14): Defining dystopia; Making knowledge public; Assignments and expectationsWatch the “Course Introduction and Welcome” video. (SLO 5)
Participate in the class introductions via Voice Threads. (SLO 5)
Syllabus Questions. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 5)
Watch the “Micro-lecture No. 1: On Dystopia” video. (SLO 1)
Complete the Newspaper Database Activity. (SLO 1, 5)
Watch the “Making Knowledge Public” video. (SLO 3, 4, 5)
Set up your Hypothesis & WordPress accounts (SLO 4, 5)
Write Blog Post #1: How do you define dystopia? [required] (SLO 1, 2, 3)
Read pages 5-87 of 1984. (SLO 1)
Complete your Private Learning Journal entry for this week. (SLO 5)
Week 2 (Jan 17 – Jan 21), MLK HOLIDAY – 01/17: Understanding oppression; Podcast assignment detailsMLK & Dystopia. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the video “Pre-reading No. 1: The Five Faces of Oppression” (SLO 3)
Read & annotate “Five Faces of Oppression” (SLO 1, 3)
Research Panel Activity (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Watch the Podcast Team Project Introduction video (SLO 4, 5)
Write Blog Post #2: How many faces of oppression exist in America today? (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Read pages 88-185 of 1984. (SLO 1)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 3 (Jan 24 – Jan 28): Civilization v. humanity; Online presenceHumanity & Oppression. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the video “Pre-reading No. 2: Civilization & Its Discontents” (SLO 3)
Read & annotate “Civilization & Its Discontents” (SLO 1, 3)
Research Panel Activity (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Watch the Online Presence, Online Privacy video (SLO 3, 4, 5)
Write Blog Post #3: Was Freud right? (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Read pages 186-245 of 1984. (SLO 1)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 4 (Jan 31 – Feb 04): Utopia v. dystopia; Novel discussions; Working as a groupFavorite Podcasts. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the video “Micro-lecture No. 2: On Utopia” (SLO 1)
Vote on Student Choice Movie #1 (SLO 4, 5)
Participate in first class discussion of 1984 via Voice Threads (SLO 1, 2, 3)
Project Team Assignments (SLO 4, 5)
Watch the Podcast Team Project Tech & Tools video (SLO 4, 5)
Write Blog Post #4: Podcast Pre-Production [required] (SLO 1, 2, 3)
Research, negotiate, and share your novel choices (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 5 (Feb 07 – Feb 11): Fascism and Ur-fascism; Novel discussions; Technology toolsNazis & Neo-Nazis. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the video “Pre-reading No. 3: Ur-Fascism” (SLO 3)
Read & annotate “Ur-Fascism” (SLO 1, 3)
Participate in second class discussion of 1984 via Voice Threads (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Write Blog Post #5: Does Ur-Fascism exist in the US today? (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Work on Podcast Team Project (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 6 (Feb 14 – Feb 18): Government; Order v. chaos; Audio tools; Movie watchingWhy Government? Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the video “Pre-reading No. 4: Leviathan, Chapter XIII” (SLO 3)
Read & annotate “Leviathan, Chapter XIII” (SLO 1, 3)
Hobbesian Jungle Activity (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Watch the Recording and Editing Audio video (SLO 5)
Write Blog Post #6: What form of government should we choose? (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Watch Student Choice Movie #1 (SLO 1)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 7 (Feb 21 – Feb 25): Wealth inequality; Movie discussionsWorking Class Hero. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Vote on Student Choice Movie #2 (SLO 4, 5)
Participate in class discussion of [Movie #1] via Voice Threads (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Complete Team Assessment #1 (SLO )
Write Blog Post #7: Movie Review (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Read ch. 1-4 (pp. 1-82) of Brown Girl in the Ring (SLO 1)
Work on Podcast Team Project (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 9 (Mar 07 – Mar 11), MID-SEMESTER GRADES – 03/11: Self-assessment; Defining dystopiaMidterm Check-in. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the video “Micro-lecture No. 3: Paulo Friere” (SLO 3)
Submit Midterm Essay (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Complete Learning Self-Assessment #1 (SLO 5)
Write Blog Post #8: Is American Higher Education a dystopia? (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Read ch. 5-8 (pp. 83-166) of Brown Girl in the Ring (SLO 1)
Work on Podcast Team Project (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 10 (Mar 14 – Mar 18): Power and privelege; Intellectual propertyDystopian Movie Bingo. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the video “Micro-lecture No. 3: Edward Snowden” (SLO 1)
Erasing Contemporary Problems Activity (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the Intellectual Property Introduction Videos (SLO 4)
Write Blog Post #9: Is Edward Snowden right? (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Read ch. 9-14 (pp. 167-247) of Brown Girl in the Ring (SLO 1)
Work on Podcast Team Project (Post script draft) (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 11 (Mar 21 – Mar 25): Novel discussions; Creative commons; Sources and citationsPodcast Check-in. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the Intellectual Property AMA Video (SLO 4)
Complete the Intellectual Property Activity (SLO 2, 4)
Participate in first class discussion of Brown Girl via Voice Threads (SLO 1, 2, 3)
Watch the Podcast Episode Notes video (SLO 4, 5)
Watch the Creative Commons video (SLO 4, 5)
Complete Team Assessment #2 (SLO )
Write Blog Post #10: Podcast Production Update [required] (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Work on Podcast Team Project (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 12 (Mar 28 – Apr 01): Novel discussions; Movie watchingF2F, Remote, Asynchronous. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Participate in second class discussion of Brown Girl via Voice Threads (SLO 1, 2, 3)
Read “Point of No Return” (SLO 1, 4)
Read “The Dystopian Hellscape of Online Learning” (SLO 1, 4)
Watch Student Choice Movie #2 (SLO 1)
Write Blog Post #11: Where is learning going? (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Work on Podcast Team Project (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 13 (Apr 04 – Apr 08), FALL REGISTRATION: Past, present, and future; Movie discussionsDystopia & the Past. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Watch the video “Pre-reading No. 8: The End of History” (SLO 3)
Read & annotate “The End of History” (SLO 1, 3)
Participate in class discussion of [Movie #2] via Voice Threads (SLO 1, 2, 3, 5)
Write Blog Post #12: Movie Review (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Submit Podcast Materials (SLO 4, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Week 14 (Apr 11 – Apr 15), EASTER HOLIDAYS – 04/15-16: Podcast critiquesListen to Podcast Episodes #1-10 (SLO 2, 3, 4)
Podcast Critiques Activity, Pt. 1 (SLO 2, 3, 4)
Write Blog Post #13: Podcast Post-production [required] (SLO 1, 2, 3)
Week 15 (Apr 18 – Apr 22): Podcast critiques; Defining dystopiaDystopia & the Future. Respond to at least three other posts. (SLO 2, 3, 4, 5)
Listen to Podcast Episodes #11-20 (SLO 2, 3, 4)
Podcast Critiques Activity, Pt. 2 (SLO 2, 3, 4)
Watch the video “Micro-lecture No. 4: On Dystopia Redux” (SLO 1)
Redefining Dystopia Activity (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Course Assessment (SLO 5)
Complete Team Assessment #3 (SLO )
Write Blog Post #14: How do you define dystopia? [required] (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Submit Podcast Reflection Essay (SLO 2, 3, 5)
Learning Journal Entry (SLO 5)
Finals Week (Apr 24 – May 04): Defining dystopiaSubmit Final Exam Essay (SLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Complete Learning Self-Assessment #2 (SLO 5)

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