As we start out on our #WritingRace journey

imagesWe have set out on a course to learn together.  You will map it.  Remember – think big (you can design a learning experience that will matter to you), think personal (you can bring your personal passion to the center of learning in this class), think practical (you should think about what you want to make).

Some basic “to dos” for next time we meet in person:

1.  Send me your blog url so I can start to syndicate everyone’s class blog.

2. Send me you twitter address so I can keep track of all of you on our class “backchannel”.

3.  Read and consider the Hack the Syllabus document.  Drop down any comments or notes there – next week we will start a collaborative edit of this document.  Read and consider your Think-Pair-Share 2/3 (initial brainstorming document) from our first class.

4.  BLOG #1:  Write about your growing ideas for a project for this course.  Think of your blog as a journal.  Here you are “writing-to-learn”.  (Often we discover our ideas through the act of writing.)  You can write in any style that suits you, you can use pictures, multimedia, etc.  The medium is more informal than traditional academic writing.  -Please write about your personal sense of what you would like to make in this class.  What would you would like to explore?  -Also, write about your sense of a final collaborative project that the class might aspire to as a whole.  What would be the most powerful way to connect the individual passions to an overall agenda?

Some final comments:

-I am so happy to see our course hashtag coming to life! Don’t be shy.  Jump in there anytime if you feel the inspiration.

-As I read through your Think-Pair-Share (initial ideas) I was struck by how there was consistent emphasis on visual learning (i.e. videos and films as course material, and visualizations to communicate an analysis).  In addition, there seems to be an emphasis on hands-on learning (i.e. making things, either digitally or otherwise).  You also emphasized interactivity as a powerful way to learn, and you all seemed to indicate that you learn when the topic matters to you in a personal way.  Also, some of you mentioned that the act of completion (i.e. a process with a beginning-middle-and-end) was an important part of a learning.  Keep these self-identified learning paradigms in mind as you think about what you want to do.

Some themes have seemed to surface as well: –The role of race in education;  –The issue of race as a personal inquiry (questions of identity); –The role that race plays in how we learn to write (language, power, politics); –Race in popular culture.  I think more categories (or sub-categories) will emerge as you blog for next week.

We all need to discover our shared purpose.  Next week in class we will really start to define that together.  I look forward to it!

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