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I must admit that I assigned the blogging assignment without really thinking through the fact that if I want the blogs to have any value to you (the students) or us (the instructors) someone needs to read the postings.
I’ve been reading blog postings for the last hour and a half, and I’m about half way through. I’ve come up with a grading rubric, and method. I’ve also extracted some statements that I would like to re post below after quickly explaining the rubric.
The stated assignment was to make at least 1 blog posting per week so I will review the blogs periodically check the content and posting dates to assign points. As I do the reviews I will add to the score in the Blog grade column. I reserve the right to give bonus points for high quality efforts.
|Possible Points||Due Date|
The title may be exsessive, but that was how I felt as i walked away from the classroom. I think part of the problem was high expectations. I spent a good part of the weekend thinking about the lecture and preparing figures.
The first time you use any figure you notice the mistakes… The pen input in the classroom not working as expected didn’t help.
The real problem with the lecture though was my drawing the wrong angle and not noticing my mistake even when pointed out to me. That is why I try to avoid doing math on the fly in front of the class.
I feel that I need to fix a few things as a result of the lecture today.
In order of increasing importance.
- reduce the value of the quiz questions to reduce the impact of my poor lecture.
- post corrected slides
- Phi and Theta used interchangeably
- create and post a camtasia video of the feed to t1 derivation
- create and pose a camtasia video of force transformations
I would simply change the due date of the quiz andtry the lecture over but that would disturb the schedule significantly.
You laugh I’ve done it before when I was unhappy with a lecture.
Monday lectures suck. Especially when the happen on Tuesday (I saw you sleeping! People aren’t supposed to be falling asleap until next week)
Stay tuned for anouncements about the items listed above.
See you in class
I have to admit that this first blog posting has been a little bit hard to start. It is the first one after all it seems that it needs to be exceptional to set the tone for the class and the site. You know the exceptional tone that I think it should have.
I sat and made notes about what I wanted to write. I made plans and outlines even sketches. I was going to film a video intro with embedded screen capture.
It was going to be perfect! You know, like the first time should be.
It dawned on me though that while worrying about making it perfect I wasn’t doing anything useful. Nothing that the class could use, or decide to ignore, was flowing out. The realization that that was much worse than a little less than perfect made me decide to type this stream of conciousness this morning and if all goes well I’ll click publish and stop procrastinating.
see you in class