Early Modern Knowledge (Section 14, Fall 2017)
About this class
To quote L.P. Hartley: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” Early modern Europe (1500-1800) does indeed seem like a foreign land, where kings and queens ruled over a population that would be considered both ignorant and subservient by modern standards. And yet, this was a universe that had its own rationale and a time when important developments in scientific, philosophical, political, and religious knowledge laid the foundation for the world in which we live today. Western society embraced the notion that the earth revolved around the sun, and ideas about a divinely ordained monarchy gave way to the defense of democratic forms; theologians tore apart the Christian church, and people began to think through the implications of empire and conquest as Europeans spread themselves around the globe.
How was knowledge constructed in this period, and how and why did older forms of knowing give way to new ways of understanding the universe? Moreover, how were the various intellectual developments of the day interrelated, and what does all of this tell us about the production of knowledge more generally? This course will investigate how knowledge was produced (and also reformed) in the early modern world and, in the process, develop students' capacity for critical thought and analysis. It is organized thematically rather than chronologically, and incorporates workshops and in-class activities alongside lecture material. A participation mark will be also assigned.
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Comments will be arriving from Montreal students to NYC students for March 3, as a part of the below assignment:
Organizational Research and NYC comments: 10%
Due Monday March 3, 2014 at noon on NewsActivist and Turnitin.com
This assignment requires you to research and explore four non-profit organizations or socially responsible businesses that provide volunteer opportunities. Each volunteer opportunity submitted is worth 2% of your final mark for a total of 8% of the course.
You will also make two comments to NYC students as we generally have been doing, during class time on either February 24 or February 27 and each is worth 1%.
So, you will submit four volunteer opportunities and two comments by March 3 at noon for 10% of the course.
You can choose to do the volunteer research part of this work as a group of two, three, or four people, each member who has been posting about the same issue. If you do the organizational research as a team, this is good as during the February 19 organization day, each of you can interview one organization that day, and the organizations won’t receive the same questions too many times. If you do the organization research as a team, each member will submit at least one volunteer opportunity to newsactivist, and the group will submit the group’s findings in class March 3 as a printout with all group members’ names.
If you do the organization research as a team, all four opportunities will relate to the same issue. If you do the organization research alone, you can research two organizations related to your superpost and the other two related to other submitted news summaries.
1. Reflect on your superpost or a news summary or a new story that inspires your research.
2. Search for organizations working on improving the issue associated with the story. If you want to, can find others in the class interested in the same issue and make this a group project. However, each member of the group (maximum four) will submit an individual volunteer opportunity to the site and the four members will submit their four volunteer opportunities as a group to me in class as a printout.
3. For full marks for each volunteer opportunity/organization research, you must include:
a. The organization’s core values and goals.
b. The major projects the organization is working on in 2014.
c. The volunteer opportunities that would be available to those wanting to help in the organizations mission. (You might need to call or email)
d. The contact person and information for the volunteer opportunities
e. Optional information:
i. The history of the organization
ii. The past projects the organization dealt with
iii. The job opportunities associated with the organization.
THE Gen 421 pasted course description needs to be reposted when you can. I can't see it.
Also, will we have any collaborative exercises taking place before March 30? Will you be using newsactivist for your earlier classes?
I have a teacher at Champlain who would love to have a collaborative partner for some feedback assignments. Her course mainly deals with understanding cultures different from our own, which seems to fit with some of your courses.
Let me know and I'll introduce you two!
My classes will start posting their news summaries twice weekly on January 20. They will start being assigned feedback writing as of January 27-February10. My classes run until early May.
First of all, Linda, get your collaborators to sign up here soon and access this thread so we can plan!
I was inspired to ask for this as I have a colleague, a photography teacher, who might want to join you in this project.
I'd also love to be able to continue the conversation with Joe I started about this site and photography. Clearly, film is a part of your work, so I'd like to spend time considering how we'll be able to make this site best serve your purposes!
I'm really excited about your plans!
Although I may not be able to participate next year in the collaboration, I will be able to support you guys and provide guidance in how to use the site and even to link you (I think!) to a sociology professor in California who may be using the site in the fall!
The best way to incorporate videos, as far as I can tell, will be to upload them to youtube and to provide links and explanation in a post on the page of the film-maker.
Alternatively, low quality videos should be able to be uploaded directly, and a lot of the work in planning and preparing the video can take place in the newsactivist website.
Students can share material only with friends (and teacher's can be part of that) and over the summer I want to be making the site a little clearer about which campuses are collaborating so certain posts can be shared with the collaborating classes and not the whole website community- for drafts and planning.
Then final products can be marked public and the whole site can explore and comment on the work your collaborating students are developing!
Let me know any questions and try to get the other teachers who are involved to comment on this thread- then you will all get emails when any additional comments are added to this thread!
So excited to see what takes place!
I will post this here, but have also created a thread for design suggestions. But Norm and I discussed a few larger site design issues this morning, and so I'll include them in this thread. The below issues may not be resolved until the end of the semester, since design and implementation might lead to bugs or make certain time-sensitive work unavailable.
1. We would like to Private class material that is to be seen by several but not all classes- how to navigate this?
--- norm has request to "only see in certain classes"
--- It is important to note that back-end shifts in types of content or class can lead to problems with content already submitted from different menus.
2. Activities that don't have links to news stories? Shall there be a category that is default hidden from the front page for more reflectional or compositional work that is not yet ready for front page sharing?
3.It would be good if teacher's could organize the material posted by their students in certain threads, such as according to assignment or at least by date or some such system. The search function and tagging allow for certain possibilities in the current design, which Norm will be testing with his classes to see if it allows enough control of content.
see you Monday. Where and when shall I Meet you? Your office at noon? Can you provide the office number for me again?
ps: how was the class for you and your students Monday, Rebecca? Nice to have met you!
Click on another class (Newsactivism 2013 will work or Kaldor's sociology class) and you can see how the posts will show up, most recent at the top!
Let me know if that helps,
Hi Norm, Rebecca, and Claudie!
Reading Norm's last post gives me a perspective that is important to reiterate: all teachers and students using this site this semester share the exciting possibility of being able to shape this new and developing site as it grows, sometimes by discovering certain bugs or features that are not quite ready for use. Being a part of this project will push me and this site forward and allows us to all be sharing the shaping of the site, and it makes it exciting for our students to be using such a new web-tool, but they should be informed we are using such a tool, an ambitious website with little funding thus far, that works, but is going to be improved a lot by our use of it this semester.
My campus directorhas allotted ten hours of technician pay per month through June to help in the maintenance and improvement of the site. I told him how we have used a lot of time getting the teacher's forum up and runnning in January (here we are using it!) and that we could use a little more of the technician's work in January, as we've used up his ten hours of time, but I discovered in my first classes using the site this week that certain privacy features (which are crucial) needed to be fixed. Luckily, he alotted another five hours of technician time to the site for January, and the privacy of students is now avaiable. I am adding the below note about privacy to the FAQs section of the site, but here is how to keep students' posts private, but visible to the teacher:
When a student wants to keep a post or posts private, the easiestway to do so is to share the post "only with friends" (an option on the content submission form) and have the teacher of the course be the student's friend.
Yesterday, this was working to make the "only my friends" post private within a certain class, yet the private post was still showed up on the front page of the site! With the extra technical time, we've already started tweaking the site and now posts shared "only with friends" really are not visible to other site users at any place on the site.
Such is the way this site's ongoing development will flow in real time! As teachers and students find flaws or have ideas of how the site might flow better, please always share them! I hope to keep improving the site for all of us.
So, hello to Rebecca and Claudie! Let me know when I can visit your classes to share the site with your students, if you would like that, and otherwise, see you here in this forum as we plan together.
There no collaborative classes