Champlain College (Newsactivism class) and SUNY Brockport (Sociology/ Globalization class)- Winter 2013

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Champlain College (Newsactivism class) and SUNY Brockport (Sociology/ Globalization class)- Winter 2013
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Gabe and Eric will be teaching courses that have students from New York and Montreal collaborating on written assignments, via blogging and commenting.

We want to work out an assignment schedule here.

Schedule for Newsactivism

Hi Eric,

Check out the course outline for my course this semester. The schedule is at the end of the course outline, but here it is cut and pasted:

 

 

 

In class work

Assignment Schedule

Marks

Weeks 1-4

Introduction of program, social networking website, tagging, blogging, 1 posts

Create personal page and make first posting(s) of news story with tags.

18 %

Exploring  News Posts/Comment

10% Multiple Perspectives Post

Week 5-7

2 posts per week including a journal article summary each week

Assigned chapter of A Year of Living Generously

Focusing in posts/comment

18%- Narrowing focus posts/comment

 

Weeks  8-9

Organizational Research

Post summarizing organization/volunteer findings

10%: Completed Research on NGOs

Weeks 10-12

3 posts (including summative assessment outline post)and 3 comments per week

Postings(including summative assessment outline post)

 

18% posts and comments

 

Week 13-14

Brief presentations on A Year of Living Generously

Brief presentations on A Year of Living Generously

5% brief presentations

Week 15

Final Essay and summary in post or Multimedia post with volunteer work

Summative assessment

Final comment(s)

20% Summative Assessment

1% Final comment-survey(s)

Course Outline

Here it is

My test pdf

This is a PDF File: test_pdf.pdf

Plan for using Newsactivist in Globalization Course

Gabe,

I'm still filling in the details, but my globalization students will be learning about transnational projects (collaborative work across borders) through weekly exercises that they solve through teamwork. There will be seven teams of five students. Each team will choose a topic for the semester to investigate from a list that I can share with you (it is not pasting in neatly here). The topics fall under several broad areas: Human Rights, Environmental Protection, Poverty, Business and Finance, Media and Popular Culture, Health, and Crime. Based on the topic they select, I will then also assign teams a relevant country to think about in more detail.

Each week members if the team will all write a summary of a relevant news article that appeared in the last seven days for their topic, the team will choose their "favorite" and a different student will turn in the final write-up, which they will also post to Newsactivist. We will do this for five weeks and then switch to research article summaries for the next five weeks. each student will blog/be graded on one newsacrticle and one research article.

The final project will be for the students to propose their own transnational project related to the topic and country. Along with making a persuasive case for the project, the proposal will identify the cultural, historical, and power dynamics that they anticipate and how they will deal with them.

It seems to me that my students may overlap with your students in terms of the topics that they are writing about. Perhaps this is the best way to strucure student2student dialogue.

What do you thinnk?

Eric



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Human Rights

Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Women’s Rights

LGBT Rights

Religious Freedom

Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Democratization

Labor Rights

Environmental Protection

Climate Change

Deforestation

Water

Biodiversity/Species Conservation

Air pollution

Toxic chemicals
e-Waste

Poverty

Hunger/Malnutrition

Preventable Diseases/Mortality

Basic Education

Infrastructure

Housing

Microfinance

Health Care

Business and Economic Growth

Joint Ventures

Outsourcing

Manufacturing Regimes

Commodity Chains

International Logistics

Cross-cultural Marketing

International Capital Flows

Intellectual Property Rights

Sovereign Debt

 

Mass Media & Popular Culture

Exporting television programs

Global film production and distribution

Social media and political organizing

Global pop music

Global sports and fans

Fashion industry

Health

Epidemics and Pandemics

Vaccines

Basic Health Care Systems

Drug Safety Testing

Crime

Human Trafficking

Drug Smuggling

Weapons Dealing

Piracy

Cybercrime


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Fascinating

Hi Eric,

I will also be moving between news articles and then including journal articles later on. I think the way you are going about it is great, where you have students choosing among themselves which is the article they want to submit.

My students will submit posts around the end of February where each states their focus for the rest of the semester. Having feedback on that post would be great, if assigning comments will be possible within your curriculum. I think I could ask my students to respond with comments to your class as soon as week three, which would be assigning a comment mid-February, if you think that would be a good time for your students to receive feedback.

Although making students comment on issues that they are focusing on has its benefits, we could also allow the commenting to be "a la carte" where students could choose to comment on issues and provide context with their background knowledge, or the commenting could be a bit more free.

Let's try to organize the earlier stuff now, as to commenting, but I'm wondering if we might have a student from Canada become a member of the transnational team, or perhaps the students in my class who focus on International work after week four or five, they might be the "recipients" of a proposal from a team of your students.

Best,
Gabe