Seeking a fourth collaborative partner from QC CEGEP

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Seeking a fourth collaborative partner from QC CEGEP
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Hi,

I'm teaching a course in the coming winter, January-May, at Champlain College Saint-Lambert, Montreal, Canada. Students will be writing several weekly news summaries, as well as specific assignments that respond to our classes focus, studying media, volunteer organizations, and the relevance of academic research to real-world problems.

I am planning to collaborate with a class on entrepeneurship in NY, a sociology class in California, and a Montreal class held at another college than my own,  Students from last year's class thought it would be nice to be giving a receiving feedback from local students not actually in their own classroom, for some relative anonymity, so I am seeking an additional partner for the class with whom I hope to organize assignments.

Let me know if you are interested by replying to this post. I can imagine that  a French or English college teacher in in sociology, humanities, non-fiction writing, journalism, philosophy or many other disciplines might work well. Likely, your students would be receiving feedback on their work from New York, California and my class just south of Montreal.

 

If you are interested, comment on this thread and we can then figure out what might work!

 

Thanks!
Gabe

Collaboration

Hi Gabe:

I'm interested in participating and will follow up with my teaching schedule/courses for the period.

Best,
Janet

Course Schedule

Hi Gabe:

Here's my schedule of courses that I believe would work for collaborative writing.

Fall 2 - 12/2 to 2/8/2013

BUS325 - Management Applications and Theories
GEN330 - Adult Development and Learning in the Workplace

Spring 1 - 2/24 to 4/26/2014

GEN224 - Professional Communications and Career Development
GEN421 - Technical Business Communications
GEN129 - Oral Communications

Spring 2 - 5/5 to 6/30/2014

GEN342 - Writing for the Business Professions
BUS410 - Critical Issues in Business

Fall 1 - 9/22 to 11/15/2014

BUS280 - Business Applications and Leadership

Fall 2 - 12/1 to 2/7/2014

BUS280 - Business Applications and Leadership
GEN342 - Writing for the Business Professions

Best,
Janet

My dates

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.

 

Dates for Brockport SOC 100 & SOC 300

Hi Gabe,

I'd love to have my Intro to Soc students do a post reply series with your with their Blog News posts on Feb 14th or 17th and replies a week later. A second Blog Research post would be March 14th with replies March 24th after Spring Break.

The SOC 300 Social Theory course will respond to the Newsactivist portfolio proposal post in early April and then post a consultant Theories of Change by April 15th.

GEN421

Hi Gabe:

I'd like to have my GEN421 class respond to your students beginning March 30 and wil aslo create a forum for this group at that time.

What do you think?

Best,
Janet

GEN421

Janet, can you let me know a bit about the technical business communications course? I'd love my students to receive feedback from yours on their assignments, which, if that is all you have the class do, will be easy for me to accept. At that point in the semester my students may be writing about the research they have undertaken on volunteer opportunities with certain non-profits and socially-conscious businesses. If so, perhaps you can create some feedback assignments where your students rep;y to mys students' posts in ways that directly allow your students to apply what they have learned as they respond to my students' posts?
But if my students are to give feedback to yours, what kind of assignments might your students be writing and adding to newsactivist?

Looking forward to this!

GEN421

Janet, can you let me know a bit about the technical business communications course? I'd love my students to receive feedback from yours on their assignments, which, if that is all you have the class do, will be easy for me to accept. At that point in the semester my students may be writing about the research they have undertaken on volunteer opportunities with certain non-profits and socially-conscious businesses. If so, perhaps you can create some feedback assignments where your students rep;y to mys students' posts in ways that directly allow your students to apply what they have learned as they respond to my students' posts?
But if my students are to give feedback to yours, what kind of assignments might your students be writing and adding to newsactivist?

Looking forward to this!

GEN421

Hi Gabe:

I've pasted the course description below. One focus of this course is cultural communications. My plan is to have students post responses about world international socio-economic issues. I'll be referring to articles is Al Jazeera and BBC America.

What do you think?

Best,
Janet

Course description

Hi Janet,

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?

Gabe

GEN421 - Course Description

Hi Gabe:

Here's the description:

Students will learn how to develop ideas to form purposeful, clear and concise business documents for written and oral presentations. Coursework will highlight the importance of audience analysis to develop and deliver written documents and oratory presentations. Assignments will further require students to focus on discerning and aligning the following communication elements: vocabulary, tone, style, format and context.

Best,
Janet

Collaboration - 2014

Hi again:

Yes, my class starts on Monday, 2/24. Please let me know what dates you have in mind for my students to respond to yours.
Also, I'm thinking I might also have another class participate along with the GEN421, "Professional Communications and Career Development" (GEN224). Both sets of students might respond to yours in the same timeframe. The course description for GEN224 is posted below.

The course is designed to provide a culminating experience in business communications and professional development. Covered in this course is advanced English usage essential to written business document creation and oral presentations. Using individual participation and demonstration methods, students will be trained in interviewing techniques and in developing professional demeanors vital to career success.

Your thoughts? Thanks much.

Best,
Janet

More responses for Janet's GEN 421

Hi Janet,

My students in Introduction to Sociology will be responding to Gabe's students a few times during the semester, but I have a large section of 120 students. I could give them the option of responding to posts by your students if the dates of the posts work out well.
My schedule has students posting responses on Feb 24th (your first day), Mar 24th, and Apr 21st. They would need posts up a week before the due date to give them time to find someone to respond to.

Let me know what you think,
Eric

I Say Yes

Hi Eric:

The March and April dates work for me. Let's do it :-)

Thank you.

Best,
Janet

March 17 and April 14

Hi Eric:

I will ask my students to locate, read, and comment on business and politics articles that present issues. I will ask my students to do begin this exercise the weeks of 3/17 and 4/14 so that when your students log on on 4/24 and 4/21 they may respond. I will forward my syllabus for the Technical Business Communications course via email

Please advise with your thoughts. Thank you.

Best,
Janet

Shalei and Gabe plan

Shalei and I have decided our classes will likely have feedback loops defined as below:
Gabe's class is writing about social issues. Shalei's students will soon each be asked to reply to a student in Gabe's class, so that they have gotten a sense of the issues that matter to the students in Gabe's class.
Then Shalei's students will write a short piece summarizing a business that attempts to improve that issue.
Gabe's students will be asked to reply to these pieces, giving a Canadian/Quebec perspective to the business summary.
Later in the semester, students will hopefully choose to continue communicating, especially Gabe's students who continue to show interest in entrepeneurship, who may partner with a group at the end of the semester, helping develop a business model.

Gabe's assignment for summaries and comments

Here is what I require my students to include when doing commenting and news summarizing:
Week 1 Assignment: NewsActivism 2014
To be submitted by 9PM January 26 to both NewsActivist.com and turnitin.com
This week, you will write two news summaries and one comment on another student's post by Sunday evening. Each summary is worth 2% and each comment is worth 1%.
You must upload each to newsactivist.com (although you can mark your posts as private if you wish. Select "share only with friends". If you choose to do this, make sure you and I are friends so I can see your posts!). Finally, you must cut and paste each summary and comment into a text document and upload it to turnitin as a single piece of writing so I can give you feedback without writing on your post in newsactivist.com.
Here are the requirements for each part of the Assignment
News Summary
You will write a summary of a news article which indicates some part of the world you feel should be improved. You must choose articles that you can imagine some way in which a person like you could potentially be involved in fixing the problem. If you can't imagine any way to participate in fixing the problem, you have chosen an article that doesn't fit for this assignment. You will need to be sure to include several elements to receive your full 2 marks.
1. You need to clearly explain the news article in your own words.
2. You need to clearly explain what should be improved as indicated in the article.
3. You must have edited your writing so there are no obvious mistakes in spelling, punctuation or grammar.
4. You must give your news summary a clear and inviting title.
5. You must provide the title of the original article and the author and date of publication in your post, and an active link so your reader can click to see the original article you are summarizing.
If any of the above are not done correctly, your post will lose .5. If you have not uploaded your work to turnitin.com and newsactivist by Sunday at 9PM, you will lose half your marks for the weekly 5%
Comment
In your comment on another student's post, you must:
1. Start by mentioning something positive about the post, either regarding content or style or something else.
2. Explain something constructive that could help the student deepen their understanding of the issue. Either
a. provide a link to a related article and explain the relevance to the original post.
b. provide something personal or unique about your relationship with the issue either as an individual or a person from Montreal or a specific family backgroundm so that the original author can understand your perspective and.
3.You must have edited your writing so there are no obvious mistakes in spelling, punctuation or grammar.
If any of the above are not done correctly, your post will lose .5. If you have not uploaded your work to turnitin.com and newsactivist by Sunday at 9PM, you will lose half your marks for the weekly 5%

Exciting! Ideas

Hi folks,
I just wanted to say it is really interesting to see the creative thinking about how to create connections between assignments to help students engage more meaningfully with each other's posts.
This should be an interesting semester with four or five courses all interacting. We might want to track how we have done that. I was thinking of taking a photo of my classes soon and posting it as the course image. Perhaps this would help the students start to perceive the kind of dialogue they are engaged in.

Eric and Gabe's first feedback loop

Gabe's students will be posting their first Super Post (editorial/multiple perspectives piece) between Feb 14 and 19 and Eric's students will be posting a Blog News review of a magazine article between Feb 12 and 17. Eric's students will respond to Gabe's by Feb 24th and Gabe's will respond between the 20th and the 23rd.

Here are Eric's Blog News Instructions:
Blog News Instructions
Submission
Graded in the Writing Assignment Category
Due Monday, Feb 17th at 11:59pm
Submit to Blog News Drop Box on ANGEL & post to Newsactivist.com

Scenario
Imagine yourself as a blogger who specializes in collecting the latest news, ideas, and research on an issue with social dimensions that matters to you. Your readers value you as a maven, someone that disseminates great information and offers valuable insights/critical thinking on how people write about and research this issue. In this first post, you will be writing about a magazine article that you want to draw attention to. Your primary goal is to get your readers to read this magazine article and respond to your evaluation. You want to generate a meaningful discussion.

Genre
Blog posting has a more conversational style than essays and research papers. For this kind of blog you want readers to take you seriously. So you want to write accessibly, but with a degree of formality so the post does not look like something you would text or post to friends on FB. Still, it is okay to use the first person and connect to personal experiences.

Find a Magazine Article
You will find a magazine article from between 2008 and 2014 aimed at a general audience that addresses the social dimensions of an issue that you care about. You should select an article that is not only about a topic that interests you, but also one that adds something interesting to public discussion of the topic.

Choose an article that…
a) contains useful/recent data on your topic,
b) describes a new approach or way of thinking about your topic,
c) describes a concrete case related to your topic, OR
d) describes a different viewpoint than your own

Use the Library Online Databases
1. Use library website: library.brockport.edu
2. Click Articles in the left-hand margin, click on Databases A-Z
3. Click on Academic Search Complete
4. Enter a search term related to your topic, you may need to play around with search terms.
5. Narrow your search by focusing on Magazine articles and Shifting the dates to articles from 2008 to 2014 (check boxes in left-hand column and a sliding bar with years).
6. Read several articles, choose the best one according to the criteria above
7. With the article open, click on the image of a disk in upper right hand corner.
8. Save/download article in an available format for your records.
9. If possible find a direct link to the article on the internet. Save the URL to place in your post.
Writing Guidelines
In one paragraph summarize the main points of the article, try to clearly represent the logic more than the order of the statements. Focus on the author’s purpose, question and conclusions with brief description of information/evidence.

In another paragraph, evaluate the ideas presented using one or two of the dimensions from The Critical Thinking Guide. Try to assess some of the dimensions to find 2-3 really important points about the reasoning/thinking behind the article.

Please do not include quotations. Instead paraphrase (put the ideas and information in your own words). This means sentence structure should be fundamentally different.

Elements of Your Document for the Drop Box and Newsactivist
Create an exciting title that will draw in readers. Do not use the assignment name in the title. Place this at the very top of your document under the heading Title.

Create a brief one-two sentence summary of your post that will draw readers to click your post. Place this before the body of our post under the heading Summary.

The Body of your post that summarizes and evaluates the magazine article should appear under the heading Body. In the Body of the paper, your magazine article should be cited at least once in APA citation format.

After the Body of your document include APA reference for the article and any other sources you used under the heading References.

If you have an URL for the website to read the article, include that after the Body of your post under the heading Link to Article. Do not include a link to the article in the database – only Brockport folks can use that.

• All elements should be included in the word document that you submit to the Drop Box.

• Follow the instructions on How to submit to Newsactivist.docx to complete your post there.

Comments will be arriving

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.

 
Collaboration - 2014

Hi Gabe:

I've included the NewsActivist link in the first module of my GEN421 course which begins tomorrow (2/24). I've asked students to register by Wednesday, 2/26 in preparation for their reading and responding to your (and later Eric's) student posts.

Please let me know if there's anything further I should be sure to communicate to them.

Thank you much and looking forward!

Best,
Janet