- I met with my advisor today which was a pleasant experience, as usual. I feel incredibly lucky for this.
- One of the things we discussed is that I really should lift weights if I’m going to make it through this program.
- I had half a bell pepper and three Cadbury Creme Eggs for dinner.
- My summer course was approved – so I’m teaching a version of my Women in Sitcoms class.
- I was able to hire my former intern as my TA. I’ve given that kid a job twice! He’s been an amazing worker and will probably fly through the ranks in the library world. I am trying to be nice to him so he’ll hire me when I finish this degree. 😉
- It has been 9 weeks since I broke my foot and sprained my ankle, and I am still wearing an aircast but am thankfully off crutches.
- I’m doing directed readings this summer, so I will probably be no fun to talk to unless you’re really interested in information literacy, education, information seeking, and libraries. Although, because of my class, I’ll talk a bit about sitcoms, gender studies, and social justice as well.
- I am the world’s slowest grader, and I can’t use that app from the UNC professor because my students’ projects are online.
- My favorite thing about this semester is getting to play with numbers. Psychometrics is awesome.
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Tags: navel gazing
Hey friends – I have an opportunity to pitch a new class and am looking for some ideas.
Here are the basics:
- Summer class
- Lower-division undergraduate
- in the School of Information
- Asynchronous, hosted in Canvas, but a few chat sessions/google hangouts in small groups over the semester
- Readings/viewings/listenings, I’m sure I’ll make a few jing videos
- I’m not sure if I want to do a final paper or project – I need to clarify my learning objectives first (you can help with this)
I want to teach it like I taught my FYS at my old place which used the guise of Women in Sitcoms to teach:
- Database searching
- Effective use of the libraries (LibGuides, keywords)
all that good library stuff
- feminist theory
- critical media studies
- categories of race/class/gender/sexuality and their representation in US culture
- US history
- how to be good at this whole college things
- awareness of campus resources
I have doubts that the sitcom class will fly under the INF title, and I’d need to beef it up from 1 credit to 3 credits. I don’t want to just do the library 101 without a hook topic though – I’m still working on that part. I also have the general model I used for the 9 billion one-shots I did – my menu of things that I adapted for class session time and topics. My concern is, that I’ll just repeat the stuff I’ve done (even though I think a good amount of it was useful) without pushing myself.
What I’d love to hear from you – if you were doing a semester-long class under the INF umbrella what concepts would you definitely include in your curriculum? Is there something you teach in your current one-shots or classes that you think I should include?
Hit me up in the comments, friends!