Unfortunately, I have to cancel tomorrow night’s class and all conferences set for tomorrow. I am not happy about this, but we will make do. To make up for the lost time, I want everyone to do the following:
1. Post your proposal to your blog ***by Monday night***. It must have all the components: the topic, the audience, the form, and how you will find out what you want to know.
2. Pick four people’s proposals to respond to ***by Wednesday***. Try to pick ones that haven’t already been commented on so that everyone gets some feedback. Don’t just say, “That’s great.” That is not real feedback. What do you like about it? Why do you like it? What do you think needs to be further developed? Are you convinced that their project is doing? Give the writer something he or she can work with so that he or she can move their ideas forward into the first draft phase. You can also recommend resources or questions that the writer should pose for her or his self. This is very helpful for many writers.
3. Research journals 1 & 2 are still due for next week. Journal # 1 was supposed to be done in class. You should take the cancelled class time to work on it, so that you are not overwhelmed. I will accept interviews that you have conducted as alternatives to research journal # 2. These are due by class time on Monday.
4. Find two articles that argue for the same topic, one that advocates for the change and one that stands against it in some way. Either print them or store them on your computer for class on Monday. You don’t have to do anything with them just yet, but do make sure to have them. You also may want one back up, just in case. These do not have to be about your topic exactly. For instance, one of you may be writing about printers on campus, but could broaden to information technology (IT) services or resources on college campuses if no one was arguing about printers.
CONFERENCES: I’m sorry to say that I will not be able to make it to the conferences tomorrow either. If you need to speak with me this week and it cannot wait, we can arrange either a Google chat or a Skype meeting. If you would rather reschedule, then we can do that on Monday.
I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. I do hate to cancel class, especially at this point in the semester when there is so much to be done. Please feel free to email me if you have questions.