The fall 2012 semester has ended

This is the concluding post in this blog for 2012. This blog was used to run a university course completely from a free blog. Fall 2012 was the second time I ran the course this way (the first was in Fall 2010).

If you are curious about this course, please have a look at these links:

  • About This Course will give you a brief overview of the purpose of the course.
  • Required Work will show you what the students had to do.
  • All posts in the Assignments category will show you exactly what students had to produce each week in their individual blogs.
  • The first assignment instructed students to set up an individual blog for use in this course.

Most of the readings for this course were taken from academic journals, to which students had access via our university library. To see a full reference list of the readings, view the Readings PDF (2 pages, 78 KB). Some of these will be replaced when I teach the course in the future, but some will be retained.


Example of a Storify (follow-up to topic presentation)

(Update: Sept. 11) You will be able to find all the Storifys made by all the students in this course here:

Yesterday I gave the topic presentation in class. Today I made a Storify that gives you links to everything I showed in class — and the videos are embedded too.

You can embed a Storify into a blog post, but here I just gave you a link instead to save space on our course blog home page. 🙂

Making this Storify took me about one hour from start to finish. Of course I already had all my links, because I had to show them in class yesterday.

I tried to write just enough above each linked item or video to show how it made sense in the presentation. The point was not to write my whole presentation — just to provide all the resources with a little bit of context attached to EACH ONE.

I also put an introduction at the top and a conclusion at the end. You should too.

Please use this Storify as a model for your own. Do not build your Storify until AFTER you give your topic presentation in class.

How the assignments work

The assignments during the semester will be posted here. Assignments will always have the category “Assignments,” so you can easily look them up. Just open the category, and you’ll see the most recent assignment at the top. The categories appear as buttons near the top of every page on this blog.

The UF Libraries Course Reserves system (called Ares) is used for this course. Log in here to access Ares.

For an overview of all the assignments and graded work in this course, see Required Work.

For a calendar outline of the whole semester, see the Course Schedule.

All 2012 stuff is online now

I’m happy to announce that all the PDFs for this semester have been uploaded to Ares Course Reserves (see link at right). The course schedule is also up to date, and I’ll see you all in class on Wednesday!

Make sure you’re there so you can hear the instructions for how to set up your individual blog for this course!

Get ready by following the four links at the top of this page: About This Course, Syllabus, Course Schedule 2012, and Required Work.

For all the new students: Welcome to Gator Country!

Updates for Fall 2012

If you’re looking for the course syllabus for MMC 6612 at the University of Florida, you’re in the right place. I’m the professor, Mindy McAdams, and I’m finalizing the syllabus and the assigned readings now. I’ll make a new post here when everything new is online.

In the meantime, you can scan the pages linked at the TOP of this page (About This Course, etc.) — updated pages will include a note specifying the year 2012, but even the old pages (from 2010) will give you a clear idea of what the course is about and what kind of work you will be doing here. Most of the assigned readings will be NEW, but the assignments will be very similar to those from 2010.

There are no required BOOKS for this course, but there are many required readings — most of which are journal articles. Most of these will be available (free) through the Ares course reserves (see link at right). There’s little or no use of paper in this course — lots of reading, lots of writing, but not much paper!