Proposal check-in, final town halls, M-DICE

Proposal check-in

Please be sure to sign up ASAP for a proposal check-in -- there are slots available between now and March 13. During this period we will not schedule faculty office hours, but if you would like to come in for a regular meeting (i.e., not talking specifically about your proposal), feel free to take one of the slots for that purpose as well (just make a note to that effect next to your name).

Media artifacts, proposal formatting, persona & POV statement

Proposal formatting

Media Artifacts (due today for EDUC 362 students) are the first part of MSC proposal documents, and we have a few instructions and requests, with the aim of making the proposals easier to access and read.

  1. Please do not put your name(s) into the title of the proposal -- the title should describe the topic only. (Don't worry, you can edit the title at any time.) If you are co-authoring your proposal, editing the document once will add your name as a contributor on the page, and we will know that the proposal is yours.

  2. The link to your media artifact should be a descriptive title with an active link, not a URL in the text.

  3. In general, your proposal should be a working document. It should grow and evolve over the course of the semester -- please be bold about posting early drafts of sections, and making changes as you go along.

Media artifact, proposal check, TC advice, and more

Media artifact reminder

Your media artifact is due this Friday. Keep in mind that the point of the media artifact is to inform your MSC peers about some issue: something that’s surprising, thought-provoking, or question-raising. This is a chance for you to synthesize different perspectives and angles on a particular issue, or highlight controversies. You don’t have to solve the problem yet, just start to describe it.

Proposal Check (EDUC 362 students only)

Service Check-in, Media Artifact

EDUC 362 students: Service Check-in due today

A reminder for all EDUC 362 students that your service check in is due by midnight tonight. The service check-in is simply a couple paragraphs describing your service activity, the organization you are working with, and potential connections with your other MSC work. It can be submitted via the EDUC 362 Canvas site for your section.

Media artifact

Media artifacts are due this Friday, February 15. The previous MSC announcement has all sorts of tips and information, but please don’t hesitate to reach out to the TCs or the instructors if you have questions or just want to float some ideas.

Media Artifact and more

Please read this entire announcement for important instructions below about your Media Artifact, which should be completed and posted no later than February 15. You should be continuing to add to discussions in the various topic areas while you are working on your media artifact.

Advice from the TCs

First, though, some advice about posting discussion topics, from your TC gang:

  • Come up with a catchy and exciting title.

  • Include questions for people to think about.

  • Provide a brief summary of the article and your own brief commentary.

Town Halls this week, service activity, and more

Upcoming town halls

With the Polar Vortex gone (for now!), this week is full of town hall and “counts as town hall” events, including two that were rescheduled from last week.

MSC-sponsored Town Halls include:

Tuesday, 3pm: Sammi Haber from Nutrition Works NY

Interested in issues relating to food insecurity or childhood obesity? Explore topics like these and more with Samantha Haber, registered dietician, Michigan Alum, and entrepreneur. Whether you're looking for a proposal topic or have an interest in nutrition, this town hall will be filled with meaningful lessons and important takeaways!

Tuesday, 5:30pm: Frankie Moore from Community Action Network

Learn about CAN's work supporting children, youth, and families in underserved neighborhoods.

Wednesday, 5:30pm: Danyelle Reynolds from UM’s Ginsberg Center for Service Learning

Warm and cozy MSC updates and notes

It is cold outside, but the inside the MSC website it is warm and comfortable--the perfect opportunity to be more active online! Please continue to actively post.

Please follow the MSC on Instagram!

We’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, the @michiganstudentcaucus instagram account is full of great tips, advice, and MSC contributions worthy of your attention. Friendly hint: not only will the instagram posts help you be more effective in the MSC, your instructors will take notice and smile upon those who follow. Need we say more?

Provocations are done! Long live the topic areas!

The Provocations discussions, wonderful as they were, should be wrapped up by now. At this stage, please start posting in the topic areas. You are welcome to take up an idea or question that was addressed in the Provocations discussions and restart and reframe it in one of the topic areas.

Refer to outside research

Town hall meetings, discussion areas, service, Instagram

Town hall meetings

Four town hall events have been scheduled so far: there are two MSC-organized town hall meetings this week and one next week, plus a public event next week that can also count as a town hall. All can be found in the “Events” section of the MSC site. EDUC 362 students are required to attend at least two town halls, and we encourage you to attend as many as feasible. While more town halls and “counts as a town hall” events will be scheduled, do not wait for them -- please attend one or more of the currently listed town hall meetings if at all possible. If you plan to attend, please be sure to click the “attend” button on the event listing so we have an estimate of numbers (you can always change your mind). Attendees are asked to do a brief advance reading and come with a written question -- see the event listings for details.

Topic areas now open

Service Activity, Town Hall Meeting, MSC Instagram, and More!

Service Activity

You should be reaching out to service organizations from the approved service opportunities list and arranging to do at least 15 hours of activity with that organization. Please contact the organizations directly and schedule service based on your availability and their needs. (We try to keep the list updated, but not all organizations may be taking volunteers right now.)

Your service activity should begin no later than Monday, February 4, and you should have the bulk of your hours completed by mid-March, if possible, so that your experiences can inform your proposal. You will report on your activity in a “service check-in” due February 10, and in your final portfolio.

Town Hall Meeting

Notes and Reminders

Now that the Winter 2019 Michigan Student Caucus is fully underway, here are few notes and reminders:

- Thanks to everyone who has posted intriguing provocations and participated in the wide-ranging discussions currently going on around them. Provocations discussions will continue through next week. If you are in EDUC 362, be sure that by this Sunday night you have posted at least one provocation yourself. 

- EDUC 362 students should also keep in mind that the MINIMUM expectation for your online participation is multiple postings on the MSC site on at least 3 different days spread across every week. Right now your postings can include provocations you post yourself, comments on provocations posted by others, and replies to comments. Please be sure you have read the syllabus carefully, including the grading rubric, and holler if you have questions about any aspect of expectations for the course.

- We are working on scheduling our first set of town hall meetings, and we hope to have an update for you soon.