Syllabus Quiz due tonight; TC Office Hours;

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Syllabus Quiz

If you haven’t yet taken the syllabus quiz in Canvas, please do so right away -- it is due tonight at 11:59pm. No extensions will be given.

TC Office Hours

Please be sure to respond by THURSDAY NOON to the poll at the link in the email that Brandon Persico sent today with the title “Office Hours Scheduling.” Also please look for an email from Cassandra (Cassie) Alexe about who, if anyone, you plan to pair with for media artifact and proposal work later on in the semester.

Moving from Provocations to Issue Areas

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Provocations. While you may wrap-up any current discussions in the Provocations, as of tomorrow (Jan. 29), please begin shifting your discussion to the eight issue areas, which are now available on the MSC home page. The issue areas will allow for more focused, in-depth discussion of problems and challenges facing students of all ages across Michigan. Eventually you will choose one area where you will develop your media artifact and proposal, but you don’t need to choose yet -- please explore and participate in multiple areas and keep an open mind.

As you dive deeper into your discussions, please hold back from proposing solutions -- your task right now is to look for the problems behind the problems, and ask lots of questions. (What kind of problem is this -- economic, political, social, legal, ethical, educational? Who is -- or who should be -- responsible? How did this situation come about? How widespread is this problem, and does it happen equally in different parts of Michigan and for different groups of people? What institutions or organizations are addressing this problem or those like it? What aspects are unique to Michigan, and how does the situation in Michigan compare to that in other states? etc.)

At the same time, make every effort to have back-and-forth conversations -- don’t post stand-alone mini-essays! From the EDUC 362 syllabus: “Good discussion posts may reference related ideas within or outside the MSC; they may offer alternative perspectives or relevant background information; they may provide specific suggestions for improving ideas, they may broaden or narrow the scope of proposal, and they may constructively point out weaknesses or inconsistencies.”

Town Halls

Please take note of the “Counts as a town hall” events on the MSC site, keeping in mind that you will need to attend at least two during the semester. While there may be a few more listed as the semester goes on, do not delay in meeting this requirement -- you may not have a chance later. Be sure to read the event listings carefully, and note especially that you must email the instructors with a brief summary of take-aways within three days of attending a town hall.

Service activity must start by Feb. 3

UM students, if you haven’t already done so, please start working on arrangements for your service activity right away. There are many organizations to choose from in the list of approved service opportunities, but if you are encountering difficulties, or if special circumstances apply, please contact the instructors right away.