Week 4: assignments

Please complete the following first two assignments (covering material from week 4) by the start of class on Tuesday. The third one should be done by Thursday.

  1. Below are two websites, randomly selected from the students in this course. Go to each website and give feedback on the reflection for week 3.
        • If one of the websites shown below is your own, or it is twice the same site, refresh the page, and you should get new sites; if the week 3 reflection is not there, come back to this page and refresh to get a new site.
        • Use the hypothes.is add-on in your browser to give feedback to the post in the group HST267. Remember the Architect’s model of giving feedback! Be kind, be specific, and provide concrete suggestions for improvement.
        • Website 1:
        • Website 2:
  2. Create a Weekly Reflection responding to something we covered or read for the course in week 4:
        • add the blog post to the category HST267
        • Include the words week 4 in the title (you can personalize the title, as long as it includes these words: it helps me organize things on my end!)
        • Remember that the better reflections will respond to a specific text, object, or idea: provide concrete details and examples.
        • Include a reference to the text(s) you focus on, in Chicago notes and bibliography style.
        • Incorporate the feedback you received on earlier work to make this a stronger post than the previous one.
  3. We are now four weeks into the semester, and I would like you to take the time to reflect on your learning in this course so far. Write a 500-800 word piece, engaging with at least two of the following sets of questions. Post on your blog by the start of class on Thursday.
    1. How have you engaged with the class materials? What would you like to improve in your class preparation? What are you doing well?
    2. How have you treated the weekly reflection? Do you use it to dig deeper, have you gained new insights or perspectives, or have you merely tried to get through it as fast as possible? When you look back on the reflections you have written so far, and compare your work with others’, what do you observe?
    3. What have you learned in this course so far, in contents and/or in historical skills? Do you see patterns emerge? What are some of the threads or overarching topics you are interested in?
    4. What grade would you give yourself for “thoughtful participation in the Learning Commons” so far? What does an “A” grade look like for this component, according to your interpretation of the syllabus description?

    Please note that in question set 4 our opinions may differ, but we will use this as starting point to explore what grades ultimately mean to you, and to me.
    This assignment is not graded, but you should complete it as part of the “Thoughtful participation”. These reflections help me understand how you learn, and how I can best support your learning. I also hope you use this as a moment to think about how you can push the reset button on your engagement with the course, and commit anew to the goals you set yourself for this course.
    You will develop your metacognitive skills (knowing what you know) throughout the semester with a few of these reflections.

When you are ready with steps 1 and 2, head on over to Canvas and fill out the Declaration Quiz.