Shifting to Hybrid Mode

Starting immediately, we will be shifting into the online hybrid mode for this course. This means Friday’s class will be conducted online and that pattern will continue for the foreseeable future.

A couple of things to remember:

  1. Information for each class will be posted the night before class on the blog around 11pm. You will want to complete the readings and assignments listed on the syllabus prior to class in the morning.
  2. You should do your best to complete the assigned work during our regularly scheduled class time period, but if you need a little extra time to complete something, you may turn in that work by 11:55pm the same day.
  3. Approximately once a week, you will need to meet with your peer review groups – the easiest time to do that is during our regularly scheduled class period, since you all know you are free. Missing a group meeting would count the same as an absence from class, so make sure you are not planning other activities during class time.
  4. I will be holding online office hours as we continue with the semester; please stay tuned to the blog and TSquare for more information about when/how those office hours will work.
  5. There will be two classes that meet at our regularly scheduled time but in the Homer Rice Classroom in the Georgia Tech library. Please mark October 17 and October 31 with a big star in your calendar, as these are the days the whole class will meet with Alison Valk in the library for lessons on video editing software.

If you have questions about due dates, assignments, or other course content, don’t forget that a lot of this information is already available to you. When you have these kinds of questions, be sure you consult the following resources before you email me:

  1. Check the syllabus
  2. Check the course blog
  3. Check TSquare, including the announcements and assignment sheets
  4. Check with a classmate
  5. Use the TSquare forum to pose a question to the entire class

If you have additional questions or concerns not covered by these resources, please feel free to get in touch with me via email.

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4 Responses to Shifting to Hybrid Mode

  1. Marc Larvie says:

    Introduction:
    U.S. law establishes the age of 18 as the legal definition of an adult. However, to find the real definition of an adult, it will be necessary to ignore the law a little, as scary as that might be. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when a person makes the transition to adulthood because it varies among different people. Thus, the transition to adulthood cannot be defined as a generic age. Although reaching 18 years of age is the official transition into adulthood, it would seem that for some individuals this is too early and for others it is too late. To deal with this, adulthood must be defined as the full development of the essential traits of a human being. An adult is an individual who has reached moral, physical, and psychological maturity.

  2. Jackson Higgins says:

    When George Washington was a young boy, he chopped down his father’s cherry tree. Upon realizing his mistake, he took responsibility for his actions and apologized face to face with his father. This story, although made up, is used to teach kids today about personal responsibility, and how to become an Adult – typically defined as “A person who is fully grown or developed.” (Oxford Dictionary Noun). The problem with this definition is that it grants people the title of being an adult for doing nothing other than aging. Rather than the Oxford Definition, adulthood is best defined as a puzzle made up of many pieces which get put together by someone throughout their lives. The pieces of the puzzle are milestones, or events, which force us to mature mentally; such as getting a job, taking care of another, or moving out of your parent’s house. By overcoming these milestones, an adult faces adversity head-on and, through learning from their mistakes, takes responsibility for their actions. This process can be slow, drawn out over several years, or can a be sudden change which forces many challenges on someone at once. Once a person has enough “puzzle pieces” fit together, they are an adult.

  3. Nyambura Iruku says:

    At what point does someone stop being a child and start being “grown up”? Everyone seems to know what qualifies a person as an adult and what qualifies a person as an adolescent, but there is often miscommunication as to the definition of the stage in between the two. The problem with most definitions is that they are defined either too specifically that it leaves out part of the population it is supposed to be defining or too broad that it doesn’t specify the qualities of the population. In order to be accurate, the definition of “coming of age” relies on the economic status and social class of the specific person being defined. This will ensure any patterns discovered or generalizations made can apply to the group in its entirety.

  4. Kathryn Popp says:

    Introduction Revision:
    From the eyes of an American teenager, becoming an “adult” evokes fear, worry, and anxiety for most. Pop culture and societal expectations imprint into adolescent’s minds that adulthood should be negatively connotated as boring, anticlimactic, and stressful; with hit songs like “22” by Taylor Swift, “We Are Young” by F.U.N., and “Here’s to Never Growing Up” by Avril Levine, kids cannot help but acknowledge the idea that people want to stay forever young (Scott). Adulthood is no longer perceived as appealing, nor is the transition into adulthood displayed as an easy process. But what is this generation afraid of? What is this intimidating term “adult”, and why are people connecting such negative thoughts to it? With the rapid cultural shifts that have been going on in the past century, the definition of “adulthood” has been morphed, stretched, and reformed into a more transparent word. According to Merriam Webster’s English dictionary, an adult is someone who is “fully grown and developed; mature and sensible; not childish”; however, it is hard to pinpoint when one is “fully developed”. This definition is ambiguous, which is why this generation should define adulthood as more of a mental maturing. Adulthood is the state of being emotionally independent of outside influence, the ability to accept responsibility for actions, the desire to have an individual niche in a community (either economically, socially, etc.), and the courage to act independently of the outside influence of society.

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