Daily Course Schedule

Course Schedule In Detail

EACH DATE INDICATES THE DATE WORK IS DUE. WORK DUE ON A SPECIFIC DATE MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Be sure to check your time zone to see what “11:59 p.m. EDT” is where you are living as you take the course.


(F) July 18

Partial draft (600 – 800)  words due

Conferences Round #1 via Google Hangout.

OVER THE WEEKEND: Review current state of inquiry project–what work remains to be done.  What are your concerns now that you have begun drafting your project?

Peer comment on one partial draft:   Choose one partial draft post and respond as a reader to this draft.  You should post a comment to a partial draft that has not been commented on yet.  (Only one partial draft comment from a student per person. Don’t count my comment!  Please email me if you cannot find a partial draft that has not already been commented on).  Comment Assignment:  What is most interesting about the draft?  What is confusing about the draft?  (First drafts are always a bit confusing, so it’s okay to identify this for the writer).  Find one sentence in the draft that intrigues you, and that you would like to hear MUCH more about.  Write this sentence in your comment, and then ask the writer questions to prompt more thinking on his/her part about the sentence.


July 21-30
Intensive work on inquiry project.

(M) July 21:

Continue writing and researching to produce you full rough draft of your Inquiry Project, which is due on Thursday July 24 this week.

Comment on one of your peer’s partial drafts.  See assignment in “Over the Weekend” above.

Work on finding a “home” site for your Inquiry Project. You may use easy website platforms like Wix, Weebly, Google Sites (and others – just Google!). You may also create a NEW BLOG on rampages which should be devoted entirely to the project. Whatever space you claim for your project must “work” for the design of the project. The theme that you choose, as well as the banner images, colors, etc are all rhetorical choices that you need to make as you design your project, and each should logically support or supplement your design.

Schedule and attend a face-to-face or online conference with the Writing Center at VCU.

If you haven’t read and studied the following documents from last week, please do so now!  “Thinking About Arguments” post here.  Inquiry Project Assignment here.

(TU) July 22

Continue writing and researching to produce you full rough draft of your Inquiry Project, which is due at the end of the day (11:59 pm EST) on Thursday July 24.

Due: Real Estate Search Blog Post @ end of day (11:59 pm EST). See assignment below:

“Real Estate” Search Blog Post:  As the Inquiry Project Assignment indicates, you must house your final project outside of your current #thoughtvectors blog.  Spend time experimenting with sites, then write a short blog post addressing where you intend to make a home for your Inquiry Project and why.  Key Question: What does your selected platform provide you to best create your Inquiry Project, and why?

Once you’ve decided on your platform, create an account and play around with themes, banners, colors, headings/tabs, etc. Move your drafting over to your new platform.

Schedule and attend a face-to-face or online conference with the Writing Center at VCU.

(W) July 23

Write, Write, Write. Research to supplement writing. Draft in your chosen platform. Experiment with structure, adding pages, posts, chapters, images, side-bars, etc.

Blog Post “Working on my voice” due @ 11:59 pm. Assignment: Choose a paragraph or two from your working draft where you like (or mostly like) your writing voice. It should be a paragraph where you’ve tried to integrate at least one other “voice” (source) alongside your own voice. Post this (these) paragraphs in a single Blog Post titled something like “Working on my voice…” As you post in the blog, you may find yourself making changes, and this is okay. Also, if you can’t find a section where you like (or mostly like) your voice, please post any paragraph where you are consciously trying to work on your voice (even if it feels incomplete or “not right.”).

After the post, if you want to list some questions or concerns about this “Working on my voice” post, please do, and I’ll try to give you feedback!

Schedule and attend a face-to-face or online conference with the Writing Center at VCU.


Beta draft of your Inquiry Project due @ 11:59 pm EST. This is your FULL rough draft, housed within the platform you’ve created (website, new blog, etc). At the bare minimum, your full TEXT is due. If you have not added all images, links, this is okay – although the more you add, the better sense I and your peers will have about how to provide feedback.

How to share:  Post a LINK to your Inquiry Project Beta draft in your #thoughtvectors blog by 11:59 pm.   Title the post “Inquiry Project BETA DRAFT,” and the post should include only the LINK.  From this link, I (and your peer readers and/or the Writing Center) will be able to access your draft.  Only students who have posted a draft will be able to participate in the peer review process over the weekend.

Schedule and attend a face-to-face or online conference with the Writing Center at VCU.

(F) July 25

Comment:  Comment on the peer’s blog post “Working on Voice” (due W July 23) that appears BELOW yours on our Innov8 home page side bar.  If the person below you has not posted this assignment, move to the next person below your name.  Hopefully, everyone will get feedback on this post, provided that they posted on time.

Peer review partnerships will be assigned: see home page on this site.   The prompts for peer review are included on the home page as well.  Please email your peer review to BOTH your assigned partner and ME  bboaz@vcu.edu.  You can use Blackboard email function to email your peer review.  Communication — Send email — Select Users — highlight partner’s name and my name — click arrow to move our two names to the right box — Dont forget to click send!

Peer review due via email at the END of WEEKEND : Sunday July 26 @ 11:59 pm.

Note: If you miss the BETA draft deadline, this is a serious omission, as it will affect your collaboration grade, as well as deprive you of feedback from me and your peer readers.

Work on revising your beta draft based on peer and instructor and/or Writing Center feedback.  Sign up for a conference with me  (see link below) or at the Writing Center.

Week 8

Online conferences happen!  Face-to-face conferences may happen if enough of you are in Richmond and wish to see me in person!  LINK to Google Doc for Conference Sign Up sheet: 

Since I am giving extensive feedback via email on your Beta Draft, you should make some significant changes to your draft before we conference — even if these changes are limited to a specific section of your essay.  This will help me see how well your revision efforts are going.

Make an appointment with the Writing Center to help you revise one problem section in your draft.  Often, even after getting feedback, you still feel the need to talk through revision or need ideas for how to make changes.  The Writing Center is great for this!  They have online consultations, but you must schedule ahead!

M  July 28

INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES via Google Hangout today.

Revise your draft significantly based on instructor and peer feedback.

T July 29

INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCES via Google Hangout and on campus today.

Revise your draft significantly based on instructor and peer feedback.

W July 30   The final day

Revise your draft significantly based on instructor and peer feedback.

INQUIRY PROJECT DUE @ 11:59 pm.   To submit your project on time:  Before 11:59 pm on W July 30th, 1)  Post a link to your finished project in your thoughtvectors blog.  2) Tweet a link to your finished project using the hashtags #thoughtvectors and #tv008.  3)  Your link MUST be a working link, so check it several times and have a friend check it.  A non-working link is not an acceptable excuse for late project submission.

July 31
SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: Closing Ceremonies

 More details to come!





All assignments are due at the end of day (11:59 pm) on the date in which they are listed.

June 10: The Adventure Begins!
SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: Live Google+ Hangout with all six professors.  8:00 pm. June 10.  You can join the Hangout by looking into Google+ and watching.  You may pose questions using the chat feature, and we will answer these in our online meeting.
ASSIGNMENTS:  Read Vannevar Bush, “As We May Think.”
Blog post: a self-portrait in words and more. “How Does It Feel When I Think?”   A fuller explanation of this assignment can be found here.  My blog post on this assignment can be found here.

Inquiry Project Blog Assignment – ongoing all week.  See assignment here.

June 11
ASSIGNMENTS: Blog post:  Nugget Assignment on  “As We May Think,” making your nugget as meaningful as possible.  See assignment here.
After completing the above blog post, take a screenshot of your browser history to prepare for  “associative trails” concept experience tomorrow.   A fuller explanation of this assignments can be found in the link directly above and  here.

Inquiry Project Blog Assignment – ongoing all week.  See assignment here.

June 12
ASSIGNMENTS: Leave a substantive, interesting comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ nugget posts.
Blog post on “associative trails” concept experience.  Assignment can be found here.

Inquiry Project Blog Assignment DUE today.  See assignment here.

June 13
ASSIGNMENTS: Comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ “associative trails” blog posts.  Think about how their “trails” differed from yours.  Find some ways to make meaning of your experience given the experiences of your peers.

Find two blog posts that address the same (or similar) digital media points of participation that you addressed in your Inquiry Blog Post Assignment due yesterday.  You should be able to search posts by tags (more on this later in the week when I figure out how to do this!  If one of you beats me to this – tweet or email me!).

Revise (edit) your Inquiry Project Blog Assignment Post by going back and integrating two of your peers’ blog posts about the same (or similar) digital media.  Include live links to their blog posts.  Edit your original post so that you use their ideas to extend, complicate, or challenge your own thinking about your point of participation in digital media platforms.  Since I will not assess Nugget Posts until after your revision (due at the end of day on Fri June 13), feel free to develop your post further, integrate links, etc ,in addition to linking to two of your peer’s blog posts.  (Sometimes after we read other posts, we get inspired with new ideas of our own).

OVER THE WEEKEND: Read J. C. R. Licklider, “Man-Computer Symbiosis,” and choose a nugget you’ll work with.


June 16
Blog post making nugget from “Man-Computer Symbiosis” as meaningful as possible. See assignment here

Later this week (It’s looking like it may happen on Friday), we will have a Google Hangout and Alan Kay will join us.  You’ll be reading Kay later in the summer.  (Google him to find out the pioneering work he has done in the computer field).  To prepare for this Google Hangout, which will be archived so you can view if you cannot “attend” online, view  theTED video of Alan Kay here.  

June 17
Revise your nugget post #2, revising it to include links to at least five classmates’ posts from June 16. (In other words, get in the habit of linking out to other blog posts, including your own, frequently and robustly.)

View Alan Kay video assigned June 16th if you have not already done so.

GroupThink: Complete Collaborative Interest Inventory Assignment. I sent an email to each of you sharing this Google doc.  The email did not include the mygmail designation, so please sign in to Google Docs using your @vcu.edu email.   See Assignment here.  This is a read-only document.  You must sign in to Goggle docs to make edits to our Collaborative Interest Inventory.

Inquiry Project Blog Assignment – ongoing all week.

June 18
SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: VCU cMOOC Live in Concert at the New Media Consortium in Portland Oregon (4:00-5:15 PM EDT).  Our cMOOC team will be presenting at the New Media Consortium Conference in Portland Oregon; the presentation will be streamed live, and can be viewed by all (including you).  Details will follow about how you can log on to participate.

Complete “formulated vs. formulative” concept experience and blog about it.  See Concept Experience #2 on “Man/Woman-Computer Symbiosis” found here.

June 19
Comment on 8 of this week’s concept experience #2 blog posts. Three (3) of these comments should be posters in other sections or among the open participants’ blogs.

You can find the newest blog posts on the thoughtvectors.net site, under Univ 200 sections, and by clicking on any section.  Also the very top posts on the thoughtvectors site includes the newest posts among all sites — so these are easy to get to.    Comments on blogs are a crucial part of community – building in our course, and you will be graded on your comments and consistency as commenter.  (Plus, it’s fun to see what others write about!).

Return to the Collaborative Interest Inventory Google doc, reviewing all of the comments under each umbrella topic.  (I sent an email to share the Google Doc with you). Add more comments and ideas to the document.  Collaborative Interest Inventory Google Doc can be found here.  This is a read-only document.  See you email for the Google Doc share.

Inquiry Project Reflection #2.  See assignment here.

Begin reading Engelbart’s “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework,” which is one of the more lengthy and difficult readings in the course.  See the link here.

June 20
Complete Inquiry Project Assignment/Reflection #2, by revising your Inquiry Project Reflection #2 to add  links to at least 3-4 other posts (you may link to earlier posts of your own as well).

OVER THE WEEKEND (a big one!): Read these excerpts from Doug Engelbart, “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.”  Notice Chap III, section 2, where he comments on Bush’s ideas.   Link to Engelbart.

Chapter I, “Introduction,” parts A (“General”) and B (“Objective of the Study”)
Chapter II, “Conceptual Framework,” parts A (“General”) and B (“The Basic Perspective”)
Chapter III, “Examples and Discussion,” part A (“Background”) sections 2 (“Comments Related To Bush’s Article” (where Englebart comments on Bush), and  look over a few of his ideas in 3 (“Some Possibilities with Cards and Relatively Simple Equipment”)
Nothing from Chapter IV
Chapter V, “Summary” (all of this short section)
Chapter VI, “Conclusions” (all of this short section)
and of course, pick your nugget.
You should also watch some or all of “The Mother Of All Demos.” Also, there’s a nice set of highlights made by SRI International that’s great as an overview.


June 23
Complete 2 week Self-Assessment on Survey Monkey:  See link here

Blog Nugget Assignment #3:  Make a nugget from “Augmenting Human Intellect” as meaningful as possible. Don’t forget the links (make them interesting, make them revelatory, make them creative)

Set up a Diigo account if you have not already done so based on the instructions found in the digital tool belt that I emailed you before class began.

Once you have a Diigo account, search Diigo for the group called ThoughtVectors2014 and ask to join the group.  See the How to Use Diigo tip sheet here

Locate, read, and tag one highly relevant article related to your Inquiry Project topic.  Practice using Diigo by bookmarking and tagging your source.  Make sure you share your article with the groupThoughtVectors2014.  (I will be assessing your Diigo work by checking it in the ThoughtVectors2014 group, so if you have not shared it with the group, you will not get credit for your workThis is to say: don’t skip this step.)  Please use your first name and 008 as your Diigo handle (or your blog name and 008 as handle).  This will assure that you will get credit for you research. 

June 24

Concept Experience #3:  Based on Inquiry Project Reflection #2 and your blogging last week, begin internet research to find highly relevant sources that address your research topic.  These sources can be other blogs, articles, interviews, videos, documentaries, etc.  You will have to read five highly relevant, substantive sources to complete your Concept Experience.  See assignment here.

Continue to locate, read, and tag highly relevant articles related to your Inquiry Project topic.  Tag and bookmark article in Diigo.  Remember, your own project will only be as interesting as your research is!  Search until you find interesting articles that EXPAND your thinking about your topic.

June 25
Continue to locate, read, and tag relevant articles related to your Inquiry Project topic.  Tag and bookmark articles in Diigo.

June 26

Concept Experience #3 due.

June 27

Inquiry Project #3 Proposal with Research Question heuristic, reflection on 3 articles read this week, and call for responses.  See assignment here.

OVER THE WEEKEND: Read Ted Nelson, Computer Lib / Dream Machines (excerpts. pdf download) and pick a nugget to work with.

Respond to 3 other students’ Concept Experience #3.  Integrate 1 of the 3 other students’ metaphors  into your Concept Experience #3 post.  All of your metaphors will be quite different, so one way to integrate a peer’s metaphor is to think of your own research in light of their metaphor, or to think about how their metaphor conflicts with your own metaphor.

Comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ inquiry project proposal drafts based on their call for responses.  This must be done by Monday — all of you need to provide and receive feedback!


June 30
Blog post:   Making a  nugget from Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib/Dream Machines as meaningful as possible.  As you choose a nugget this week, think about it in relation to your research question / ongoing research for the Inquiry Project.  Do any of Nelson’s ideas “speak to” your own research?

July 1
Blog: Research Nugget #1 due. See Assignment here.
Begin Concept Experience Week #4.  See Assignment here.  Find three VCU students in other sections whose interests for the Inquiry Project seem compatible with yours and tweet them.  Full directions are found in link above Concept Experience Week #4.

July 2
Continue to share and discuss using Twitter in the Concept Experience Week #4.  See Assignment here   This is a big Twitter day.  Tweet and check in often!  See link to Concept Experience Week #4 above for full directions.

Blog Research Nugget #2 due.  See Assignment here.

July 3
Blog Post: Concept Experience Week #4 due.   See Assignment here  Reflect on your Twitter experiences this week.  See Concept Experience #4 link above for full directions.

Post Inquiry Project Proposal Draft #2: Thoughts on Design (Alternate due date is July 4, but it’s a holiday and I encourage you to complete this post so you can enjoy July 4).   See Assignment here.

July 4
Independence Day holiday (USA)


Comment on 2 of your peer’s Concept Experience #4 post.

Comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ inquiry project proposal #2 Thoughts on Design.
Continue to refine your own inquiry project design.

Blog: Research Nugget #3 due Sunday July 6 @ 11:59 pm.   See your email for my email to the class about the first two Research Nugget Blog Posts and instructions for the revised assignment. Included in the email is an attachment with a student model for the revised Research Nugget.   Also: See Revised Assignment here.


July 7-11
Intensive work on inquiry project research, synthesis, and design.
Blog every day! Comment every day! Tweet often! Link frequently!

July 7

Your assigned reading this week consists of articles relevant to your research question that you find through research.  This week you will supplement your research by finding scholarly articles.   Your Inquiry Project must cite at least 3 scholarly articles that are highly relevant to your research question.  Most students cite many more than 3, depending on their topics.

This week we will focus on using the library databases to find scholarly articles.  Go to the following link to view tutorials about using Ebsco Host, a major database used by VCU and most universities.  The link for the tutorials is here.

The Ebsco Host Tutorial Assignment is here.  Complete this assignment by the end of the day 11:59 pm.

July 8

Read one of the scholarly articles you located and saved in your Ebsco folder yesterday.

Complete Research Nugget Assignment #4 on this scholarly article.  See  Assignment  here.

July 9

SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: Google Hangout with VCU Librarians: Live at 1pm (Eastern Standard Time).  You will learn to use the VCU library to find ALL kinds of sources–including scholarly sources–and you will be able to ask the librarians questions to help with your own research.

We will send you a link to attend, as well as tweet it.  If you cannot attend this session at 1pm, you need to watch the recording by July 10.  We will tweet link to the session on YouTube.

Continue reading articles located through research on Ebsco or on the library database.

Research Nugget Post #5 due on another scholarly article.    See Assignment here.

July 10

Concept Experience #5 due. See Assignment here.

Comment on 5 of your peers’ Research Nugget Posts #4.

July 11
Research Nugget Post #6 due.  See Assignment here.

Comment on 3 of your peers’ Concept Experiences.

Inquiry Project Update.  See Assignment here (forthcoming).

OVER THE WEEKEND for Monday July 14:

Comment on 5 different peers’ Research Nugget posts #5.  (This means, find 5 new peers’ nuggets on which to comment.  Please try to comment on people who do not already have a lot of comments).

Read Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, “Personal Dynamic Media” (pdf download). Pick a nugget to work on.


(M) July 14


Research Nugget #6 due. Link one nugget in Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg’s “Personal Dynamic Media” (see link above in “Over the Weekend”) to your specific research project.  In this post, try to find creative intersections between your research (any of the 8 or so articles you’ve read) and Kay/Goldberg nugget.   Be specific in your reflection on these intersections.

In place of my video observations this week, I have recapped your work last week in my blog post here.  Read this blog post and comment if you want to continue the conversation — since in this post I try to synthesize some of your ideas for the project with my own.

Comment on 5 of your peer’s Research Nugget #5 posts if you did not complete this during the weekend.   A reminder that commenting is the only way that I can grade your collaboration component of the course. (15% of your grade)

(TU) July 15
Concept Experience #6 due.  See assignment here.  The Concept Experience is due earlier in this week so that you can begin drafting your final project later in the week.

Research Nugget Post #7 due.  See Assignment.  Make sure you find and read an article that provides NEW information related to your research question.

(W) July 16

Read “Thinking About Arguments” post here, and the two examples in the links on this post.  In this post, I encourage you to think about owning your argument (it is YOUR argument, your case to make), and envisioning how to integrate research well.

Blog post on Research Trends due.  See Assignment here.

(Th) July 17

Read “Thinking About Arguments” post here, and the two examples in the links on this post.  In this post, I encourage you to think about owning your argument (it is YOUR argument, your case to make), and envisioning how to integrate research well.  Make sure you read this post before reading the partial draft assignment below and beginning to draft.

Read the Inquiry Project Assignment here.  

Work on partial draft (600 – 800 words).  See Assignment here.

Sign up for conferences via Google Hangout here.  The first round of conferences will be held on Sunday night, July 20.  All of you must conference with me at least one time before our class ends.

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