The first full week schedule is provided on the course syllabus on the main site. More specific directions are below:

  1. On the thoughtvectors.net site, please read the course syllabus under the Heading “Syllabus F2015,” to include watching the video by librarian Jenny Stout that explains “Thoughtvectors in Concept Space.” Please read the syllabus carefully; it may answer lots of your questions!
  2. Per Dr. Becker’s second email, you need to establish a blog for your work in the course. If you have not done this, you must set up a Rampages (or other) blog immediately. Your first reading is Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think.” Below is a link to Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think Reading.”  http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881/
  3. After reading Bush, your first writing assignments should be made in your blog: the first is a reflective post on “How does it feel when I think?” (There are lots of examples of last summer’s thoughtvectors students thinking about how it feels when they think )
  4. Also, you should write a second post, a “nugget” post on “As We May Think.” (WHAT IS A “NUGGET” POST?) (also, the main syllabus on the thoughtvectors.net site also describes what we mean by “nugget assignments.” ) (TAG: nugget1)
  5. Complete the “Associative Trails Concept Experience” on “As We May Think” (WHAT IS A CONCEPT EXPERIENCE?) — to get a sense of what Vannevar Bush envisioned with respect to “associative trails,” go on a little web surfing expedition. One strategy here might be to start to click around the Web to start to explore possible topics for your inquiry project. Try not to think about the assignment. Simply click around and follow your interests. This may feel random to you, but don’t worry. (I bet you never thought you’d hear that in a college class, did you?). After about 1/2 hour or an hour, go into your browser history and look at the list of places you’ve been, from the starting point of the exercise to the stopping point of the exercise. Copy-and-paste the list into a Word doc for safekeeping. You can also do a screenshot, if you’d prefer.(don’t worry about the work unrelated to the course–everything is great). Finally, write a blog post about your experience. Make sure to include an image of your browser history. What meaning do you make of the experience? What decisions did you make along the way? Why? Etc. (TAG: concept1)