- I believe we have choices about how
technology will shape our lives in the future. I
want you to care.
- The only way to seek knowledge is to be curious, open your
hands and let your opinions drop.
- if something seems wrong to you do not
ignore it, pay more attention and try to understand the
point of view.
- I will show you the steps of my thinking
about various issues; I want to see the steps of your
- This course (and most college courses) is
about learning to think critically more than it is about
Some students like this course and some
Teach: Read and listen as though you must teach this to
- Students last fall wrote:
- "The instructor was always ready and
available to ask questions to. She challenged us which I
enjoyed. The course taught me things that I have been
able to apply to other classes."
- "very interesting class. enjoyable"
- another student wrote: "Hard topics with
abstract philosophies and ideas. Boring lecture
style, hard to listen."
- which student do you want to be?
- What you should take from this: you get
from the course what you put into it
- The keys to learning effectively:
- Forget: Forget your preconceptions
- Active: Read actively (compare to your own
experience) and participate
- State: Feel the excitement and curiosity to learn.
Sit up, lean forward
- if you make the effort to be interested
you will enjoy the course
How to do well in this course:
- Understand that it is not the professor's
job to spoon feed you the information--learn to put it
together for yourself
- The lectures do not repeat the readings
but give you a larger picture. You are responsible
for both reading and lectures
- Reading books is important in history
courses--what historians do is write books, more detailed
analyses of cause and effect than is possible in a 20 page
- the small assignments are designed to
prepare you for the large ones
- Read assignments carefully and follow
- if an assignment seems to be missing, send
the professor an email
- if you are feeling lost or don't
understand what is expected, go talk to the teaching
assistants and/or the professor
- your guide to the course--read it and consult
it when you have questions
- it is your responsibility to keep track