July 23, 2008

Grading Blitz, Last Day

Posted in Updates tagged , at 2:21 pm by maf

I am pretty much finished with grading. Check the WebCT Gradebook. The official grade rolls aren’t available yet through the UGA system, but I won’t forget to complete the minute they’re available.

Course evals: 27 students have completed (thank you all!) That’s very good, but 100% would be better! Four to go. (Can’t see your grade? This might be why.)

One final goody for Cataloging: Vivian created a guide for downloading MARC records from the Library of Congress. Anxious to practice this during your break?

🙂 🙂 LOL!

Hush, you might need this sooner than you think.  Thanks to Vivian for doing this. Find it in WebCT 6380/Resources. You will have access to the course for another few months.


Interns: Criminal Background Checks

Posted in Internship at 9:33 am by maf

(This post duplicates a message sent over SLM-L this morning.)

From hence forward, criminal background checks will be required for all interns. (This has been coming for awhile; all student teachers have long been doing this.)

Before you panic, let me assure you that the process seems organized and will require only a little bit of your time and money, and no trips to the police department.

Also, rest assured that no faculty member will even see the results of this report. We will become involved only if a placement is declined for some reason.

The time to start this process is when you submit your First Approval – basically, when the entire internship process starts for you. You will be sent to a web site where you can fill out the application and pay by credit card for the $50 fee. (Gwinnett interns for 08-09 have already begun all of this.)

In the meantime, you can read instructions by visiting the Internship home page: http://it.coe.uga.edu/~mfitzger/7460. The College’s instructions are linked there.

If you are employed by the school system where you will intern, you may be able to waive the process – this depends on the county/system.

No action is required of anyone at this moment! This is just a good time to give you an alert so that it won’t be such a surprise as many Cohort 7 students move into their internship year.

If you have specific questions about the CBC, the College person in charge is Martha Pruet: mkristin@uga.edu.

July 22, 2008

Grading Day 2 (of 3)

Posted in Updates at 7:58 am by maf

It’s 7:45 a.m., and I’ve graded everything in sight.  Here’s the scoop:

  • If you have satisfied every single requirement, you can now see your grade in WebCT.
  • I spent some time straightening up the gradebook, etc., so it may look different to you. Rearranged the order of columns, added some to match course requirements not already there, and deleted some from last year.
  • Course evals: 17 people have completed (thank you!). I pushed the date back to give the rest of you a chance in case you forgot.  Remember, I can’t see what you said, only that you did it.
  • Permissions: E-permission, Research Permission: I checked these off in the gradebook as “y” for done, blank or “no” for not yet done.  Again, I’m not worried about whether you filled out the form with a yes or no, I’m just checking off completion here. (I didn’t even take time to look at what you said on these to preclude any possible bias.)
  • Two points for checking other students’ KR assignments:  these were harder to track than expected. I did my best.  If you are missing your 2 points, shoot me an email about who you checked.  I can easily verify, but it’s really hard for me to download all of those assignments to check this again.  (This is only 2 points. You may do the math and figure, eh.  But I do appreciate the many of you who did this – and some who did WAY MORE than their share.)

I’m on duty if you have questions about anything today and tomorrow.

July 21, 2008

Grading Blitz!

Posted in Updates tagged at 10:25 am by maf

Thank you all for responding to my  “less than 50% submitted” remark Saturday before last.  I haven’t been able to catch up since!  But this is a very good thing.

I am devoting the next 3 days to wrapping up summer courses. If I have to grade around the clock, so be it!

My goal is to finish and then take a 2-week home improvement (and tornado recovery) “vacation.”

Overall, there are very few things outstanding – just a handful per assignment. Let me know if you run into any glitches.

I’m sure you don’t need reminding that everything is due today.  And then your course eval by tomorrow. Thanks!

July 16, 2008

From Dr. Clinton, re: EDIT 6400

Posted in Business tagged at 6:30 am by maf

This is a straight copy/paste from Dr. Clinton, in response to a query from Brittany about EDIT 6400 texts:

I have good news for you. We will use a couple of texts, but both of them
are free online.

(I may also distribute additional short readings here and there during the

The first text is Dr. Michael Orey’s e-Book that has been developed over
time for, and with, this course. It was recently converted into a Wiki
format. The e-Book is online at:


The second book is edited by Bransford, Brown, and Cocking (1999) and is
called How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School published by
National Academy Press in Washington.

Free online reading of this book, and printable chapters, are available from
the publisher at their web address:


(Note that there are 1999 and 2000 versions of this book. Only the 1999
edition is available in full html chapters. So the 1999 edition is a more
printer-friendly online version, and that is what we will use.)

I hope this helps – and I look forward to meeting you in August!


July 10, 2008

Sneaky Peak for Saturday

Posted in Updates tagged at 3:48 pm by maf

A foretaste of what Buffy has been up to:

Here’s link if the embedding magic doesn’t work for you.

The agenda is set, near enough.  I’m expecting to learn a new trick or two!

July 9, 2008

Ready for Avant-Garde Cataloging?

Posted in Updates tagged , , at 7:45 am by maf

Several important announcements for today:

  1. The agenda for Saturday, although not yet complete, is coming together. Remember to read your one article posted on this list. Also, we will need notetakers. Buffy Hamilton is coming as our special guest – the Georgia Queen of SLM 2.0 – and she will shower us with cool new ideas. Eat a good breakfast; she is definitely high-energy!
  2. I caught up with all grading at about 10am on Monday. If you submitted something prior to that time and haven’t seen a grade for it, then I didn’t get it! (Yes, several things have come in since then.)
  3. Yesterday, in one fell swoop, I finished writing up my notes on KR. Access these from WebCT/6380/Resources/MAF’s notes on KR.doc. There’s no need to hurry over there and look; no impact on the KR exercises. These are my highlights and disagreements with the text. It may serve as a review somewhere along the line, or clarify a discrepancy.
  4. There was some sort of a glitch with one of the Mortimer quiz questions. That’s cleared up; not sure how that may have affected scores of quizzes already completed.
  5. Courtesy of Andrew, here is a little bio of Dewey, which might provide human interest background when you start teaching the system to little kids (they enjoy hearing about people’s weirdnesses).

I look forward to seeing you Saturday, if I don’t blog something to you before then.

July 4, 2008

Happy 4th!

Posted in Updates at 8:40 am by maf

I hope you guys aren’t working today. Happy Independence Day!

Three announcements:

  1. Repeat of an announcement buried at the bottom of the last post: EDIT 6400 – if you’re taking this, sign up for Dr. Clinton’s section.
  2. I just uploaded a refreshed version of my KR notes in WebCT. This update includes chapter 4.
  3. Remember I said that I might ask you to read something for July 12?  I’ve made a decision about that. There are so many interesting topics that go with Cataloging 2.0, and my outline hasn’t jelled yet.  In true constructivist style, I want you to read ONE of the articles bookmarked at my July 12 reading collection.  One – I said 1. This list is growing every day; I would like you to foretaste an idea or two and for the expertise of this reading list to be spread around for interesting discussion.

Thanks.  Go grill a burger!

July 1, 2008

Mortimer quiz ready at last!

Posted in Assignments at 8:49 am by maf

Once I got down to it, this wasn’t so bad. I was dreading the WebCT hassle, but with a good Help file open on the other monitor – I didn’t have to think about it too hard.

Please don’t dread this quiz. Read the book, work the exercises. Then do the quiz (open book, open Internet allowed). Repeat until you earn the score you want. Instructions for accessing the quiz are embedded in the Mortimer assignment description.

I suspect that some might pass the quiz without reading the book. I’m not going to try to police you on that! I genuinely believe the book and the exercises (as selected) are helpful, and you will know a lot more on the job if you take the time to do this.

The quiz includes questions that force you to apply some critical skills – you really must know how to do these things. (I would be embarrassed if you didn’t.)

If someone is ready and brave enough to try it first – I am anxious to know that it “works,” since we don’t have time to do a field test.

Tomorrow I’m on the road to Gwinnett for the Summer Marathon (featuring several of your classmates!). I’ll catch up with you again on Thursday.