Woohoo! Today is Friday of week 14, and the last day of classes! (It's also December 4)
Congratulations to making it this far through the semester!!
Here are some housekeeping notes in general:
- Formal Course Evaluations (IDEA) will open up today on Canvas. These are important for me: for feedback, but also for my colleagues to evaluate me and to help them decide if I get to stay on at Muhlenberg (as "tenure track" faculty, I'm essentially on a 6 year probation period, read more about that system in this article in the Weekly)
- Today is the last day to request a W (withdrawal) grade. You've all sank too much time and effort in the course to ask for a W at this point (for any of the courses I teach), so if you think you won't be able to finish things on time, even with extentions:
- remember the due date for the Incomplete will be February 3 --> I will work with you through the Winter break/semester to finish up any remaining course work.
- get in touch so we can plan and assess what the best option is. There is a good chance you can actually wrap things up on time with a good grade!
- I will post one more Daily Course announcement next Monday, when I have my schedule sorted. I will have drop-in times available next week should you want to consult with me for finishing touches to projects. These time slots will be for early in the week.
Schedule for today
Friday Short Read
As you head into finals week with writing projects due, please ponder on the fact that dishonesty in writing will come out eventually. Remember earlier this semester when posted a couple of stories about this from the Atlantic, uncovering inventing material and cheating in biblical scholarship? Here's an intereseting coda.
Recently, the Atlantic fell itself victim to a writer who did a bit more than embellishing the truth. I have the original paper copy of the article, but if you try to find the online version, you'll see the editors note that they retracted it, and why. It caused a bit of a stir in the journalism world!