Grading My Peer’s Reading Analysis

Over the past weekend, Ana and I graded each other’s third and forth reading analysis’s for extra points. Both of us wrote about the same two articles so we knew what to look for when it came time for grading. Ana did a very good job picking solid quotes and touching on the author’s main points. I think she needed to work on correct formatting and citations, both of which are easy fixes. She picked out good pictures and she captioned them, which I thought was a nice touch. Overall, I feel that both of her essays could very easily fall into the skillful range once she fixes the formatting and citation problems. She should be very proud of herself and all of her hard work that she put in throughout of the course of the semester is really reflective in the two essay’s that I graded. Good job Ana!

Embedded A Button

A new feature that I am very excited about that I added to my edspace site yesterday is a button in the right sidebar that says press me. The button is actually a link that takes the person who clicks on it to the Westin Washington D.C. City Center’s website. I embedded it using the same widget that I used to embed the google map into my site. I think that it adds to my site because it allows the people who visit my site a chance to do their own research on my built environment and it shows that I put a lot of time and effort into my site. The actually button only took about five minutes to figure out how to embed and then actually create it. Overall, the button was a super easy way to spice up my site and add another layer of depth to it.

WordPress/ Classroom Technologies Survey

Today I filled out a survey on WordPress and classroom technologies for my college writing class. The survey asked a bunch of different questions about wether or not the technologies were easy to use, would I use them again in other classes, and what support did I think was need. It also asked what I planned on doing with my edspace site after the end of the semester. The survey overall took about five minutes to complete and was mostly multiple choice questions with a few short answer responses. I believe that the purpose of the survey was that it gives Professor Hoskins a better understanding of where us students are at in terms of the technology that he uses in the classroom. I tried to answer all of the questions thoroughly and to the best of my abilities, and I hope that I provided some useful feedback.

Office Hours Visit November 14th, 2016

On November 14th, 2016 I visited Professor Hoskins’ office hours in order to discuss my built environment exterior essay. I had just gotten the essay back for the first time the weekend before and I was confused on the comments that he had made. We discussed the comments and ways for me to write a more interesting built environment exterior description. He provided me with helpful feedback that helped give some direction for my rewrites. Additionally, he helped clarify his comments so I better understood what could make my essay stronger and more scholarly. After the office hours visit I had more clarity and confidence when it came to me going back and rewriting my built environment exterior description.

Combating Corruption Through Civil Society

img_4409This past Friday I attended a panel, put on by the International Development Program Student Association, entitled Combating Corruption Through Civil Society. The panel was moderated by Dr. Jonathan Fox, a professor in the School of International Service, and featured two panelists, Jana Morgan, the director of Publish What You Pay, and Shaazka Beyerle, a senior advisor at the Int’l Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Jana Morgan spent her portion of the panel discussing the steps that her coalition took to combat the resource curse. The resource course when nations that have an abundance of natural resources are also plagued with corruption and conflict. According to Morgan, the way to combat corruption through civil society is by identifying a problem, creating an a idea for change, and then working through the law to enact that change. She also argued that it was crucial for activists to make sure that all the content they put out into the world is factual and professional. Shaazka Beyerle spent her portion of the panel explaining how to use people power to combat corruption. According to her there are three dynamics to people power which help curb corruption: disruption, pressure, and engagement. What my main take away from this panel was is that in order to enact change people need to come together to peacefully help alter the status quo.

Embedding A Google Map… Finally

I finally figured out how to embed a google map into both my general website! After like a week of messing around I finally figured it out! So here are step by step instructions on how to embed a google map with your built environment into your edspace:

  1. Open your edspace dashboard
  2. On the left hand side click on plugins
  3. Activate the plugin called “short codes ultimate”
  4. On left hand side of your screen under “appearance” click on “widgets”
  5. Insert the short code widget wherever you want your map to show up
  6. Open up a new link and search the address of your site on google maps
  7. You should be given the option to share click on this
  8. Click on embedded map and copy the code it gives you
  9. Paste this code into the big box on your short code widget
  10. Click save and your map should now be embedded into your edspace

Hope this helps!

Texts and Traditions VI: Views of th other in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

On October 26, I went to a panel discussion called Texts and Traditions VI: Views of the other in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The first half of the panel consisted of each of the panel members presenting a short lecture on how their tradition views the other. Rabbi Berner, the panelist representing the Jewish tradition, by talking about the other in the context of the early Israelites. The other was a non-Israelite living among the Israelites. They were expected to assimilate into Israelite culture, however they were often treated kindly by the Israelites. Next Rev. Schaefer, representing the Christian tradition, explained how Christianity as a whole believes in treating others compassionately. He went so far as to say that the history of Christianity is the history of the other themselves. He demonstrated this by telling a story about how Jesus view the good samaritan. However, he did make a comment that Christians tend to not get along with people who belong to polytheistic religions. Finally, Dr. Oliver, the representative of the Muslim tradition, talked about the other in Islam in the context of the believer and the nonbeliever. He defined believers as anyone who believed in God, and the last day. This means that the other in the Muslim tradition can still be considered a believer.

What I took away from Texts and Traditions VI: Views of the other in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is that all three of the main Abrahamic traditions all believe that the other should be treated with loving kindness. In the Jewish tradition interfaith marriage has become relatively commonplace. In the Christian tradition, Jesus advocates for his followers to love their neighbors. Lastly, in the Muslim tradition non-Muslims could still be considered believers. This take away fills me with a lot of hope because it is very different way of looking at religions. A lot of times the media will portray the different religious traditions as being against each other, however this is not really the case. If you go down to the routes of their doctrine they all advocate for treating the other respectfully.

Time Management Workshop

On August 31, I attended the time management workshop, in which they taught us how to create effective todo lists, prioritize tasks, schedule your time, and locate when/where you are most productive. The person running the workshop told us to view our time as money. He explained that once you spend your time you can not get it back, so you must use your time wisely, just as you would use your money. He also explained that you should attend to larger tasks on your todo list first, for example studying for an exam, before you complete smaller everyday tasks, such as washing a load of laundry. Additionally, when creating a todo list you should always include the deadline in which you plan on completing each task by and where you plan on completing each task. This creates a more concrete plan for yourself because it creates a hard deadline. On the topic of scheduling your time, he said it was important to schedule in buffer times for yourself instead of planning things back to back. Overall, the workshop provided me with several tips and tools, that I hope will help me better manage my time.