Course Evaluation

Please open this Word document and write in short responses to the questions. You do not need to write your name on the document; we want you to feel you can be totally honest. Your responses to these questions will in no way affect your final grade in our class. Please print the document and bring to class with you on Tuesday, May 19.

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunity

As reported in today’s TNotes:

Volunteers needed to help Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers are needed to help Habitat for Humanity clear out furniture that we no longer need in the residence halls. Habitat is seeking volunteers for May 2022, 26 and 27. Spots are open to staff, faculty and students. Please email Natasha Begin if you are interested in helping!

Resources & “Slipsum”

Last spring, I took a class at Awesome Inc. which is a fantastic tech- and business-related resource right here in Lexington. In case you haven’t heard of them before, here’s a quick introduction to them via their mission statement:

We exist to create and grow high tech startups. We do this by hosting community events, leading technology education courses and offering a shared workspace environment.

Not only did I learn a lot about web development during the class I took (see info about that and other classes here), I also gathered a lot of interesting tools and resources. One, which I mentioned during class on Tuesday, is the placeholder-text-generating website Samuel L. Ipsum* (text generated is referred to as “slipsum”).

*A word of caution before you go charging into slipsum: (which probably goes without saying for those familiar with some of the movies Mr. Jackson has been in): there is some foul language on this site. However, there are 3 text-generation options: 1) classic lorem ipsum (the gibberish-looking text you’ve likely seen before), 2) Slipsum Classic (the un-edited Samuel L. Jackson version), and 3) Slipsum Lite (a less foul version).

Something else worth mentioning: the text generated is specifically geared toward web writing (i.e., it will appear as code when you hit “generate it”), but the coding tags can obviously be removed rather easily.

Erik has shared some additional resources, which I mentioned in the most recent email I sent out and which are now also linked to from our “Resources” page. What about the rest of you — do you know of other resources (tools, sites, etc.) we should be accessing and possibly including on our course site? If so, share them here in a reply to this post.

Portnoy Online Discussion

Now that we’ve finished reading Portnoy’s book, we’d like you engage in some online conversation about the text in preparation for our in-class conversation about the text on Tuesday, April 28. So, here’s what we’re asking you to do:

  1. We strongly recommend you choose this as one of your 4 Reading Responses (RRs), and if you choose to do that, then step 1 is to post your RR.
  2. Read through your classmates’ RRs, and choose at least 2 to respond to by leaving a comment.
  3. View the comments people have left on your RR, and respond (with another comment) to at least 1 of them.
  4. Have fun!
  5. Hustle.

In-Class Discussion: Deans

In your groups, discuss and be prepared to share your answers to the following:

  1. Come up with 2-3 “takeaways” from Deans’ chapter. What are things that we need to be hyper aware of, in terms of text-making and relationship-building, as we begin to move forward in the course?
  2. Much of the chapter deals with writing that exists outside of academic genres? What genres have you explored/attempted outside of traditional academic writing? What are some challenges that came with working in these genres?
  3. Some of the chapter deals with the challenges and rewards of collaboration — especially feedback (the initial student essay, for example). Does this experience resonate with you and your group members? How so? To what degree? And what might we make of this, given the goals of our course?
  4. Many of you noted that you have done some sort of volunteer work/service already. How did this experience resonate with material you read from this chapter?


Hi!  We look forward to working with you — and with Community Action Council — this May Term.  Please explore this blog for information on schedule, assignments, additional resources, etc.

We’ll use this page for student responses to assigned readings and updates as needed.  We expect you to not only read the assigned texts but also to read (and at times respond to) each other’s written work.

We look forward to you all bringing your unique interests and curiosities to bear on all of our tasks this term.  Furthermore, we expect that you’ll challenge yourself this term — working with new media and texts, working in groups on creative projects, and on and on.

Student Inquiry Survey