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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:59 PM
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So far, online courses are kicking my fucking ass.
And it's only day one. I'm screwn.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:05 PM
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1. Graywarrior
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:06 PM by MadMaddie
It is a different experience and it will take some getting used to.

My recommendations:
1. Read, Read, Read - it can very easy to get behind on your reading
2. If you have books for the class read, read, read...
3. You may have a lot of links to .pdf documents if you are able I would suggest printing them it will give your eyes a break from the computer.
4. Pay attention to your due dates - This week I freaked myself out because I thought yesteday was the last week of January.....yea my partner laughed at me.....so needless to say crisis averted I wasn't behind.

Hang in there it will get easier.

MadMaddie :pals:
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:58 PM
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7. The reading is gonna kill me.
Plus, I just realized the bookstore neglected to give me a required reading so now I have to make sure they still have a copy or I am ska-rooon!
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Randall Flagg Donating Member (411 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:07 PM
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2. I've been thinking of doing likewise.
(not getting my ass kicked) What sort of courses are you taking?
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:59 PM
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8. Government & Nutrition (with an online lab) and Composition in class
Plus, I'm working and forming a Tenant Association where I live. I'm gonna end up dead by May.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:10 PM
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3. My dear gray!
Day one?

Too early to be behind, sweetie!

You'll be fine, and you know it!

MadMaddie has the right idea...

:hug:
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:11 PM
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4. It'll get better.
You're a smart lady. Keep the faith. :hug:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:15 PM
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5. you want I should kick your ass and make you pay attention, graywarrior?
LEMME AT YOU
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:00 PM
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9. Can you study for me?
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:19 PM
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6. You can do anything!
I'll fuck you sideways, if you think that would help...but I know you don't need assistance from anyone!
Thus far you've accomplished way more in life than an online course...Of course you can do it!
You are graywarrior! :hug:
That means something!


peace~
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:01 PM
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10. Thanks for believing in me.
I'm totally freaking out here. Tomorrow, I'll be better....(maybe)
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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:10 PM
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11. Here's an assignment (or the sources for one I gave today)
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 09:36 PM by darkstar
As I said in class today, Ive got some links for you towards Essay #2: The Historical Future. These first two are to some retro-future sites and blogs. Tons of nosing around to do in theseplus some external linksboth by decades in general and narrower subject matter.
http://www.retrofuture.com /
http://www.paleofuture.com /

Next are two links to lists of social science fiction films. We can discuss other possibilities in class, but perhaps start looking here.
http://beerandscifi.com/2008/07/utopiandystopian-sci-fi... /
http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/the-top-50-dystopian-m... /

And theres good old youtube. Try, for example kitchens of the future, cars, education, clothing, air travel, education along w/ various decades. Heres one that kicked up when I searched cars of the future 50s (and it includes some kitchens as well!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_ccAf82RQ8

Remember, we will be trying to characterize the "zeitgeist" of a decade OR create a narrative of how cultural projections and thinking around ONE idea (the kitchens, etc. above) changed in significant ways. In order to achieve these goals, multiple sources (movies, web links, youtubes, *and stuff you dig up on you own*) should be used and mixed & matched.

EDIT: sorry to spam and run, Gray...I was in the middle of posting and had a cooking emergency. Anyhow, I'm really excited about the assignment and just had to share somewhere.....
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 08:43 AM
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12. Is the problem the volume of reading/assignments, or navigating the course?
Sounds like it's volume of work.

Hang in there. That's one disadvantage with online courses, the burden is much more on the student to keep up.

:hi:







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burrfoot Donating Member (801 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 09:23 AM
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13. Hang in there!
Everyone so far has given you spot on advice. Printing up computer reading can be a huge help, and just make sure you keep up keep up keep up.

:toast:
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 02:03 PM
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14. Managing your time will be extremely important.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 02:04 PM
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15. Did you find that book?
If not try e-bay or Amazon. I've had to resort to that since locally I can only get bundled, $250 versions. Fuck that.

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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 04:52 PM
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16. How many class hours did you sign up for?
Do you think you overdid it because online seemed easier than realtime classes? What institution are you going through?
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