Week 1: In class and how to prepare

Wed. Jan. 15

  • Bring a large screen device (laptop/tablet) to class.
  • Bring your curiosity and your knowledge of Korean history
  • We gather in Ettinger 212, and then as a group walk over to the Hive, where we will remain for the rest of the first class.
  • You can always post questions in the Riseup Pad.
    • Note: the pad is not secret, but you can remain anonymous: it doesn’t track you and you don’t need to add your name.
    • Before asking questions about assignments and course work etc, please check the syllabus. Chances are the answer is there.

After class:

Read through the syllabus and annotate using hypothes.is in the group HST259 (Check carefully you are not in “Public”). Note if anything is not clear, or you want to revise some language I used, and add any other general comments you want to share about this syllabus with your class mates.

  • If you have no comments, add a page note acknowledging that you have read through the syllabus.
  • You have to sign up for a (free) account, and Hypothes.is works best with the Google Chrome browser. You install a small plug-in on your Chrome browser, and off you go! This quick-start guide will be useful! You may use an alias to increase your anonymity online, but please let me know (in person or via e-mail) who you are. You may also comment on the syllabus in person or via e-mail.
  • If it doesn’t work: don’t panic! Explore for about 20 mins (be inspired by the Cats in the sidebar!), and if it still doesn’t work, get some help from the Digital Learning team (you know where they live!).
  • Please complete before the start of class on Friday.

Fri. Jan. 17

In this session we will brainstorm what the final product of our semester-long exploration will look like. Prepare by looking at these questions and drafting answers. (appr. 1hr, but if you get inspired, you may spend more time.) You don’t need to hand this in, but this session will go remarkably better if you have notes in front of you.

Past experiences

  • What in your educational career so far is a project or course unit that really stood out for you, because you learned a lot? This can be from middle or high school, or from a college course; it can be from any course, not just history.
    • What made it so engaging?
    • Which aspects can be used in other courses?
  • What was the most boring course unit or project you ever did? (Yes, it can be a history course.)
    • Why? What made it boring?
    • What could have been done differently to engage you more?

“My ideal course”

Imagine the perfect course. Imagine the perfect history course, if possible.

  • What makes the “perfect” or ideal course for you?
    • What kind of activities in class would maximize your learning?
    • What should the teacher do (and not do)?
    • What kind of materials would you want to work with? Be creative!
  • How do you demonstrate your learning in this ideal course?
    • What would be useful in-class activities or small tasks to show you engaged with contents?
    • What would be good assignments to show you mastered a concept?
    • What would be other methods (not assignments) to demonstrate your learning/mastery of contents and concepts?

In class we will try to distill a consensus, so we can create awesome materials for others to learn about Korean history, and for this course to be a great history course, too.