The Educated Person and the Role of the University
Monday September 29, 2008
Goals & Strategies. Univerity Studies Goals
Facts of Life
Students First Success Program
1/2 the sum game (critical thinking)
Get an Odin account.
Bookmark the Daily Record
Prior Learning Survey
click "Our Program", "Assessment", "Take Survey", "Prior Learning Survey"
use the number on the sticker given out in mentor session.
Personal Goal Writing Assignment. Due Wed Oct. 1, 2008.
Wednesday October 1, 2008
1 page Personal Goal due in class today.
View the class gallery to learn classmates names.
Student Note Taker (DRC).
Writing Center Notes.
Notes on reading a paper
Are machines intelligent? Brainstorm what it means to be intelligent.
Views from the popular media about machine intellignece.
The 50 best robot movies.
10 top movie robots
Androids and Robots in the movies
Talk to Eliza
Review the Turing Paper Reading Guide
Campus Tour. Visit:
Student Health Center
Read Alan Turing's 1950 paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence
Complete and hand in the Turing Paper Reading Guide on Monday, Oct 6.
The Nature of Intelligence
Monday October 6, 2008
Turing Paper Reading Guide due today.
Mark your calendar - Computer Science Dept. Freshman Reception.
Thursday Oct 16, 4:00-6:0pm, SMU 228
Discussion of Syllabus
Notes on Turing's paper
A timeline of the events discussed in Alan Turings paper
The Alan Turing Scrapbook
Explore the Students First Website
Read Joseph Weizembaum's article
Fill in the worksheet, and hand it in at the end of mentor session.
Read Turing's critics. Take notes on what you read.
Bring the notes to class. The notes will be used for an inclass exercise.
Be sure your name is on the notes. Try and answer the questions found in
the notes on reading a paper.
Wednesday October 8, 2008
Notes on Turing's critics to be used in class today.
Announcement - SHAC Walkin hours, Cramer 117, Tuesday 10:00-1:00
- McNair Student Scholarship Program.
- Paul Theroux speaks at PSU
- Invitation to attend the Computer Science Freshman Reception.
The Halting Problem. Proof, and in poetry a la Dr. Seuss
The Loebner Prize
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
Work in Groups to summarize both sides of Turings argument.
Fill in the note takers peer review worksheet.
Talk to Alice, the 2000, 2001, 2004, Loebner Prize Winner.
Sign up for an individual meeting with Prof Sheard.
Begin reading chapters 1-2 of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (pp 3-26).
be prepared to discuss in class on Monday Oct 13.
Computers in Popular Culture
Monday October 13, 2008
Sign ups for Individual meetings with professor Sheard
Chapters 1 & 2 read. pp 3-26
Group Work Dynamics
Group Activity: setting the scene.
Here are the 100 word essays from the setting the scene group project.
Group Activity Evaluation.
Create some ideas on how to grade group work
Each mentor session is to come up with a proposal for grading group work
Create a document, present it to class on wednesday.
Read chapters 3-7 of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (pp 27-83)
Be sure and fill out the Chapt. 3-7 worksheet.
Wednesday October 15, 2008
Read chapters 3-7 (pp. 27-83)
Announcement: Don't forget to attend the CS Freshman Reception.
Dark Horse Celebration
Academic Advising for Freshman.
Reports from mentor sessions on group work grading proposals
Create a group grading policy
Ways of Writing - Generating ideas strategies.
Chapters 3-7 free write.
Praise for a Good Dog, an example of free writing
Find a partner. Read your partner's essay.
Revise your work, using the looping strategy.
create an electronic text document
Read chapters 8-13 pp. 84-153. Due Monday Oct 20.
Revise free write work. Due in class Monday Oct 20.
Monday October 20, 2008
Reading chapters 8-13 pp. 84-153. due today
Revised free write due today.
Announcement: University Success Program
Review Group grading policy
Presentations of free write work
Discuss chapters 8-13
Democratic Election Standards
The Help America Vote Act
Create Debate Teams
Early Term Assessment survey
Research Debate Techniques. See the link.
Read chapters 14-23 pp. 154-244. This finishes the book.
Wednesday October 22, 2008
Read chapters 14-23 pp. 154-244. This finishes the book.
Watch: "Blade Runner"
Continue watching "Blade Runner"
Team Debates assigned today. Debates Held Monday, Nov 3. 2008
Monday October 27, 2008
Guest Discussion Leader: Leslie Batchelder
See Prof. Sheard on the Great Wall of China
Assigned today: Read:
Clive Thompson, Can You Count on Voting Machines?, New York Times Magazine, January 6, 2008
Issues in Cyber Space
Wednesday October 29, 2008
Clive Thompson, N.Y. Times article, due today.
Review Debate grading procedure.
Trust and Voting machines.
Notes from class discussion
Freedom to tinker
Princeton Studies on Voting
California review of voting machines
Pvote open source voting machine software. A Ph.D. thesis
A video about Pvote
The Acurate Voting Center
Ed Felten's blog entries on Freedom to Tinker on recent New Jersey election issues.
Judge Surpreses Voting Machine Study
Other interesting links about electronic voting issues.
Computerized Registration lists
Work on Team Debates.
Be sure and keep grading documents as described in Team Grading Policy
Monday November 3, 2008
Team debates held today.
drafting thesis statements.
Explore links for voting essay.
Essay on role of computer technology in the voting process. Due Wed, Nov 5.
4 Part, Term Paper
Team debate self and peer evaluation sheet
Wednesday November 5, 2008
Role of computer technology essay due today.
Bring 2 copies to class and mentor session.
Self and peer evaluation sheet due today
Announcment: Engineering Tutoring times.
Libray Visit. Meet with Michael Bowman, Cyborg-Library Liason
meet in Room 160, which is across from the elevators on the 1st floor of the Library.
Be on time.
Peer review on Voting and Computers essay.
Get started on annotated bibliography. Here are some hints.
Fall term-paper part 1 annotated bibliography assigned. Due Nov 10.
Monday November 10, 2008
Fall term-paper, part 1, annotated bibliography due in class.
Bring library materials and hard copy.
Announcement and Extra Credit Activity
Election topic wrap-up issues.
The term paper process
How to read a paper. notes.
How to read an assignment
Thesis Statement workshop
Activities to generate a thesis statement
Write a list of questions you might ask
which ones do you most care about
write new questions relating to the one you care about
Create a theory that answers your new questions
Is their a paradox or constradiction?
how can you explain it?
Activity from Ways of Writing (pages 70-71 72).
Fall term-paper part 2 Thesis and Outline assigned. Due Nov. 12.
Read: Ethnographic Study of the Effects of Facebook.com on Interpersonal Relationships
Answer the 8 questions asked in the survey, bring the answers to class on Wednesday.
Wednesday November 12, 2008
Fall term-paper part 2 Thesis and Outline due today.
Bring the 8 questions asked in the survey to class.
5 core rules for writing. notes.
Tally the Facebook survey for our class.
case study - Technology and social interaction
What is social interaction
How do we know when it is good? or bad?
How does technology magnify the good? or the bad?
Small Group exercise. come up with several cases where
technology is used in a good way in social interaction, and where it used in bad way.
results of the small group exercise.
Rewrite bad paragraph using core rules.
Fall term-paper, part 3, First draft assigned. Due Nov. 19.
Monday November 17, 2008
Announcement Frinq Advising Day Thursday, November 20, 2008 10am-2pm
List of technology enabled interpersonal relationships.
Evaluating interpersonal relationships.
At the workplace Interpersonal Standards
Effects of technology. How does it magnify relationships?
Going deeper, A guided walk through of todays assignment.
"Jacking into the Brain", By Gary Stix
Interpersonal relationship assignment.
discovery, analysis, synthesis. See walk through for an example.
1 Page powerpoint. Due Monday Nov. 24
Wednesday November 19, 2008
Fall term-paper, part 3, First draft, due today
Bring 2 hard copies to class.
What makes a strong Thesis
Classifying your work
Peer review of first drafts.
Fall term miniportfolio assignment.
Monday November 24, 2008
1 Page powerpoint due today
First Draft comments returned.
One Page powerpoint
Notes on Absoulute and Relative Links
Web based software
Unix Html Drive - Publishing websites.
Fall term-paper, part 4, Final Draft assigned. Due Dec. 3, 2008
Wednesday November 26, 2008
No Class today
Work on miniportfolio
Work on final draft
No Mentor Session
Monday December 1, 2008
Inclusion / Exclusion
A Class Divided
Wednesday December 3, 2008
Fall term-paper, part 4, Final Draft due today
Finish 1 page powerpoint.
View the last 2 parts of A Class Divided.
Right Handed Privelege exercise.
End of Term Assesment.
Review parameters of miniportfolio.
Exercise on building webpages. Translating powerpoint and word documents.
Thursday December 11, 2008
Final Exam Block: 12:30-14:20
Mini portfolio presentations.
Links to students portfolios
End of Term Celebration.