Introduction to Professional Skills
Great to meet you all today! I appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to break out of the usual lecture structure to share your ideas and jump straight into some group work. I look forward to getting to know each of you over the next few weeks.
We began by reviewing the purpose and structure of the Professional Skills course — this information is detailed here on the course blog in the first two posts (at the bottom of this page) and on the About CT231 page (link above right). I explained that this blog will be our main hub for the course, while Blackboard will be used for keeping track of assignments and grades. Please check into the blog regularly; there will be at least 3 posts here each week:
- Check the Before Week x post in the days preceeding our Tuesday class. This post will contain a link to at least one video or article to help you to prepare for class. It will also contain a reminder of upcoming deadlines for assignments.
- The Week x post will summarise what we’ve covered and discussed together during class. This will be useful if you want to review what we did in class or if you miss a class. Attending and participating in class is very important for this course — we will be actively learning together each week.
- The Week x Assignment post will provide information on the current assignment. If you have a question about the assignment, just add a comment to the post and I will respond here in the blog.
Near the end of class today I asked you which social networks you use. After a quick discussion in small groups, you came up with the following list:
We’ll use a few of these networks during this course, and we’ll compare their uses and merits. We already have a course Twitter account @CT231 (see recent tweets on the right side of this page) and my own Twitter account is @catherinecronin. Next week we’ll discuss how we’ll use Twitter for the course.
Looking forward to working with you!
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