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December 5, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

LAST CLASS!!!

Congratulations! You did it… now you’re on your way!

Thanks for a great semester, #ugstJOUR. We are very proud of all that you have accomplished and the fantastic community you have become.

We are also looking forward to reading your FINAL papers that should be posted to Blackboard & emailed by 11:59 am CDT on Friday (12/7).

Kudos for almost being finished your first semester at UNT. Digital high five!

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OPTIONAL FUN: Ice Cream Social at Beth Marie’s on the Square – meet at the Union Circle at 12:30 pm SHARP on Friday (12/7).

Adrienne will bring copies of the #ugstJOUR yearbook for you! Yay!

December 3, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Last Week: Final Class & Evaluations

Well.. the end of the semester is here. How was your first semester at UNT? Remember the first day of class? Look at all these bright & shiny faces who started the year with #usgtJOUR.

ugstJOUR class

#ugstJOUR LAST BLOG POST:  #15: Saying goodbye to #ugstJOUR – In a 200 word blog post, reflect on your first semester at UNT. What will be your take-away from this past semester? What are your lessons learned? How have you grown? Do you have a major/career in mind? What’s next?

#ugstJOUR Final Thoughts (FT) Tweet:  Share one thing you will miss about the #ugstJOUR class in 140 characters or less for you Final Thought (FT). All FT’s will be shared during our last class as we celebrate your accomplishments from this past semester in UGST 1000 and at UNT.

LAST #ugstJOUR CLASS: Stay tuned for some fun and goodbyes on Wednesday, December 5th from 1-1:50 pm. There will be treats, awards, and surprises – so SEE YOU THERE!

REMINDERS!!

  1. #ugstJOUR BONUS: All #ugstJOUR BONUS assignments are DUE due Friday, December 7th before 11:59 AM CDT to your WP blog. 
  2. Final Major/Career Research Paper & Support: Your Final Major/Career Research Paper is due Friday, December 7th before 11:59 AM CDT to the UGST 1000.03 Blackboard Learn class site. If it is not submitted by this time there will be NO EXCEPTIONS and it will not be accepted. Please be aware of this, as it is 25% of your final grade in the class.  Submit it through Turn It In AND EMAIL a copy of your submitted paper to Laura.Pasquini@unt.edu .
  3. SETE & #ugstJOUR Evaluations are DUE by Friday, December 7, 2012 by 11:59 pm CDT. To get bonus points for the SETE or the #ugstJOUR Survey, please take a screen shot of the final screen & email Laura to say it is completed. Bonus points will be awarded for both evaluations.  Here is OUR #ugstJOUR Evaluation for UGST 1000.003 http://bit.ly/RwUsf7. You will find the SETE in your my.unt.edu portal.

SETE Instructions: 

For those with a mobile device, evaluating your classroom experiences at UNT has never been easier!

1)      Simply pull out your mobile device

2)      Log in to my.unt.edu

3)      Click on the SETE icon

4)      Complete your SETE surveys.

November 29, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 14: #ugstJOUR Grades & Final Assignments

Along with the final Roadtrip presentations this week and next, it is expected that you will participate in your RTN group evaluation/reflection paper and evaluate other #ugstJOUR groups for their efforts this year. This helps to give others an idea about other professionals/major directions, and gives us better grading feedback for this project.

#ugstJOUR BONUS

All #ugstJOUR BONUS assignments are DUE due Friday, December 7th before 11:59 AM CDT to your WP blog. Also there is a bonus Learning Community Survey (which is anonymous) to complete posted here: https://ugstjour.wordpress.com/bonus-ugstjour/

– to get EXTRA credit for OUR CLASS it must be completed by December 7, 2012 by 12 pm CDT. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about students’ experiences of learning in a learning community.  You have been invited to take this survey because of your participation in a learning community during the Fall 2012 semester.  Your answers will be anonymous and will not be connected to this cover sheet and consent form.  The qualtrics survey asks for their name and their UGST 1000 instructor’s name then sends them to the actual Washington Center survey.  When you enter the survey, please indicate that you are in Learning Community ID #2.

Final Major/Career Research Paper & Support

Your Final Major/Career Research Paper is due Friday, December 7th before 11:59 AM CDT to the UGST 1000.03 Blackboard Learn class site. If it is not submitted by this time there will be NO EXCEPTIONS and it will not be accepted. Please be aware of this, as it is 25% of your final grade in the class.  Be sure to review the draft APA style paper and the paper rubric to ensure that all requirements are met. Feel free to bring a section of your paper to the UNT Writing Lab or peer edit – be sure to APA reference &  CITE your sources as the Turn It In feature will indicate otherwise.  You may also want to EMAIL a copy of your submitted paper to Laura.Pasquini@unt.edu in case Blackboard Learn has an outage at that time.

Both Erin & Laura will be accepting appointments to discuss your paper BEFORE next Friday (12/7). Please contact their advising office to set up an appointment:

Name Laura Pasquini Erin Day
Email Laura.Pasquini@unt.edu Erin.Day@unt.edu
Office Sage Hall 123 GAB 107
Phone 940.565.2457 940.565.3365

#ugstJOUR Grades Posted in Blackboard Learn

Since you will see grades posted on Blackboard, please be aware that these grades are a PERCENTAGE (%) of your final grade. Just as a reminder,  here is the Grade Calculation from the class syllabus of the total grade breakdown. If you have questions, please inquire with your instructors.

Assignment

Percent of Grade

1-on-1 Advising Meeting 5%
WordPress Blog Posts/Assignments 15%
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator 5%
Strong Interest Inventory 5%
Roadtrip Nation Group Project 15%
Midterm Examination 15%
Class Participation/Twitter Contributions 15%
Final Major/Career Research Paper 25%
Total 100%

 

Letter Grade

Percent

A 90%-100%
B 80%-89%
C 70%-79%
D 60%-69%
F 59% and below
November 20, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 12: Spirituality & Thanks

Yesterday in class, Jon Barlett, discussed religion and spirituality. His session shared ideas and resources that are at UNT and in the community. Remember to reflect on the class in WordPress Post #14: What does spirituality mean to you? What is one thing you learned from today’s lesson  or our guest speaker? Reflect in 100 words or less. Due TONIGHT (11/20) at 11 pm CDT.  Here are the slides from his session:

UGST 1000 UPDATE:

  • Final Major/Career Papers: You should already have started on this assignment. Your papers are worth 25% of your final grade and they are DUE Friday, December 7th at 11:59 am CDT. Be sure to check out the UNT Library Guides, and resources posted in the Writing Tips & APA Style blog post from Week #11. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
  • **Outstanding blog posts for this week will NOT be graded after TODAY (11/21) at 11 pm CDT. Please ensure you are caught up from this week’s blog reflections ASAP**
  • #ugstJOUR Bonus: All submissions for the bonus blog posts will be due on Friday, December 7th at 12 noon CDT. See https://ugstjour.wordpress.com/bonus-ugstjour/ for more details
  • Roadtrip Nation Group Checklist (All Presentation & Handouts DUE 11/21 by 11:59 am CDT): #4. Group Peer Evaluation & Process Paper TO BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR GROUP EVALUATION THE NEXT CLASS AFTER YOUR PRESENTATION IS COMPLETE All students will be given a grade for evaluating the Roadtrip Nation presentations. Each RTN group member will submit a one page process paper that discusses your experience and what you have learned from RTN for the following class. This will be given to your instructor AFTER you have completed your RTN presentation.

Here is the list of who is presenting when we return from Thanksgiving break:

Week 14

11/26

RTN Presentations:
1. Savannah, Cal, Shelby

2. Cheyenne, Jenna,  Jeff

Week 14

11/28

RTN Presentations:
1. Isaac, Amber, DJ

2. Theresa, Melody, Camara

Week 14

11/30

RTN Presentations:
1. Andrew, Jake, Nicole

2. Isabel, Anna, Ivan

Week 15

12/3

RTN Presentations:
1. Lindsey, Lauren, Liz

2. Celeste, Astara, Rachael

 

Happy Thanksgiving! We wish you all a relaxing Thanksgiving break. Please enjoy your time with family and friends. We are thankful for all the hard work and effort you have put into the #ugstJOUR class so far, and we know you can finish this semester strong. 🙂

November 16, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 12: Roadtrip Nation Group Project Checklist

Since your Roadtrip Nation (RTN) group project submissions are DUE next Wednesday (11/21) by 11:59 am CDT to the Blackboard Dropbox – we thought it would help to post the “must include” and plan for check list for the presentation, resource handout and expectations for the project. If you are any questions or issues with this, please contact Laura.Pasquini@unt.edu BEFORE this deadline. In class on Monday (11/19) we will draw for order of presentations when we return from Thanksgiving break.

DUE: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 via the UGST 1000.003 Blackboard Dropbox

What to submit as TEAM:

1. The Presentation: This will be a PowerPoint OR a Word Document with the Prezi, YouTube or other website links
-For EACH interviewee there should be slides the actual presentation that you will give in class. Each GROUP will be given 25 minutes to present ALL THREE (3) interviews:

Presentations should include:

  • Pictures and/or video into the presentation
  • Overview the field/industry this professional works in
  • Describe the major/career path this professional took
  • Explain what values, personality and skills led to the professional’s success
  • Leave time for Q & A at the end

2. The Handout: Fact/Resource Sheet/Summary for #ugstJOUR Class
Each group must provide a brief summary of each interview – ONE (1) page minimum per professional interview. Free to use any format for this handout (bullet points or brief paragraph), and include:

  • The professional contact information (be sure to ASK if you can share this information with our class)
  • Useful websites, student groups, organization &  information about the occupation (See “Exploring a Major” tip sheets on the Career Center website)

3. RTN Proposal (if this changed OR was modified from the original submission) and the Q & A Interviews for each person. Please have a typed copy of the interview questions and answers included in a Word document.

4. Group Peer Evaluation & Process Paper
All students will be given a grade for evaluating the Roadtrip Nation presentations. Each RTN group member will submit a one page process paper that discusses your experience and what you have learned from RTN. This will be due the class period after your group presents.

Other things on your “To Do” List:

  • REFLECT: WP #13: Roadtrip Nation & Group Collaboration: There’s been a lot of collaboration this semester in RTN, your Wellness Lessons and more. What role do you play in a group or on a team? How’s your RTN group doing? What methods do you use to communicate and share effectively. Describe your group work experience a blog post by Monday (11/19) at 11 pm CDT.
  • WP Post #14: What does spirituality mean to you? What is one thing you learned from today’s lesson  or our guest speaker? Reflect in 100 words or less. Due TONIGHT (11/19) at 11 pm CDT.

**Outstanding blog posts for this week will NOT be graded after TODAY (11/16) at 11 pm CDT. Please ensure you are caught up from this week’s blog reflections ASAP**

November 14, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 12: What Does Diversity Mean to YOU?

Today in class we will talk about diversity. Thank you for sharing your cultural background, stereotypes you have heard, and more “isms” that we know. This subject can often be challenging or awkward. Diversity means many things to many people, and often we try not to offend, ask, or even engage.

After watching the “Go Beyond The Cover” video. Take a minute to to think about the following question: “How do you judge?” Please share your thoughts/reaction about both the video and the topic of diversity.

  • BLOG: WP #12: Diversity: What does this word mean to YOU? Unpack your diverse background and experiences – write a 250 word blog post by Friday (11/16) at 11 pm CDT that respond to the following questions:
    • What cultural group do you identify with? What values and purpose do you identify with? How has this been challenged or questioned by others outside the group?
    • What influences your personal opinions, viewpoints or values?
    • Have you ever judged a book by it’s cover? [Like in Go Beyond The Cover Video]
    • Was there anything you disagreed with or found unsettling in Section 9.2 of the College Success book around diversity? Thoughts? Please share.
    • How do you want to appreciate/learn/engage more with this topic? e.g. study abroad, join a club on campus, participate in awareness
  • PROJECT:  Remember – there is NO CLASS on Friday (11/16) in order to give you time compile your Roadtrip Nation interview information, finalize your presentation, and create your handout/resources which are DUE on Wednesday, November 21st at 12 noon. Please be sure to follow up with your instructors if you have questions – this should be done either after class or via a scheduled appointment. The Roadtrip Nation Dropbox is available for you to drop your PPT, Word documents or PDF files – I just need ONE (1) person from each team to complete this and identify who is in your group. Please put any websites (Prezi, YouTube, etc) into a Word document. THANK YOU ! NO CLASS ON WEDNESDAY (11/21) – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • REFLECT: WP #13: Roadtrip Nation & Group Collaboration: There’s been a lot of collaboration this semester in RTN, your Wellness Lessons and more. What role do you play in a group or on a team? How’s your RTN group doing? What methods do you use to communicate and share effectively. Describe your group work experience a blog post by Monday (11/19) at 11 pm CDT.
November 12, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 12: Critical Thinking & Making Decisions

In today’s class we talked about aspects of critical thinking and making effective decisions from the College Success – Chapter 3. In discussing how you make decisions individually and groups, we were able to identify some strategies for the decision making process and also consider how we apply our thinking to what we read, write and discuss. Hopefully some of what we discussed will help you consider your major/career decisions, and think about how you are applying different thinking skills in your UNT course work.

Decision-Making Steps

  • Define the problem
  • Narrow the problem
  • Generate possible solutions
  • Choose the best solution

Homework:

  • BLOG RESPONSE: To Wellness Lessons Created by your #ugstJOUR Classmates – 250 word response to the lesson plans, DUE Tonight (11/12) at 11 pm CDT.
  • PROJECT:  Remember – there is NO CLASS on Friday (11/16) in order to give you time compile your Roadtrip Nation interview information, finalize your presentation, and create your handout/resources which are DUE on Wednesday, November 21st at 12 noon. Please be sure to follow up with your instructors if you have questions – this should be done either after class or via a scheduled appointment.
  • BLOG: Time for you to reflect about how you think critically, and evaluate information that is posted online. Let’s apply your critical thinking skills using Bloom’s Thinking Taxonomy and Thinking Verbs (handout given in class) to a 200 word blog post as you reflect on the content of the Did You Know? 3.0 Video. What do you think about the facts presented in this video? How will some of these concepts impact your future major/career decisions? What questions or thoughts do you have after watching this video? Where might you go learn about more information about the facts presented in this video that are relevant to you?  This post is DUE before we meet on Wednesday (11/14) for class at 1 pm CDT.
November 9, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 11: Writing Tips & APA Style

On Wednesday, the UNT Writing Lab stopped by our #ugstJOUR class to talk about their resources and how they can help you improve/enhance your writing. They handed out some APA Citation information, and you are all strongly encouraged to use their tutoring sessions, both online and in person, to help review your final career/research paper (worth 25% of your final grade). Bring at least an outline and/or a few pages (4-10) to your session to get feedback on your writing or discus your paper with a Writing Lab tutor. For more information check out them out in person (AUDB 105) or online: http://www.unt.edu/writinglab/

Here are a few other helpful tips and online resources for you to use in writing and drafting your paper:

Resources for Research

UNT Willis Library, including the UGST 1000 Subject Guide: http://guides.library.unt.edu/content.php?pid=339841

UNT Majors Activity http://www.slideshare.net/ExploringMajors/unt-majors-activity-2012-2013

Career Center “Explore a Major” http://careercenter.unt.edu/students/majors

Links from the Office for Exploring Majors http://exploringmajors.unt.edu/explore-your-options

UNT College/School/departmental advisors http://exploringmajors.unt.edu/choosing-major

The UNT Catalog http://catalog.unt.edu/

O*NET: http://www.onetonline.org/

My Next Move website http://www.mynextmove.org/

Resources for Writing and Referencing

APA 6th Edition Guidelines http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Son of a Citation Machine http://www.landmark-project.com/citation_machine/index.php

APA Style Blog http://blog.apastyle.org/ [How to cite videos, blogs, tweets, podcasts and more!]

Homework:

  • POST: Wellness Lesson Plan – Post on BOTH Your & Your Partner’s Blog. Please include the blog prompt, embedded videos and/or PPTs, and your learning object by 11 pm TODAY (11/9)/
  • TWEET: Using the #ugstJOUR hashtag let us know in 140 characters or less: How do you make a decision? What is the process you go through? Please TWEET your reply by TODAY at 11 pm CDT.
  • RESPOND: You will respond to the next person below YOU on the #ugstJOUR blog list – BLOG RESPONSES due by Monday, November 12th at 11 pm CDT. Everyone will respond to one of the Wellness Lesson Plan blog posts. Your response will be on YOUR OWN WordPress blog. Please be sure to reference the Wellness Lesson include a hyperlink to the post you are referring to IN YOUR RESPONSE blog post. These responses must be 250 words minimum, and can include any media (video, images, etc) that best support the reflection for this lesson.
  •  RESEARCH: Why not get started on your research for your final paper now. It’s due December 7, 2012. 🙂
November 5, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 11: Lessons on Wellness

This week our #ugstJOUR class we will dive into a variety of topics that involve wellness and well-being discussed in the College Success textbook Chapter 10 . In pairs, you will design a virtual lesson plan blog post that will inform and educate peers in this class on a topic you have picked. The lesson plan will include the following components:
  1. OBJECTIVE: Lesson Objective/Purpose – “At the end of this lesson, learners will be able to…”
  2. VIDEO/PRESENTATION: At least ONE (1) Visual – Video, PPT, or Prezi relevant to the topic (Hint: Feel free to search on TED Talks, YouTube, Vimeo, SlideShare or Prezi) – for your classmates to watch/view. You will have to embed this presentation or video into your blog post lesson plan.
  3. FACTS/INFORMATION: Key points and facts about your topic – summary, short paragraphs and bullet points are welcome. This should include at least 7-10 factual statements and ideas on your topic.
  4. REFLECTION: Post a statement and/or series of questions for your classmates to blog about. The required words will be 250 minimum, so consider what you hope students will learn and reflect about (tie this into your lesson objective in #1). You can include a quote, question, activity, quiz or statement to prompt for the blog post.
  5. POST YOUR LESSON: Please put your lesson plan on BOTH of your blogs – yourself and your partner will have the same blog post; however it will be cross-posted on yours AND your lesson plan partners blog. Please indicate on your post who created this lesson. ALL LESSONS are DUE by Friday, November 9th at 11 pm CDT.
  6. BLOG RESPONSES due by Monday, November 12th at 11 pm CDT. Everyone will respond to one of the Wellness Lesson Plan blog posts. Your response will be on YOUR OWN WordPress blog. Please be sure to reference the Wellness Lesson include a hyperlink to the post you are referring to IN YOUR RESPONSE blog post. These responses must be 250 words minimum, and can include any media (video, images, etc) that best support the reflection for this lesson.
EXAMPLE LESSON BLOG POST
Let’s Begin…
The purpose of this module is to have you reflect, in detail, about your week, where your time goes and how to write a smart to-do list.   By making a list and reflecting on your time, you will be able to accurately shift your priorities to other items instead of wasting time.

Watch

  1. What is on your to-do list? These are small tasks that you need to accomplish.
  2. Take 1-2 minutes to write down everything you need to do the next week. This can be for school, work, or other.
  3. Now that you have a list of things to do – take a minute to circle the top 5 things you will want to work on and rank them by importance.
  4. Finally, identify the things you will need to accomplish within these top 5 priorities to allow you to complete these this next week. Break down the task into sub-tasks.
Think
  1. What is on your to-do list? These are small tasks that you need to accomplish.
  2. Take 1-2 minutes to write down everything you need to do the next week. This can be for school, work, or other.
  3. Now that you have a list of things to do – take a minute to circle the top 5 things you will want to work on and rank them by importance.
  4. Finally, identify the things you will need to accomplish within these top 5 priorities to allow you to complete these this next week. Break down the task into sub-tasks.
Dig Deeper

Our time is limited, so sometimes you have to limit your time. Every person has a fixed amount of time per week – 168 hours.  Most of the time we don’t realize how we use this time and where all our time goes.

Consider how your time you use each week. Write down your week schedule planner to map out what your next week looks like. You will want to fill in class time (lecture, labs, etc), reading, homework, part-time job hours, social events, sleep, and just hanging out.

To get a more accurate estimate, you might keep track of how you spend your time for a week by jotting it down in your planner or on a calendar.  Take a look at your planner, mobile calendar or schedule. Estimate the amount of time spent on each item or activity listed below.  Once you have this amount, multiply it by seven.  This will give you the total time spent on the activity in one week.  After each item’s weekly time has been calculated, add all these times for the grand total.  Subtract this from 168, the total possible hours per week.

168 Hours in 1 Week

Eat: Sleep: In Class: Homework:
Commute: Job/Volunteering: Social/Other: On the web:

Now that you see where your time goes, please show this graphically in a pie chart or another visual infographic to demonstrate your time use. Here are some online tools:

http://visual.ly/    http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx  http://chartpart.com/

…And Finally

TO BLOG: 

Share your visual time. Where does your time go? How can you take back YOUR calendar? How can you TAKE BACK your time? Reflect in your space with 250 words minimum how you will improve your schedule and manage your time.

October 31, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 10: Say What & Mo’ Money Management

In Monday’s class (10/29), Erin shared some helpful tips on how to talk and e-mail your instructors. The presentation below also provided a number of helpful suggestions for effective essay writing. We also introduced the FINAL PROJECT: Major/Career Paper – DUE Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:59 am CDT and expectations; however we will see if the UNT Writing Lab can make a guest appearance to discuss what APA and scholarly writing looks like for this final assignment.

Today (10/31) in class Monique from the UNT Student Money Management Center (Chestnut Hall, Suite 313) shared her insights on the value of money and hopefully got you to think about what things are worth, budgeting, and considerations for the future. Effective money management STARTS NOW!

TO DO List – DUE by Friday, November 2nd at 1 pm:

    • NO CLASS:  On Friday, November 2nd, 9th, or 16th – this time is to help you organize, interview, plan and create your RTN projects and also work on your Final Major/Career Research Paper. You’re quite welcome.
    • RESPOND: Give feedback in the comments/reply section of WordPress on AT LEAST two (2) Elevator Pitch video posts to offer comments, kudos or constructive criticism to your #ugstJOUR friends. You can find ALL the Class Blog posts HERE.
    • BLOG: WP Post #10: What did you learn about managing your money today in class? This could be from the class bartering activity, researching the UNT Student Money Management Center website, and/or from reading Chapter 11: Taking Control of Your Finances in our class textbook. All of us could fine tune our money management skills – please identify at least ONE resources and/or workshop you would consider attending to help you from the SMMC in the future.
    • BONUS: If you do attend a SMMC workshop. Please complete a 250 word blog post that describes what you learned in the workshop and resources you will be using in the future to better plan/manage your money BEFORE December 7 , 2012 at 12 noon CDT to get extra credit (Hint: This will be a good option if you missed a blog post, submitted a late assignment or were tardy for class).
    • BONUS (from 10/29): In class on Monday we talked about body language and how you approach others (stance, eye contact, body position, etc) and how  non-verbal cues impact first impressions. For those of you who want to discuss your experience and thoughts on this in a 250 word blog post called “Power Poses.” To help with this response, please watch and reflect on the “Power Poses” video presented by Amy Cuddy. This is due BEFORE Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12 pm CDT.