Week 14: Being Thankful & Saying Goodbye to #ugstSTORY

Your first semester at UNT is almost over. Can you believe it? I thought it was just yesterday that we were starting to tell your #ugstSTORY tales, and figure out where are classes were on campus.  All Final Major/Career Papers & Presentations have been submitted. Congrats!

Before we have our LAST CLASS & #ugstSTORY-lo-la-polooza on Tuesday (December 3, 2013 in Sage Hall 315 – The Learning Center) from 11 am-12:20 pm, please be sure you read through to en sure you complete the following class requirements before the end of the semester:

  1. Complete & post BLOGS and TWEETS Before 12/5/13: Any outstanding blog posts or tweets from previous weeks, visits, guest speakers, etc. Partial credits will still give you points & help your grade. Not sure about what you are missing? Be sure to follow up with Laura ASAP – call & schedule a meeting at the Office for Exploring Majors NOW – 940.565.2457.
  2. COMMENT on #ugstSTORY Final Major/Career Presentation Videos: Post a comment to at least THREE (3) #ugstSTORY final presentation on their WordPress blog posts about what your classmates have learned from the final project. Offer ideas, thoughts, comments, and feedback. These must be at least 100 words per comment, which is to say that an emoticon🙂  or “Nice, job!” will not cut it for your comments. Please be thoughtful and appropriate. DUE: THIS SUNDAY 12/1/13 by 11:59 pm
  3. #ugstSTORY Final Thoughts (FT) Tweet:  Share one thing you will miss about the #ugstSTORY 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. DUE: THIS SUNDAY 12/1/13 by 11:59 pm
  4. #ugstSTORY LAST BLOG POST:  #15: Saying goodbye to #ugstSTORY – In a 200 word blog post, reflect on your first semester at UNT. Write your last chapter for the term. 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? DUE: THIS SUNDAY – 12/1/13 by 11:59 pm
  5. Complete the UGST 1000 – Post Test (online in Blackboard Learn) – DUE: Thursday, December 12th before 11:59 pm
  6. BONUS: Semester Letter to Self & your goals. Share your letter that you wrote to yourself & what said, and what you think now. 200 words. DUE: 12/1/13 by 11:59 pm
  7. BONUS: As discussed in class on Thursday, the UGST 1000 First Year Seminar Class & the Office of Exploring Majors will be no more after May 2014. Share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and challenges you will have with this course and our office going away.
  8. #ugstSTORY Class Evaluation:
  9. Complete #ugstSTORY Evaluation  DUE by Thursday, December 5, 2013 by 11:59 pm CDT http://bit.ly/Ig5Fx5
  10. Complete the UNT  SETE in your my.unt.edu portal. For those with a mobile device, evaluating your classroom experiences at UNT has never been easier! A bonus 1% for ALL #ugstSTORY students is EVERYONE completes the #ugstSTORY Evaluation  & SETE.🙂
  • Simply pull out your mobile device
  • Log in to my.unt.edu
  • Click on the SETE icon
  • Complete your SETE surveys.

And of course, I’m thankful for all your work this semester so please enjoy the Thanksgiving break with your loved ones. Safe travels!

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Week 13: ‘Tis the Season to Be Researching & Writing – FINAL Major/Career Paper & Video Presentation

You many have heard me mention a thing or two about your FINAL MAJOR/CAREER PAPER  and Video Presentation (35% of final grade) in class and on our course site as the deadline is fast approaching (DUE: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 before 10:30 am CT via TurnItIn Dropbox in Blackboard Learn).

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Instructions for submitting your assignment:

You are to submit the paper portion as a Word document, and Post your YouTube video link for your presentation using the Assignment Dropbox on Blackboard Learn BEFORE Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 10:30 am CDT.  You may submit your paper either as a Word or PDF file via the Turn It In Dropbox on UGST 1000.817 Blackboard Learn website. You will also embed your YouTube video onto a WordPress blog post for your classmates to review and comment on. Each student must watch and comment on THREE (3) classmate videos by December 1, 2013 by 11:59 pm CT.

FINAL PAPER Requirements http://bit.ly/ugststoryfinal

UGST 1000 SAMPLE Final Paper (e.g. http://bit.ly/ugst1000samplepaper)

I am sure that by now most of you have completed the following check list of items to research and writing about:

  1. Researched TWO (2) majors at UNT
  2. Explored TWO (2) careers/occupations
  3. Class Schedule for Spring 2014
  4. GPA Predictions
  5. Current Resume & Future Resume
  6. Practice YouTube Video Presentation– TED Talk Style or In Plain English
  7. Review involvement opportunities e.g. Study Abroad, Student Activities, Lead & Serve, Research, etc.
  8. Contacted & set up another informational interview (occupation/career) and researched an organization/company

A few things to keep in mind for research and references:

Tools for Drafting & Writing – References

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

UNT Writing Lab http://ltc.unt.edu/node/362 AUDB 105

Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/

UNT Library http://library.unt.edu/

UGST 1000 Course Guide http://guides.library.unt.edu/content.php?pid=339841

Find RESEARCH Articles http://untexas.summon.serialssolutions.com/advanced

Citation for online research and resources:

Here is what we discussed to prepare for your final video presentation last week.

FINAL PRESENTATION

5-8 minute #ugstSTORY Video Final Presentation that summarizes your final major/career paper research. Be creative and have fun!

1. Organize Your #ugstSTORY Final Presentation to Include these key points:

-About You – Your Introduction & “Brand”

-Major (s) of Interest & why

-Careers Explored Related to Major

-Connect your Strong & MBTI results to your majors & career, specifically your knowledge, skills, abilities http://careercenter.unt.edu/students/majors

-What You Got From UGST 1000 (#ugstSTORY)

-Reflection – Lessons Learned From this Semester (personal & academic)

-Future Planning – Goals, Bucket List & More – what do you want to accomplish at UNT or beyond.

2. Format

TED Talk Style http://www.ted.com/pages/about

e.g.

In Plain English…

3. Tips on In Plain English OR TED Talks

How to “Do” a TED Talk http://bit.ly/1aqj7Iu

Making presentations in the TED style http://bit.ly/1aqjpiA

How To Make an In Plain English Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtaSWZPA63s

How to Make a Descriptive Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCl1zoxs3Zo

4. Things to Consider:

-Your Background, Lighting, etc.

-Your appearance

-Sound – voice level, clarity, etc

-Visuals are a must!

5. Record (and Re-Record) Your Video

-Get support in crafting your video – Team up!

6. Post it to YouTube – include link in the Appendix of your paper (see Sample Paper) 

-When you finish your presentation – embed into a blog post on your WordPress Blog

– Tweet it out using the #ugstSTORY hashtag

Further questions? Call 940.565.2457 to meet with Laura BEFORE Monday, November 25th to get help, ask questions, or review style, format, research, resources, or content. Thanks!

 

Concept Mapping & College Life Wellness

Today’s Wellness Lesson had you drawing Concept Maps for different wellness issues and topics (more photos here) many college students face during their time at UNT. Concept mapping or mind mapping are ways to brainstorm ideas, think about research, support different learning styles, and plan for your upcoming exams or final projects (hint, hint).  These concept maps can be with markers and paper, or online using Prezi, MindMeister or other online applications.

In thinking about the wellness topics from class, there are a number of places on campus (some listed here) and people (besides Laura) to support you with any and all of these issues.  Thanks for great conversations and thinking broadly about these issues today. Continue these discussions… no matter how awkward or new they are to you. Talking, asking questions, and learning never hurt anyone before in our #ugstSTORY class.

Concept Mapping with #ugstSTORY

Week 12: Because You Gotta Have Faith [Spiritual Life]

Yesterday in class, Jon Barlett (@jondbartlett), discussed how UNT supports your beliefs and spirituality. It seems as though a number of you enjoyed this conversation, and resources here on campus to support your journey in “making meaning” while at college. Well done!

 

Not only did Jon’s presentation share ideas and resources on campus, he also challenged our class to think about how to be more AWESOME when talking to others who share different points of views. Here are the keys to a healthy interfaith dialogue (from Douglas Kindschi, Director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University):

  • Tolerance: the ability to endure
  • Hospitality: receiving the stranger
  • Understanding: communicating my own views and listening to others views I do not share
  • Respect: demonstrating regard, esteem, and honor
  • Acceptance: conversion is not a goal, and perhaps not an options
  • “Holy Envy:” recognizing admirable elements in other faiths and wanting to reflect those in own faith

In your next WordPress Post #13: DESCRIBE => What does spirituality means to you? What is one thing you learned from Jon’s talk/presentation? AND share how you will utilize the keys to healthy interfaith dialogue (7 points above) in at least 200 words.  The blog post is DUE Thursday (11/24) at 11:59 pm CDT.  Here are the slides from his session:

How’s your final paper coming along?

NEXT CLASS: Format of paper & video presentation requirements will be discussed. Be there!

FINAL MAJOR/CAREER PAPER – what you should have completed by now (35% of final grade):

  1. Researched TWO (2) majors at UNT
  2. Explored TWO (2) careers/occupations
  3. Class Schedule for Spring 2014
  4. GPA Predictions
  5. Current Resume & Future Resume
  6. Practice YouTube Video Presentation (see Elevator Pitch) – TED Talk Style (5 minutes – more to come next week IN CLASS)
  7. Review involvement opportunities e.g. Study Abroad, Student Activities, Lead & Serve, Research, etc.
  8. Contacted & set up another informational interview (occupation/career) and researched an organization/company

Week 11: Go Beyond the Cover – Talking Diversity & Final Paper Prep

Today in class we will talk about diversity. We will share more about our 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 200 word blog post by TONIGHT  (11/7) at 11:59 pm CDT that respond to the following questions:
    • Have you ever judged a book by it’s cover? [Like in Go Beyond The Cover Video] Please share.
    • What cultural group do you identify with?
    • What values and purpose do you identify with?
    • How has your cultural or personal identity been challenged or questioned by others outside the group?
    • What influences your personal opinions, viewpoints or values?
    • How do you want to appreciate/learn/engage more with this topic? e.g. study abroad, join a club on campus, participate in awareness

ASSIGNMENT ROUND UP (due before 12 noon THIS Saturday):

FINAL MAJOR/CAREER PAPER – what you should have completed by now (35% of final grade):

  1. Researched TWO (2) majors at UNT
  2. Explored TWO (2) careers/occupations
  3. Class Schedule for Spring 2014
  4. GPA Predictions
  5. Current Resume & Future Resume
  6. Practice YouTube Video Presentation (see Elevator Pitch) – TED Talk Style (5 minutes – more to come next week IN CLASS)
  7. Review involvement opportunities e.g. Study Abroad, Student Activities, Lead & Serve, Research, etc.
  8. Contacted & set up another informational interview (occupation/career) and researched an organization/company

Week 10: Memory Tips for Studying & Branding Yourself (Elevator Pitch & Resume Building)

Thanks to Valeria from  UNT Student Activities (@UNTActivities) for dropping into our class to show us how to get involved on and around campus. We learned about what events are ahead for UNT Homecoming, how to find a club or organization on OrgSync, or where to find the Student Activities Office (Stoval Hall #117) to talk to someone about getting involved. Check them out! p.s. This is Step 2: Explore Engagement Opportunities for your FINAL PAPER for our class.

Remember how we talked about memory in our last #ugstSTORY class? If you forgot, and you were there perhaps you should review a few memory techniques to help you study for your next test or your final exams. There are different tips & tricks we will discuss further in today’s class to get you prepared as you continue to study at UNT:

Mnemonics

MNEMONICS – INDEX/INTRODUCTION 

9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory

Spacefem.com: Random Mnemonic Maker 

Memory Tips

How to Improve Your Memory: Tips and Exercises to Boost Brainpower

Develop Perfect Memory With the Memory Palace Technique 

Online memory improvement course

BRAND YOURSELF!

We will also talk about working on your own resume & building experiences while at UNT. This will help with both your resume and creating an “elevator pitch” for when you graduate. Here are couple of BAD and GOOD elevator pitch examples.  Here are a few tips and tricks as you create YOUR elevator pitch (DUE: Thursday, October 31st at 11:59 pm) – remember this will be a VIDEO of yourself which will be posted to YouTube and EMBEDDED into your WordPress Blog #10 :

For your Elevator Pitch Assignment, please complete the following items:

  1. Draft a short introduction about you! Be sure to include your name, classification, major (if you have an idea about one), where you study, any past interests or current things you are involved in on/off campus, and at least ONE key skills that makes you stand out with an example of that skills in action. This should be a BRIEF 30-60 second introduction that you could give to someone if you happened to be on an elevator with them.  BE CREATIVE!
  2. Record (or find a #ugstSTORY classmate to record) a video with your elevator pitch introduction. Consider what you’re wearing, the lighting, background, film/sound quality, and your appearance (habits, eye-contact, etc) on camera. This might require you to try more than one take.
  3. Once recorded – UPLOAD your Elevator Pitch video to YouTube. [If you do not have an account – guess what.. it’s FREE. You may also consider using this video account for FINAL Major/Career Research Paper Video Presentation (part 5) too. Hint. Hint]. A couple of examples from my last year class can be found HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
  4. EMBED your video into your WordPress blog post before 11:59 pm CT on Thursday, October 31st. HOW TO: Upload a video to YouTube & Embed a YouTube Video to WordPress
  5. BONUS: What to create a future Elevator Pitch that you  might give when you are in your Senior year at UNT or for your “Graduate Resume”? Please create, upload and post another blog post with your future self elevator pitch describing things you have been involved in on campus, work experience, talents and skills that you would bring to the table for a potential employer, graduate/professional school admissions, or recruiter in your career field of interest.

UPDATED Office Hours for Laura Pasquini –  Wednesday (10/30) from 6-9 pm @ Big Mike’s Coffee Shop (on Frye Street) 

**Why might you want to check in and meet with Laura?

  • Deciding on a Major?
  • Need to chat about W/WF for a class before the 11/6 deadline
  • Interested in playing the number game with your grades in classes?
  • Questions about career/major research – need to find another person to interview for your final paper?
  • Help with your FINAL Major/Career Paper — all sections (pssst it’s due in a few weeks)

THINGS TO NOTE for #ugstSTORY

  • Brand Yourself! DUE WP Post #10: What’s Your Elevator Pitch? Take a video capture of your best elevator pitch on a YouTube video & embed it into a blog post. Can include a value or skill and perhaps a club or organization you are involved it OR plan to connect to in the future at UNT – DUE Thursday (10/31) at 11:59 pm CDT; practice for your Final Assignment (Part 5) Video Presentation
  • Resume:  Part of your Final Major/Career Research Paper assignment => Part 1, Step 3: Create TWO (2) resumes – one current and one “graduation” resume. Check out the UNT Career Center Resume & Cover Letter Book [PDF] & University of Iowa resources for help building your resume + what we shared in class today!
  • BONUS: Wear a Halloween costume to class on 10/31 and take a #selfie. Tweet this image with #ugstSTORY; Guest Speaker – Rachel Grimes from the Student Money Management Center
  • #ugstSTORY goes back on TOUR to the Learning Center! Meet in Sage Hall 315 on 11/5
  • Have you started your Final Major/Career Paper yet? You should! Start researching your major or reaching out to your next informational interview NOW!
  • BONUS: What do you think about cheating in college? Based on our discussion, and the video examples posted on the last #ugstSTORY blog, share your thoughts in a 300 word or more. https://ugststory.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/week-9-academic-integrity-group-work-cheating/ Also feel free to check out the “TurnItIn – Testing Your Paper” link to run your assignments to check for plagiarism found in our course menu.
  • WP Blog Post #11: What I learned during the Student Money Management Class. Today Rachel Grimes will be teaching a class about managing and planning with your money. You will have to write a minimum 200 word blog post to talk about what you learned in today’s class and other helpful resources you can find on campus at the Student Money Management Center – Due at 11:59 pm TONIGHT (10/31).

Week 9: Academic Integrity, Group Work & Cheating

Congrats for completing your Roadtrip Nation Projects! I am impressed with valuable information, efforts, and lessons learned from all of you. Please be sure to wrap up the evaluation and reflection process for the RTN project before the end of this week (Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:59 pm). Here’s your “to do” list:

  1. RTN Process Paper – Submit on Blackboard Learn
  2. RTN Project components: Handouts, Presentation (PPT or Prezi Link), and Interview Q & A submitted through Bb Learn
  3. Class Feedback form – DUE In Class Today (10/24)
  4. Email Laura (laura.pasquini@unt.edu) about YOUR specific RTN group, and what everyone did for the project
  5. Blog: WP Post => How do you work in a team? What is your role? What do you love/hate about team work? Benefits? Challenges? Lessons learned?
  6. BONUS: Blog your RTN Process paper comments AND respond to at least one other classmate’s post. Many of you may want to do this. Hint: Cut & paste is easy. Then a thoughtful response.🙂

From your discussion in group work came the conversation of cheating, and what it might be while working in a group. This will not be the last time you deal with this issue or other academic integrity questions while at UNT. Whether it is cheating on a test, self-plagiarism, not citing references, group projects, sharing notes, stolen tests, or suffering the consequences of others who cheat on a midterm — this might be something you have to face during your college career (or in life).  Think about how you might handle the following situation….

THINGS TO NOTE for #ugstSTORY

  • Office Hours for Laura Pasquini: Friday (10/24) – 10 am – 2 pm in Sage Hall 302 (first come first serve; other UGST 1000 classes might be waiting for me) AND Wednesday (10/30) – 5-9 pm @ Big Mike’s Coffee Shop (Frye Street) http://www.bigmikescoffeeshop.com/
  • BONUS: Wear a Halloween costume to class on 10/31 and take a #selfie. Tweet this image with #ugstSTORY; Guest Speaker – Rachel Grimes from the Student Money Management Center
  • #ugstSTORY goes back on TOUR to the Learning Center! Meet in Sage Hall 315 on 11/5
  • Have you started your Final Major/Career Paper yet? You should! Start researching your major or reaching out to your next informational interview NOW!
  • BONUS: What do you think about cheating in college? Based on our discussion, and the video examples posted on the last #ugstSTORY blog, share your thoughts in a 300 word or more. https://ugststory.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/week-9-academic-integrity-group-work-cheating/ Also feel free to check out the “TurnItIn – Testing Your Paper” link to run your assignments to check for plagiarism found in our course menu.

 

UPDATED Office Hours for Laura Pasquini 

Monday (10/28) from 7:30-9:30 pm in the BLB Atrium.

Wednesday (10/30) from 6-9 pm @ Big Mike’s Coffee Shop (on Frye Street) http://www.bigmikescoffeeshop.com/

**Why might you want to check in and meet with Laura?

  • Deciding on a Major?
  • Need to chat about W/WF for a class before the 11/6 deadline
  • Interested in playing the number game with your grades in classes?
  • Questions about career/major research – need to find another person to interview for your final paper?
  • Help with your FINAL Major/Career Paper — all sections (pssst it’s due in a few weeks)

 

Week 9: Roadtrip Nation Peer Evaluations & Reflection

This week we will be wrapping up our stories from the RoadTrip Nation Projects. Below I have posted the “TO DO” requirements to wrap up this project this week.

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You must submit ONE (1) Class Feedback Form (peer evaluation) for each group presented. All handouts and presentations are stored in the #ugstSTORY Roadtrip Nation Folder on Blackboard Learn. These evaluations will be due IN CLASS on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

Road Trip Nation Group Project – Class Feedback of Group Project

Team Name: _____________________________________________

On a scale of 1-5, one being the lowest rating and five being the highest, please rate the team on the following:

1. How thorough was the team’s content and did they meet the requirements of the assignment?

1                              2                              3                              4                              5

2. How creative was the team’s presentation?

1                              2                              3                              4                              5

3. How prepared did the team seem?

1                              2                              3                              4                              5

4. Overall, how was their presentation?

1                              2                              3                              4                              5

5. How would you rate their handout?

1                              2                              3                              4                              5

Please add up all the scores and divide by 5. Enter your overall score here: _____________

Comments to support scores given above:

 

 

Process Paper – Due : Wednesday, October 23, 2013 via Blackboard Dropbox by 11:59 pm. BONUS: Post your papers on WordPress & comment on another #ugstSTORY blog post for bonus points before class on 10-24-13 

Individual Process Paper – Each student will hand in an individual paper that illustrates what you learned through the Road Trip Nation Group project and addresses ALL of the following questions.

A. Focusing on one of the interviews conducted by your group, describe that individual’s journey.
B. What aspects of his/her life impacted the decisions she/he made about which paths to pursue? How did the values of the person you interviewed impact the decisions he/she made?
C. Thinking about all of the interviews conducted by your group, what did you learn about the career exploration process?
D. What themes emerged across the interviews?
E. What struck you about the differences between the interviews?
F. How will you apply what you learned to your own process of deciding on a college major and a career to pursue? Use specific examples from the interviews to support your conclusions about the career exploration process.

 

Finally – TWEET ABOUT IT:

#ugstSTORY: Student Activities is coming to visit our class next week – post one question with our class hashtag for our speaker! Feel free to follow them on Twitter@UNTactivities