speculative fiction

Radical professionalism (2b): … but it can be about imagination …

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University undergraduate liberal arts education is #AntiFascistSFF

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A special bonus post in celebration of the Happy Academic New Year; all images (except one) are from the brilliant Scarfolk Council (scarfolk.blogspot.com), which you MUST visit forthwith if you have not already done so.  (more…)

Make the essay Montaignian again (2)

This started out as a short post about worrying. It is dedicated to my FREN 220 students who will be sitting their final exam next week, to other students preparing for and sitting exams (notwithstanding amusing attempts to undermine our exam season), and to students more generally. You are why faculty are here. And we are here for you. We worry. We want to help: in respectful support.

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THE RULES (2016)

It’s that time of year again. Time for updating the general-purpose appendix to all syllabus for all courses.

LAST UPDATED: 2016-09-01

la règle du jeu / renoir

MENU: AIMS, OBJECTIVES, EXPECTATIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES, GRADING CRITERIA

I. Aims and objectives
II. Expectations
III. Responsibilities
IV. Grading criteria
V. Plagiarism
VI. Late work
VII. Extensions and making up for missed work
VIII. Tests and examinations
IX. Quick links to UBC rules, policies, and procedures

CAVEAT AND PREAMBULATORY FIRST RULE

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Medievalising Modern French & hope


An admission: I don’t really like exams, and I really don’t enjoy having to invigilate them as that means watching people suffer. Here at UBC, in lower-level undergraduate courses we are stuck with obligatory final exams worth at least a certain percentage of the final grade (and another percentage for work done under controlled conditions, be that as exams or in class). I’d rather that exams, like much else, were more like the image above. And less black-and-white; more green, with birdsong… (more…)