Schedule 2020

Note that we will begin asynchronously online (no scheduled zoom or anything, but there is some stuff to do online, see below). Then we will have in class meetings (half of you on tuesdays, the other half on thursdays) for the month of September. Then online (combo of synchronous and asynchronous) after that, details to follow.

Aug 25, 27 Online

  • View this Introduction video first!
  • Read this post that was written by someone who teaches young kids, and although all of you are older and adults, I think this message rings very true for all of us.
  • Go to the Tools for Open Pedagogy page on the course hub site. Read the Twitter and the Personal Learning Network page and set up a twitter account (you can use your existing twitter account if you already have one). We will be using #EvolHumBehav as our course hashtag.
  • Send a tweet to the #EvolHumBehav hashtag with a gif that best illustrates your state of mind right now. You can be funny or serious or angry or silly or happy or whatever you want, you can add your own words, make a poll, make your own meme, etc., there are no rules for this- just tweet something and follow the hashtag to see what your classmates are posting. You can tag me if you like (@karencang) but don’t forget the hashtag!
  • Then view this lecture video by Dr. Robert Sapolsky from his, Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology course at Stanford University. I know it’s long, but I promise you will enjoy all of it, it is really fascinating! Take some notes on the things that you find the most interesting and then using the course hashtag, #EvolHumBehav, copy some nuggets from your notes to engage in a twitter chat about this video. Tweet about any reactions you had to the lecture, what was interesting? confusing? surprising? talk about ‘categorical thinking’, post as many tweets as you want. Read and reply to your classmates’ tweets. Don’t forget the hashtag!
  • Which In-class group am I in? Sign up to choose.

Sep 1, 3  In Class

  • Group A meets on Tuesday, Group B meets on Thursday
  • Before class, read the content on the KSC Open: Domain of One’s Own page to get started with creating your KSCOpen website. Go to Setting up your Web Domain on Canvas.
  • Read the Creative Commons and Open Licenses page. Then find and post at least two openly licensed photos somewhere on your domain site with the proper CC license photo attribution.
  • Write an “about me” (or other title) page and post it to your site.
  • Start your first draft of a blog post on any topic from Robert Sapolsky’s lecture, or any ideas that spun off from listening to that lecture. Do some internet searching to find sources (that you can hyperlink to) for your piece.
  • Natural Selection and Evolution lecture and discussion
  • Homework: Read these sections on the Univ of California, Berkeley Evolution 101 site: Natural selection, Natural selection at work, What about fitness?, Sexual selection, Adaptation, and Misconceptions about natural selection.
  • Make a Vocabulary List of all of the terms that seem important from the above readings and create a page on your website with your list.
  • Read the cartoon, Survival of the Sneakiest

Sep 8, 10  In Class

  • Group A meets on Tuesday, Group B meets on Thursday
  • Continue to work on your domain site development, use of openly licensed material, hyperlinking and tweeting skills.
  • Keep writing blog posts. Explore some articles and resources that use the terms you have on your vocabulary list in the context of human behavior. Just pick any topic that interests you (like human cooperation, altruism, violence. gossip, jealousy, homosexuality, addiction, religion, ANY kind of human behavior). Try putting [Evolution of ….. } in a google search. Be sure to put the link to your posts in the class spreadsheet.
  • Misunderstandings and Misconceptions about Human Behavioral Evolution, lecture and discussion

Sep 15, 17  In Class

Sep 22, 24  In Class

  • The Biology of Skin Color and the Social Construction of Race, lecture and discussion.
  • Continue to work on your domain site development, use of openly licensed material, hyperlinking, tweeting skills and hypothes.is annotations
  • Putting a CC license on your domain site.

Sep 29, Oct 1 Online

  • Sign up for a required Individual Zoom session with Dr. C on Tue, Sep 29. Find the Zoom Sign-Up sheet from the Course Menu.
  • Begin the Check Please! Starter Course. Create a page on your domain site (with links to other pages/posts if you like), for your Fact Checking Notebook. This is where you will answer the questions in the check please! course; also provide space for fact checks of articles that you find on your own. Make sure your page/post allows comments.
  • Go back and consider the sources you used in your previous posts – do any of them need fact checking?
  • Using the course hashtag, #Evolhumbehav, send some tweets about your experiences doing the Check please! course. You might want to repeat something from your post and link to it. Or just write a thought. Writing a tweet is writing too, sometimes these small chunks of writing lead to longer pieces, especially if someone reads and responds.

Oct 6, Oct 9 Online

  • Meet as a whole class on ZOOM on Tues, Oct 6, at 10:00am.
  • Self Assessment form #1 due on Weds, Oct 7 – see canvas!
  • Watch the interactive documentary on the Becoming Human site. (Make sure to click through the buttons (evidence, anatomy, lineages, culture) at the top to find the episodes.)
  • Explore the What does it mean to be human? Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History website.
  • Answer the questions on the Becoming Human course site page and post to your site.
  • Engage in a twitter chat about the following question: Does thinking about the evolution of Hominids, alter the way that you think about human beings in general, or yourself, or our place as Homo sapiens (the only non-extinct hominid species) in nature? Use #EvolHumBehav

Oct 13, Oct 15 Online

  • Open Zoom hours: During regular class time, Tues 13th & Thurs 15th, 10:00am-11:45am, drop in any time (Same zoom link – see canvas or the zoom sign up sheet)
  • Keep writing blog posts. Explore some articles and resources that use the terms you have on your vocabulary list in the context of human behavior. Just pick any topic that interests you (like human cooperation, altruism, violence. gossip, jealousy, homosexuality, addiction, religion, ANY kind of human behavior). Try putting [Evolution of ….. } in a google search. Be sure to put the link to your posts in the class spreadsheet.
  • Send at least one tweet with a link to an article that you read that you thought was interesting and say why it’s interesting in the tweet. Use #EvolHumBehav.
  • Write about your findings. Do the authors appear to be using the terms (natural selection, sexual selection, adaptation, fitness) according to how they are defined in the Evolution 101 course? (Did you use your fact-checking skills?)

Oct 20, Oct 22 Online

  • Required Individual Zoom hours on Tue, Oct 20 and Thurs, Oct 22. Go to the Zoom Sign Up Sheet!
  • Go to the Human Evolutionary Mismatches page, choose ONE of the questions, and create a post to (extensively) answer that question and discuss the topic.
  • Send a tweet or two from your post. Use the #EvolHumBehav hashtag!

Oct 27, Oct 29 Online

  • Meet as a whole class on ZOOM on Tues, Oct 27, at 10:00am.
  • We will discuss progress and topics of choice.
  • See your assignment for conducting a Peer Review on a piece written by a classmate. Create a document to answer the questions. Then send a copy of it to both me and the student’s piece that you reviewed.

Nov 3, Nov 5 Online

  • Student choice

Nov 10, Nov 12 Online

  • Individual zoom meetings: Sign up here:

Nov 24 Online

  • Open Optional Zoom hours on Tue, Oct 20 and Thurs, Oct 22 10:00-11:45am

Dec 1, Dec 3 Online

  • Virtual Showcase
  • Final Self-Assessment
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