In Class Prompts

Day One: Jan 23

Look for your workshop number and head over to that poster. Mingle and talk to people who are in your same workshop section. Say hello. Please don’t sit yet. Chat with other humans.

(Note: Your workshop number is 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, or 49).

After we’ve mingled for awhile, we’ll give you a nod to please sit with your workshop team.

Day Two: Jan 25

Using Remind101

21 firsts

Intro to the Institute: Part I

Kim Jaxon’s site

Spend a few minutes with a couple of Vincent’s posts: what would we learn about features of a blog post from reading these? What’s the purpose of blogging? What is included? What’s the tone? What kinds of comments are there on his posts?

Making our own decision rules about blogging: public, representative, narrative, images, links, making the blog work for you.

Jan 30

Who Gets to Graduate?

What about income factors? Why might that matter? What could a university do?

What supports a feeling of belonging? Can we point to specifics? How would we study this?

Find a passage or idea in the article that is interesting for us to discuss.

Feb 1

QW: From page 133:

“The way I see it, higher education, ten, twenty years from now is going to look very different. It won’t be the brick and mortar and the semester and a course in this and a course in that. It’s going to be more outcomes based and skill based, project based. You don’t have to take these sixty courses or whatever it is to be a journalist. Someone will identify your gaps and then you address the gaps, in whatever way is possible. And that may mean taking an online course from New Zealand, being in a discussion forum with people in Canada, an internship in Mexico with Habitat for Humanity. You just need to get the knowledge and skills whatever way you can and then test out or present a portfolio. And when you add it all up, a few years later, you actually are ready to be a good journalist.”

How do you think this would work in your chosen field or with your interests. If you could design your next 3 1/2 years of college (with unlimited resources), what would it look like? What classes would you take, what internships, what experiences do you want to have, what technologies…? Sketch out a plan or some notes. We’ll share these in small teams.

In small groups, use your individual design to design your ideal college experience. What structures overlap in your designs? How do your needs and design paths differ? Prepare to share out.

Feb 6

College Portrait

Average Loan Debt

About Chico

Sac Bee Salary Look up

Feb 8

Map out all your ties to the university: clubs, spaces you frequent, friends, professors, events you attend. What does a map of your day look like? Where do you cluster? How would you frame your friendships via the article we read (compartments, samples, tight knit)? What would make you feel even more connected to the university?

Brainstorming for our blogs

NY Times 650 prompts

Every group share out 2 ideas for a blog prompt:

How college life is not like the movies.

Everything your highschool teacher told you about college is right (or wrong).

What is college for…

My ideal college education…


Long distance relationships

changing relationships

housing–for real.


what to do in Chico


finding your spot! comfort level of the classroom

lying to your parents (lying)

what does it mean to go to a party school when you don’t party

the struggle of getting to class

food! review options

college pet peeves

Feb 20

Ideas for research

Our survey findings