Assigned Reading Reviews: For each reading, a person will be assigned to compose a review of a reading assigned for that day & post them to the course blog (under construction). The reviews, when appropriate, will also be included as part of the development of the Psych Table, an online resource for evolved psychological adaptations (psychtable.org). Instructions for reviewing will be provided via Blackboard. These blog reviews and entries on the PsychTable will be accessible to the public and used by other students and researchers and should be composed using coherent, logical, and carefully edited prose. You will be asked to rate the scholarly contributions of the pieces you review, requiring you to demonstrate higher-level critical thinking skills, including analysis and synthesis. Reviews must be posted to course blog no later than 6PM the day before class.
Commentaries: Everyone not assigned to review/present must provide two written commentaries on the blog post. The first commentary must be done before we discuss the article in class. The second commentary must be done before the midterm exam (if assigned during the first half of the course) or the final (if assigned during the second half). Commentaries need not summarize the reading but should make it clear that you read and thought about the piece. The second commentary must show integration of material–that is, I want to see what you’ve learned and how other readings and discussion have shed new light on each respective reading.
Web Log: Blog is short for web log, and you will use our course blog (or your personal blog, in the case of graduate students) as a web log to summarize the articles you read for your research proposal. As you read articles, you will write posts summarizing the article in a way that is meaningful to you. Sometimes that will mean a complete summary of the article, others times it will simply pull out part of an article that relates to your research interest. You must indicate what about the article is of interest to you and how it relates to your own research proposal. You must use blog tags to highlight the salient aspects of your post, which is how you will be able to search for your posts later, as they accumulate. By logging your reading thus, you will integrate the material more deeply and accomplish much of the writing of your proposal well in advance of the deadlines. If you are unclear as to what I expect, John Hawks keeps an excellent web log (johnhawks.net), and I have modeled my own blogging after his (Cheap Thrills thru Evolution).