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Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night"What was God doing before He made heaven and earth?"      
If, they say, He was at rest and doing nothing,      
why did He not continue doing      
nothing for ever after      
as forever      
before?      

St. Augistine, Confessions, Book IX      




∞ Class Participation

Falling from Infinity is a discussion-based course.  Its success relies on everyone preparing for class – reading and thoughtfully considering all assigned course materials, jotting down discussion questions, and completing assignments on time – and actively participating in discussions.   Class participation can take on many forms; one is not talking a lot.  When you ask thoughtful questions, offer insightful comments, note relevant passages in texts, point out connections between ideas, listen with an open mind, and share personal experiences, you contribute to a healthy, productive discussion. Class Participation rubric.

∞ Reflection Journal

You will keep a reflection journal throughout the course, adding at least one entry (one or more pages) per week.  The entries, which should explore the course materials or the in-class discussions in more depth, provide a means for you to track your voyage through the infinite, record your questions, pose your answers, and document how your questions and answers change over time.  For a few of your journal entries, you’ll have choice in the topics you explore as well as the direction you take in discussing those topics.  For the majority, you will be given small tasks to complete beforehand and then asked to reflect on the tasks. Guidelines and Reflection Journal rubric.

 

 

∞ Reflection Tasks

From time to time, you will be given small tasks to complete and then asked to reflect on them.

Sample tasks include:

  • Interview children, adults, friends, family, strangers about their views of infinity and compare their answers to your own
  • Create a photo essay which captures, in your minds-eye, elements of the infinite
  • Write a short story centered around one of the works of art discussed in the course
  • Create your vision of infinity through digital storytelling

Guidelines and a rubric for how each assigned reflection task is assessed will be provided.

∞ Final Reflection Portfolio

During the semester, you will explore from a variety of perspectives questions about the infinite and infinitesimal. Along the way, you will “play” with the ideas in discussion, in writing, and in art. For your final reflection task, you will create a portfolio of your work to represent your evolving thinking in this course. The portfolio should include consciously and carefully selected samples of your own work and course materials, and a reflective essay explaining what the collection as a whole means to you and how the portfolio reflects the changes in your thinking about the infinite. Guidelines and Reflection Portfolio rubric.