|Even cats can learn online.|
JT, my husband, and I all signed up for the six week course. There are two tracks for the class, the regular track and the distinction track. Students following the distinction track are required to play Lord of the Rings Online, or LOTRO. JT and my husband are taking part in the game playing track. I am only following the regular track. I have never been good at those kinds of games. I can't even keep my character on a path, let alone fight the bad guys. EM is not taking the class due to his age, but he is watching some of the lectures with us. He also watches JT and his father play the game.
|week one lectures|
You can see a list of the first week's lectures in the picture to the right. In addition, week one's reading assignments look like this:
Reading for Week 1:
• J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring
Read the “Prologue, Concerning Hobbits, and other matters” and Book One of the novel.
• Jesper Juul's Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds
Read the first 7-pages of the "introduction, " available online for free as a downloadable Pdf file at: http://www.half-real.net/about.html
• Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem “Ithaca”
Available for free in the original Greek and several English translations at “The Official Website of the Cavafy Archive.” In the videos, we have used the translation by Daniel Mendelsohn: http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=259&cat=1
The Distinction Track students have a separate week one assignment to set up their accounts with LOTRO and complete the introductory quests.
Modern parenting certainly puts me in strange situations.