Mythology with Erin

Adventures in storytelling

Class Assignments

I am so excited for this mythology class! I was a bit skittish about it at first because so many people have told me that online classes can go very poorly, but I’m really enjoying myself so far. For some reason, this class feels a bit like playing a video game, where you play for just a little bit each day, maybe accomplish a few story goals or side-quests, and then put it aside until next time. I love being able to work at my own pace, and I love learning new things about blogging and the Internet. I also love mythology, which is why I’m chomping at the bit to get to the real curriculum!

I’m very impressed by the variety of assignments that we’re going to do in this class, and I’m excited by it because it means that I won’t get bored. I’m interested to try to the Tech Tips extra credit assignment because I like learning nerdy new computer things, and the Wikipedia Trails one should be cool because falling down the Wikipedia rabbit hole is something I already do, usually way past my bedtime. 

As for primary assignments, I really like that there will be a lot of storytelling in this class. I’m a writer by trade, so the idea of taking the things we’re learning about mythology and turning them into something of our own is right up my alley. I expected this to be a more lecture-heavy class, where we would do a survey of different mythologies from around the world and then take a multiple-choice test on them, maybe do a research paper with a half-dozen sources. Typical, boring class stuff. However, what’s actually going to happen sounds much more fun.

I do expect to learn a lot in this class, and I expect to be challenged, mostly because this class looks like it will give me the option to challenge myself! I’m both excited and nervous about the Storybook project, and I’m intrigued to find out more details about it so I can start to choose a topic. What I’m most excited about, though, is getting and giving feedback with the other students! I expected this class to be lonely since it’s self-guided, but I like that there is interaction built in to ensure that there is an element of collaborative learning, just like there would be in a traditional class. I can’t wait to read everyone else’s stories and to share my own!

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  1. Just a quick note to say that seeing this post pop up in the stream MADE MY DAY. It really sounds like this class will be such a good fit, and I am excited to read your stories. You can treat it as a totally laid back and open-ended space to experiment… and then we will all get to see what happens! That’s why the class is this blog network instead of the usual discussion-board-based class: each person’s blog is like your own writer’s notebook, AND you get to visit and share. The synergy can be powerful! 🙂

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