December 6, 1994
For the Christmas colleague acknowledgement process, your task is very similar to what it was for the November one: to find a way to acknowledge what you have learned from others during the term.
As with the November process, the more specific, concrete and reflective the acknowledgement, the more valuable it will be, both to you and to the person you're acknowledging. If the acknowledgement can include a passage of writing as an example, or a specific instance, so much the better. If a colleague has been generally helpful, it's much better to find an example of that helpfulness than to say that she was helpful in general.
You should have many new occasions of learning -- about specific historical events, about understanding belief, about research, writing, editing, using the computers, working with others, organizing groups, or whatever other kinds of learning have gone on for you since the November acknowledgement process.
On the other hand, there may be instances and examples which you used last time which you would like to include this time as well. There is no reason this shouldn't be done: the process is intended to include the whole term. And since we will be using the same form, and the same method of sending the form to us, you can actually use your acknowledgements form from last time as a basis, adding new ones and revising or eliminating already existing ones.
The ACKNOWLG file we used last month is still in the main Q: directory, and you can use it if you choose.
One thing you may want to consider is acknowledging groups of people from whose writing you learned something. If you do so, you should make sure that every member of the group receives the acknowledgement: you can do this by copying the passage into your ACKNOWLG file under each of their names, or you can add a section at the end of the file for acknowledging groups.
As you think about your learning in this program so far this year, remember to consider things you learned from other people's writing, from things they said, from things they showed you how to do; remember, too, that this course is about all kinds of learning -- about strategies for finding things in the library and for organizing groups, about information on the particular subjects we're investigating and information on computers, about attitudes toward learning and attitudes toward each other, about understanding learning and understanding ourselves. As you do these acknowledgements, first spend some time reflecting on your own learning so far -- how are you different now from what you were and knew and could do in September? -- and ask yourself where you learned those things.
We have to have the ACKNOWLG file, sent to us at TRUTHFAC, by December 16 in order to use the acknowledgements as the basis for generating a Christmas mark.
You will be receiving this note by email, as well as notes regarding the program evaluation and your learning reflection. All three of these need to be submitted, at the latest, by December 16.
Have a great Christmas. Read the booklets. Think about how you want to structure your learning next term. Take some time off. We'll see you in January.