Thursday, January 18

Today is Thursday of WEEK 1. It's time for Introduction posts, and also an assignment I hope you will like, learning about Carol Dweck's "growth mindset" approach to learning. Here is a link to the Orientation week assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Success Tips: Ask Questions. Please feel free to contact me with questions any time. If I happen to be online, I will write you back right away. Asking questions is how you learn... and it helps me know what things I need to explain more clearly about the class. So, no need to apologize at all: if you have a question, just ask!

Blog links and images. I wanted to remind everybody to make sure you are creating clickable links in your posts and also that you are uploading images instead of remote linking (hotlinking). For specific help with links and images, see these pages for more info: Links in Blogger (don't just paste in the http address) and Blogger Images: Always Upload (don't just copy-and-paste the image).

My comments. I'm working through the Favorite Places posts, and then I will move on to the Introduction posts which I'll be commenting on this week and next. It's fun seeing all the different Favorite Places! Then, next week you will also start commenting on the Introduction posts, meeting other people in the class; that commenting assignment will be ready for you next Tuesday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. You will be learning about growth mindset today, so I wanted to share a growth acronym that Rosa made; find out more at her blog post: GROWTH: Grab Riveting Opportunities With The Heart. Making a "growth mindset" acronym or your own growth mindset motto is one of the extra credit challenges you can try later on:

Words from Mythology. Here's another word origin for you: this month, January, takes its name from the Roman god, Janus. He had a face looking forward and a face looking backward, just as January is the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year. We also get the word "janitor" from January, because "janitors" were originally doorkeepers, opening and closing doors. Find out more at JANUS.

Myth Video OR India Video: I just learned that one of my favorite TV shows, Battlestar Galactica, is now streaming on Amazon Prime... and there is an India connection: the theme song is based on the ancient Gayatri Mantra. Find out more here: Battlestar Galactica: Gayatri Mantra.

Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is related to one of the key ideas of growth mindset: don't be afraid of making a mistake! They wouldn’t make erasers if we didn’t make mistakes. Find out more at the Proverb Laboratory.

Writing: I know a lot of you are science majors, so I wanted to share a cartoon from one of my favorite cartoonists, Tom Gauld: Science/Science Fiction. Science fiction Storybooks are very welcome in this class! :-)

H.E.A.R.T.: Here's a fun cartoon about technology and well-being: Tech-Meditation.

Growth Mindset: Now that you are going to be learning about growth mindset, I'll start including a growth mindset cat each day in the announcements. Today's growth mindset cat offers these encouraging words: You are capable of more than you think. Find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Video: Here's another video that I thought you might enjoy in the spirit of being brave and getting outside of your comfort zone: Be Brave for Education.

Event on Campus: There will be a talk tonight at 6:30PM at the Russell Center by Chelsea Herr: Restoration and Revival: Life and Work of Joseph Henry Sharp (details; more about Sharp). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 18: Kipling. Today marks the anniversary of the death in 1936 of the British author Rudyard Kipling, who was born in Mumbai, India in 1865 and who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. You can read more about Kipling's life and career in this Wikipedia article, and here's a link to one of my favorite Kipling books: Just-So Stories. He was also the author of The Jungle Book.

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.

Professional Portrait

My name is Blair Bowman and I am a technically a sophomore at The University of Oklahoma, but will be graduating a year early in May 2019 with a major in Public Relations, and minor in Health and Exercise Science. I am involved in the Pi Beta Phi national sorority, and was on the coed cheerleading squad my freshman year. I believe that people will remember how you make them feel about themselves when they’re around you, and that motivates me to be a positive role model for anyone I come in contact with each and every day. I am a believer in Jesus Christ, and I strive to honor him in everything I do. I am very into social media, and very thankful for my background in cheerleading that has provided me with a substantial platform to share some of the highlights of my life on. Here are some of my favorite memories that I have shared on my most popular platform, Instagram. (@blairrbowmann)


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Missin' my girls💓

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Make some "Noise Noise Noise", because it's Gameday Gameday Gameday!🤗 #svrhdphotography

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Another round…State Bound!❤🏈🏆

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somewhere in Mexico👙

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Hi! My name is Brooke Solan and I’m a junior Musical Theater major at Syracuse University. I chose musical theater as my major because I’ve been singing, dancing, and acting since I was seven years old, and it’s my absolute favorite thing in the world. I think I have a gift for it and it’s my biggest passion so I’ve chosen to study it in school and make it my career path. I’ll be moving to New York City as a part of the Tepper Semester Program for my final semester as a Syracuse student and I plan on living there after I graduate as well. There, I’ll be learning from industry professionals to propel me into my new life as an actor in New York City with as much training and preparation as possible. I plan on auditioning for theater companies mainly, and possibly for film as well in the future. Although my biggest career goal and lifelong dream is to perform in Broadway shows, it is also my goal to just work consistently as a professional actor. Right now, I am also studying to get certified in a voice technique called the Institute of Vocal Advancement in order to be a certified voice instructor as my “survival” occupation while pursuing theater in New York as well.

I think writing is an extremely important part of my career and the study of acting. It’s essential to effectively communicate a point of view and articulate yourself properly when going into an audition, a rehearsal, or any type of interview. This writing class will help me learn more about how to do that. I also think it’s important to research outside sources, analyze what they are trying to communicate, and develop my own perspective on that information through writing. These things will help me open my mind, and expand my understanding of others and their opinions and thoughts. Those skills are important in every occupation though, not just mine. I would also like to learn more about how to do extensive research on high quality sources, and how to determine which sources are the most effective to use in my writing. I believe all these valuable skills will make me a more well-rounded person and improve my communication skills greatly.

I’ve always enjoyed writing, literature, and English; they were my favorite classes in high school. Some of my favorite literature is British, particularly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Wuthering Heights, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and Pride and Prejudice are just a few of my favorite novels. Through my connection to acting, I’ve discovered more about my deep passion for Shakespeare as well, and the amazing literature he has written. I appreciate his use of language and his incredible, uncanny understanding of the human experience so much. I thoroughly enjoy reading his work, and acting it as well.


I’m looking forward to learning more about informing and enhancing my writing and research skills in this class.

First Blog Post

Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Morgan Davis. I am a junior at the University of Oklahoma. I believe that life is difficult, but we can get through it with the help of great people around us. Things I love to do include talking, listening, cooking and tweeting. I am guided by my strong moral principles that have independently developed throughout my life. I am extremely motivated by the idea of the future. Knowing that the things I do now will enhance my future endeavors really motivates me to want and do better. Design is something that I have always had the chance to learn more about but never did. I always found it interesting but it seemed too difficult to pursue. I am interested in seeing how this class changes my perspective on design and creative projects.

Best of OU Create Winter Break 17-18

Over the winter break, the OU Create community made a ton of interesting posts, about everything from retrospectives on the Fall semester to Mario Kart Wii. We’ve selected our favorite posts from the last month, so without further ado, please enjoy the best of OU Create from Winter Break!

And now for the roundup…

Brent is a graduate student who worked as the co-curator of Bizzel’s Galileo’s World exhibition. In his post, Brent shares more about the exhibit, the work that went into it, and how this experience has helped him grow as a professional.

Brent's photoof the OU Bizzel Library 5th Floor Exhibit Hall

Carolyn shared a post about the role soccer has played in her life. While she doesn’t play competitively anymore, Carolyn reflects on the moral lessons she learned during her time playing the game.

Carolyn's photo of herself playing soccer

Rachel made a list of her favorite Instagram photographers. Not only is this post a great way to beautify your feed, but Rachel also gives a brief overview of each photographer’s artistic style.

Screenshot of Rachel's post

Elizabeth traveled to Israel over the summer and took the Winter Break to finish sharing all of the photos and stories from her trip. Her post covers three weeks of travel in Israel, with beautiful photos.

Elizabeth's photo of art in Jerusalem

Emmanuelle spent part of the Winter Break in New Orleans, exploring the history and culture of the city. Her post covers everything from the French Quarter to swamp tours.

Emmanuelle's photo of paintings in the French Quarter

And that’s all for now! Keep writing posts, and stay tuned for the next Best of OU Create roundup!

Wednesday, January 17

Today is Wednesday of Week 1. If you did not finish the Tuesday assignments, there is a grace period this morning until noon, and here is a link to the Week 1 Orientation. For Wednesday's assignment, you will be browsing student projects from past semesters so that you can start thinking about what kind of project you might want to do. Enjoy!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Success Tips: Announcements by Email. Yesterday I recommended reading the class announcements each day, and one way to do that is to subscribe by email; if you would like to receive the announcements by email, you can use the subscription form in the blog sidebar or click this subscription link.

Blog network. Thanks to everybody who got their blogs started yesterday! The blog stream is very lively now, full of new posts. There's a "blog stream" link in the Canvas left-hand navigation menu, so you can take a look and see what people are posting. Then, starting in Week 2, you'll be commenting on each other's blog posts too.

My comments. My goal this week is to comment on all the favorite places posts, and also to comment on as many of the Introduction posts as I can. I really enjoy getting to know everybody, and I hope these Orientation week posts will help you feel confident about blogging and ready for next week's assignments.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. From the class blog stream, here is a "favorite place" post that actually turned into a story of its own; you can learn all about the Giant's Causeway from Erica's blog post. The giant in question is Finn McCool, a.k.a. Fionn mac Cumhaill, who was quite the trickster, as well as being the builder of this bridge of stones:

Words from India. I'm really interested in the origins of words, especially English words that come from India. One of those words is "avatar" (it's a Sanskrit word) which is a "descent" of a divine being into an earthly form, which might be an animal or a human, or something in-between. The word avatar is very important for the Ramayana epic because the hero, Rama, is an avatar of the god Vishnu. Find out more here: AVATAR.

India Video: Yesterday I shared an introductory Crash Course Mythology video, and I wanted to follow up on that with a Crash Course video about Indian mythology: Indian Pantheons.

Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is: A serpent, unless it devours a serpent, will not become a dragon. Find out more at the Proverb Laboratory. This is originally a Latin proverb: Serpens, ni edat serpentem, draco non fiet.

Writing: And for another take on dragons, here's a Tom Robbins graphic from the Writing Laboratory: We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.

H.E.A.R.T.: As a follow-up to yesterday's video about Art in Bizzell, here are some more fun facts about the OU Libraries: 10 Things You Didn't Know about OU Libraries.

Video: As you ponder the creative dimensions of this class, I thought you might enjoy this video by a teacher I very much admire, John Spencer: A Bigger Definition of Creativity.

Event on Campus: Do you have artwork you would like to show? Check out this opportunity to share your work in the WGS Art Gallery; they are accepting submissions through Friday (submission form). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 17: #MuseumSelfieDay. This is one of my favorite Twitter events! Check out the Twitter stream today as people post pictures of themselves posing with art in museums around the world. Maybe you will want to drop by one of the museums at OU and take a selfie to share! Find out more at @MuseumSelfieDay. Here's a fun pose from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.


Well, we just got our schedule for OU Nightly for this semester and it came with some exciting, but shocking news. Turns out, I got a news brief on Wednesdays, and I couldn’t be more excited. I thought for sure I wouldn’t get anything because i’m only a freshman, and it’s unusual that a freshman would get anything, but I did it! This has given me so much excitement to work on OU Nightly and SportsPad, and has given me so much motivation for this major. I think I could actually be good at it, which is extremely exciting for me. I still don’t know how I was given a brief, and I still can’t believe i’m going to be on live television. But i’ll let you guys know how it goes.