Course Forum - Registration

Dear Students,

I'm glad you are registering for my custom course forum. I've spent many years developing online teaching methods to help you more meaningfully engage with the course material. It is required for all my courses and soon you will be able to access a powerful knowledgebase for your course. Keep in mind, once you register, I will manually send you a confirmation, so be patient. It may take a few hours. Generally I approve your registration right away. Here's the deal, using this course forum.

This forum is part of my teaching methodology, my pedagogy, and is assertion of your instructor's 'academic freedom' to challenge you and promote your process of discovery and learning. The structure and organization of the forum has been developed over the past 30 years, and if you haven't worked with an Internet forum before, it's highly likely that at some point in your lifelong learning you will come in contact with an internet forum dedicated to your specific interests, whether for a career, profession, academic pursuit, or just recreation.

You agree to abide by the 'code of conduct' and policies put forth in the student handbook of your institution. Further, you agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws.

My pedagogy requires that your information and data remains private and yours. I do not own any data you post or contribute to this course forum. You own it and you control it, solely.

I, as your instructor, will do my best to make sure that you are engaged and I will challenge you to improve as a student and as a community member of this learning forum.

John Cage and Sister Corita Kent wrote 10 Rules to follow. These are the additional rules of this forum that I've adopted.

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student — pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher — pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.

(Forum Sage)