Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Welcome to our Learning Community!

Hello first-year New Mexico Tech students!  Welcome to the blog of our Mechanical Engineering Learning Community.  We know you are excited to begin your first year at New Mexico Tech, and we are excited to have you as our students.

The classes that constitute your Learning Community are EDUC 101, ENGL 111, and MENG 110.  These classes will work in synchrony with each other this Fall semester and you will be a member of a cohort of students that will share these classes in common.  Also, some of your assignments from each of these courses will do double (or triple!) duty in these classes.  Each class has its own objectives as to what you will learn during the Fall semester, however, as components of the Learning Community, there are certain goals that all of the classes (and the instructors) share.  We hope to help you to acclimate to your new life as an NMT student and equip you with the writing, critical thinking, and college-life-awareness skills that will contribute to your success at NMT!  

Each of the Learning-Community-component classes (EDUC, ENGL, and MENG) will meet at a separate, designated time (as indicated by your schedule of classes).  These classes, and the student members, will function as a community, though -- that's the goal of our learning community!  The members of the Mechanical Engineering Learning Community (that's you, the students, and us, the instructors) will share this blog space, so feel free to visit this site in the weeks leading up the beginning of the semester.

Once our LC begins, we will use this blog space for required weekly "summary" postings, to which every student member of the LC will contribute.  What this means is that every weekend, you will need to write roughly six to ten sentences that summarize what you did in each of the LC classes the previous week (that's six to ten sentences total; you know, a small paragraph) and you will post that paragraph to our blog, as a comment!  Don't worry -- we'll discuss all of this during the first week of classes.

Enjoy your summer, and we look forward to meeting you in roughly a month!

-- Dr. Julianne Newmark
ENGL 111-MENG LC instructor