Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I, 2020

Hello, Academic Writing I (AW1) students. Marc Sheffner here, your instructor for this semester. Friday 8th May will be our first “class”. This will be the first time for all of us to meet online using Microsoft Teams. 
You can contact me by leaving a message for me here on Teams, or by emailing me, Marc Sheffner or leaving a comment here on this blog.

Rules for our online classes on Teams:

1) before you join the class on Friday May 8th at 2:30 pm, please mute your mic and turn your video off. When I see that you want to join, I will let you into the “classroom”.
2) KPU has asked all teachers NOT to use video, so you will only hear my voice, no picture.
3) We will communicate by voice and by the chat window.
4) When you want to speak, first unmute your mic, then say your name and speak.
5) Or you can write in the chat window.
6) I will use the chat window to send you text information, e.g. URLs and documents.
7) There will be a live meeting (class) every Friday 2:30 – 4 p.m. Please login at that time.
8) Except for the first time (May 8th), you will be expected to have done the assignments BEFORE class. 
9) Deadline for assignments is Wednesday midnight. 

Today’s May 8th class

We will not be using the textbook today (Writers at Work: the Essay, by Dorothy Zemack. Amazon link: http://amzn.to/1k9wzGd )
1) Self-introduction by Sheffner
2) Self-introduction by each student using a) voice, then b) chat window
3) Explanation of some Teams functions (survey, calendar, etc)
4) Explanation and discussion about WebDisk – how to access Sheffner’s folder, how to download Sheffner’s documents and upload your homework assignments.
5) Explanation of class blog . You can use this as a backup to Teams and WebDisk for downloading files and communicating with me.
6) Explanation of assignments #1 and #2.

What is the meaning of “academic”? Where does this word come from and what was the original meaning? Please write your answer in a comment below. Thank you.

Update: Some students posted their comments on a different page. You can see them here: http://www.sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/kpu/about-page/


See the presentations below about Academic Writing. There are questions to answer at the end of each one. Write your answers to each presentation before looking at the next one. The 3 presentations will be posted on Webdisk and here on the blog after 4 pm today. Write your answers to the 3 presentation questions in ONE document, save your document as “AW1_Hmwk1_YourName” (replace “YourName” with your full name), and attach it to an email. The subject ( 件名) of the email should be the same as your document.

Please see this image for details of correct email format: https://www.sheffnersweb.net/blogs/classblogs/kpu/email-format/

In your email, please introduce yourself briefly and answer these questions:

  1. Do you have the textbook?
  2. What kind of device are you using to connect to Teams?
  3. Tell me something or somethings that you are not able to do now because of the state of emergency and corona virus pandemic.
  4. Tell me something new you have done recently.

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13 thoughts on “Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing I, 2020”

  1. The word “academy” is from the building(or facility?) made by Plato. This is Platonic Academy and it was famous for study and school. So people started to call school academy.
    And acdemic is from acadey.

  2. Word, Academic means not practical. It is theoretical interest.
    I heard Academic came from Akademeia, which is related to Plato.

  3. the word academic means involving a lot of reading and studying rather than practical or technical skills.

    the word comes from the name of a place in northwest Athens, ancient Greece. Plato establish school at the location, its the first that the word academic is used for the meaning connected with education.

  4. “Academic” means “relating to education and scholarship”. This word comes from the school name, Akademeia established by Plato. It was named after Academus, who appears in Greek mythology.

  5. From Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, one of the meaning of the word is involving a lot of reading and studying rather than practical or technical skills.
    The origin of the word is Akademeia which is a school in ancient Greek.

  6. The word Academic means that a person is interested in or excelling at scholarly pursuits and activities.
    The origin of that is the place to study called academia found by Platon. Many scholars studied about many fields.

  7. “Academic” means “relating to education ,especially at college or university level”
    “Academic” comes from the school built in ancient Greece, “Alademeia”.

  8. The meaning is relating to schools, colleges, and universities, or connected with studying and thinking, not with practical skills.
    It comes from the name of the school “academia” founded by Plato.

  9. Academic means that something is related to education and the level is as high as university or college level. The origin of this word is Akademeia, the name of the school founded by Plato in ancient Greece.

  10. The word “academic” came from “akademic.” It is a school which is established by Plato, who is a philosopher in ancient Greece. It means something relating to education, especially at school.

  11. Academic means being connected education, esupecially studying scools and universities.

    The word came from ‘Akademia’, which indicated ancient Greek educational institution

  12. Academic′s meaning is that good at subjects involving a lot of reading and studying.
    The originally meaning of academic is Akademia which is Greek school.

  13. It is equal to “scholarly”. In detail, it is deeply related to education.
    The word of it came from ancient Greek school. That’s name is “academia”. It was built by Plato who was a philosopher.

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