Well, right after the assistants materialized they evaporated due to some unfortunate economic news, so I’m back where I was without an assistant. But no matter… I had already decided that I was going to start classes, so I’m moving forward with the plans.
To get things started, I’m going to hold a series of meetings at different times throughout the week of April 19-26 and invite everyone who has indicated an interest in participating in the college as a student (co-learner) to attend one of them. In the meeting I’ll have a discussion with them to make sure everyone fully understands what the college is about, and also understands that they’ll have a responsibility to the other people with whom—and from whom—they will be learning. I’ll collect their schedules and ask them to estimate the amount of time they can commit to their education each week, then divide them accordingly into two peer groups. I’ll also hand out the first textbook, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and go ahead and briefly begin reading and discussing it with them.
I’ll also be collecting information from them about what they expect from their education—asking them what it means to them to achieve a high-quality education. This information can then be used by them to assess their own progress, and for the college to use for external assessment during the accreditation process.
Currently there are five meetings scheduled:
- Mon, April 20, 8pm, Phoenixville Civic Center, 123 Main St
- Tue, April 21, 7pm, St. John’s United Church of Christ, 315 Gay St (This is a regular Diversity in Action meeting)
- Wed, April 22, 5:30pm, Wolfgang Books, 237 Bridge Street 2nd Floor
- Thu, April 23, 1pm, Steel City Coffee House, 203 Bridge Street
- Fri, April 24, 2pm, Artisans Gallery and Cafe, 236 Bridge Street
This list will be updated as more meetings are added. Please feel free to attend, and please pass the word along to anyone else who may be interested!