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I spent a good chunk of the day writing a syllabus for a hypothetical class that I would like to teach some day instead of grading quizzes for the actual current class that I'm a reader/grader for. Sigh.

On the up side, I've got a full syllabus drawn up for a course on digital humanities (extendabe into digital projects in other fields too) that teaches Racket and Scribble, the command line, version control, and licensing to non programmers & culminating in creating their own digital projects

It includes extra credit if their final project contributes to an existing community outreach group, FOSS project, or to OER or the academic commons

@mlemweb I had that in my syllabus when I was teaching. Students could get extra credit for participating in a variety of ways. I put a cap on the extra credit, but only had one student come close to hitting that.

@lufthans But man I'm sure you were so happy with that one student :)

@mlemweb Yeah, he was a sleeper agent. Turned out he helped put on a small, targeted tech conference.

Overall the credits led to some good conversations and awareness for my students

@mlemweb
I wanna take your class!

And I also wanna help teach it.

@JimG We just need to find a university to hire us to teach it ;)

@mlemweb @JimG
Have you considered teaching it online? Through Harvard Extension or a writing workshop like Grub St. in Boston?

@Betsy24 @JimG We've considered filming the workshop length tutorials and posting them online. To teach it online we'd still need a university to go through. While we've gotten positive responses to our workshop, I'm afraid that the audience for workshops wouldn't stick it out for a 10 week course. I'm just starting on this though, so we'll see where it takes me :)

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