Your Name's ELT Three Semester Review

Due Date: December 9, 2008 [and don't forget to delete this line!!]

This assignment is to summarize your experience in ELT so far. It should hit all the points listed below, but feel free to express this in your own style. After all, it is YOUR experience you are writing about!

Your report should be a website, linked to your main page, of approximately 1200-1500 words length (longer if necessary). Please respond to the prompts below. If you wish to add additional material, however, go ahead. And don't forget the grading template as a review of the sort of things we look for in evaluating a web-based project.

The Topic:
Over the last three semesters, we have examined how the scientific understanding of the physical world and its living components (including our own species, our behavior, and our society) is more completely comprehended when we take into account time (whether the "deep time" of evolution and geology, or the smaller scale of human history). How has your experience as an Earth, Life & Time Scholar helped in this understanding that you would not have received if you were not in ELT?

Cite at least three (3) specific items total from among the following in your report. These items may be from any of your three semesters in the program. For the record, you should state which semester that field trip, project, reading, or lecture/discussion was in:

Also, cite at least two (2) specific items from classes, which are ELT requirements or supporting courses, but which are not CPSP classes that additionally support your thesis.

Additionally, discuss how your learning was improved or enhanced by interacting (in or out of class) with one or more fellow ELT Scholars. Please use particular examples of how being in this living-learning community actually aided in learning (or, if it did not aid in learning, indicate such).

ELT aims to encourage active contribution on the part of students, either in specific academic situations (e.g., Colloquium discussions and projects; field trip activities; etc.) or as part of the larger Scholars community. To what degree do you think you have personally contributed to ELT, giving particular examples?

Furthermore, discuss to what degree (if any) being in Scholars brought you in contact with people or concepts that challenged previous beliefs or opinions you had (either concerning the academic material of the program or other personal issues in your life). [Please note: a challenge is not necessarily a contradiction! Consider a "challenge" as any situation that caused you to examine or reflect on a belief or opinion that you already had.] If you did encounter challenges to previous beliefs or opinions, how did you respond?

Finally, how do you think your Scholars experience might inform your future? Are there particular lessons, methods, events, or other apsects of your time in ELT that you expect to draw upon as a junior and senior? In post-undergraduate education (if any)? In your professional career? [Obviously this is just speculation on your part; it is often the case that it is only in hindsight that we discover what was really our most important or formative experiences!]

[A FINAL NOTE: We do recognize the end of the semester is often a time when many high point value projects become due in all your courses, but we really hope that you will put serious thought and reflection into this Three Semester Review. We hope that it will help you think of ELT as a single entity instead of a series of courses. Additionally, the faculty uses your comments in our assessment of how effectively we are achieving the goals of the program, and where it needs to be tweaked and modified.]

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