Course Information

Course Content

"Elements of Culture"

Tests & Team Activities

Practice Research

Practice Instuctionss

Extra Credit



EB = Encyclopedia Britannica (on-line)

PPT = "PowerPoint Slides" (click to view)

TRA = "Team Readiness Assessment"

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From this unit onward, all readings in this schedule must be completed by the day under which they are listed. This requirement is assessed via TRAs, homework and End-of-Unit Challenges throughout the semester.

CAUTION: I reserve the right to make revisions to on-line materials prior to their discussion in class at the relevant point in the semester. Therefore WAIT until that time to print out materials you wish to have on hand, such as terms, excerpts and assignment guidelines.

--> Accessing the Readings

Asia, Cultural History, & Team-Based Learning

Dates Tasks


Wed, Sep 3

personal introductions & open inquiry: "what is learning?"

review of this course content site

  • locate and explore this course content site
    (congrats on finding it!)
  • purchase course reader or books (see "Sources")
  • check out (Sringeri Multi-Media Archive)
Mon, Sep 8

"Start of Term Survey"

(1) review of personal learning goals & collection of individual student details for team formation

(2) take trial Team Readiness Assessment (TRA)
individually & in groups

(3) (dis-)orientation to Introductory Scenario & Reading Guide

& review homework for trial Application Exercise

(use optional homework worksheet if helpful: PDF | MS Word)

(1) PRINT question #7-13 from "Start of Term Survey"

and ***BRING TO CLASS***

(2) STUDY key concepts in these overviews for the trial TRA:

(3) OPTIONAL--> READ the Introductory Scenario & BROWSE on-line information regarding Hmong shamanic traditions:

Mon, Sep 15

form teams

trial Application Exercise (ApEx),
parts I & II

Q & A re: homework for the Application Exercise

LOCATE examples from these **ONLINE** primary sources (click links below to access and use the introductory Reading Guide to get oriented) to address the Scenario Homework:

Wed, Sep 17

trial End-of-Unit Challenge

  • 10 multiple choice questions
  • culminating team activity

REVIEW & STUDY TERMS & EXCERPTS from the Reading Guide in the **ONLINE** primary sources (click links below to access) for the trial End-of-Unit Challenge:

STUDY TERMS marked with asterisks (*) in the reading guide using these **ONLINE** EB & course overviews (click links below to access):

WARNING: make sure that you use these links to access EB; going through the library's database page may lead to different material, which will likely confuse you when preparing for TRA.

CONSIDER additional materials for OPTIONAL trial Extra Credit (*20 points*)

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