his lesson plan outlines a workshop on giving seminar presentations. The workshop was conducted in Mia Minnes’ Undergraduate Seminar in Logic at M.I.T. after each student had presented to the class once. The workshop included a discussion of the students’ experiences presenting, two sample presentations given by the instructor to illustrate common pitfalls and how to avoid them, a discussion of the rhetorical differences between seminar presentations and class lectures, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of presentation (slides, board, overhead).

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This assignment asks students to assess their participation in class over the course of the semester, supplying themselves with both a grade and comments. The self assessment is guided with five questions. Written by Mia Minnes for her Undergraduate Seminar in Logic at M.I.T.

Read more →This assignment for a term paper asks students to propose a topic, list at least two sources, and provide an outline of the paper. Included in the assignment is a list of suggested term paper topics related to the focus of the undergraduate seminar: Kolmogorov complexity and algorithmic randomness. From Mia Minnes’ Undergraduate Seminar in Logic at M.I.T.

Read more →This peer critique assignment guides readers through the entire peer critique process: requesting specific feedback from peers, providing feedback to peers–including a summary comment and supporting constructive and positive comments, including the received critique with the revised paper, and a rubric that will be used to grade the peer critique. From Mia Minnes’ Undergraduate Seminar in Logic at M.I.T.

Read more →This lesson plan and handout are for an 80-minute workshop to prepare students to write their term papers. During the workshop, an instructor provides guidance for choosing an appropriate focus for the paper (counterexample: “Everything I know about the Island of Corsica”); students talk with classmates to focus their topics; and the class discusses rhetorical differences among papers, presentations, and psets; the writing in two versions of the same paragraph; the structure of a paper; LaTeX; and acknowledging sources. From Mia Minnes’ Undergraduate Seminar in Logic.

Read more →This syllabus describes Mia Minnes’ Undergraduate Seminar in Mathematical Logic, in which students give the lectures. The topic of the seminar was Kolmogorov complexity and algorithmic randomness.

Read more →In this undergraduate seminar at M.I.T., students present and discuss the subject matter taken from current journals or books. Topics vary from year to year. Instruction and practice in written and oral communication are provided. Enrollment is limited to 12. This term’s topic: Kolmogorov complexity and algorithmic randomness Algorithmic Randomness describes what it means for a string of bits to be random using notions from computability theory, information theory, and probability theory. The Kolmogorov Complexity of a string is its intrinsic information and is defined in terms of incompressibility. This seminar will explore these important notions and their applications. Possible

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