For your enjoyment and edification, the people who bring you this course proudly announce the launch of GeoQuiz!, a game the whole family can enjoy (well, most of it, anyway; some episodes may be a bit risqué.) It’s open to everyone, whether you are in Geog 101 or not. Here’s how it works.
How GeoQuiz! works
From time to time (every few days, sometimes for a few days in a row, or if the spirit moves your quizmaster, more than once in a single day) you will receive a Tweet (from @UMWGeog101) containing a question, often accompanied by a photograph or perhaps a web link. At about the same time, or maybe a few hours later, a post will appear here posing the same question (but usually without the photograph, which may be added after the quiz deadline has passed. This is because a) I want to persuade members of this class to follow my Twtter feed for this course (and more importantly try using Twitter,) and b) because I might be out and about when I see something interesting and decide to take a photograph and post a GeoQuiz! question of it from my phone before I forget.)
Your challenge, if you are willing to accept it, is to answer the question. But there’s more: the winner is not the first person to come up the the correct answer. Nor is the the correct answer in and of itself enough to win. Instead, the prize goes to the contestant who provides the most logical and persuasive explanation of how he or she came up with the answer. Having the right answer helps, but logical and persuasive explanation of how you reach your answer is more important. So it is quite likely that sometimes a person with a logically argued wrong answer may defeat one with a correct answer but an unconvincing explanation.
Request: If you recognize the location of a GeoQuiz! photo, don’t just post it. Instead, work backwards; explain how, if you didn’t know where this was, you could figure it out.
So be sure you’re watching those Tweets, have your geographic thinking cap on, and are up to the challenge! (If you’re not on Twitter and following @UMWGeog101, you will have a tough time participating.) Post your answers here as a comment following the appropriate GeoQuiz! question.
One extra credit point, added to the winner’s final grade for Geog 101. Since anyone can subscribe to @UMWGeog101′s Tweets, and anyone can post comments on the Geog 101 Website, it is quite possible that the best answer could come from someone who is not in this class. If this happens, the winner’s name will be posted on the course website, and the prize will be the warm glow of satisfaction that comes from being the best. If the winner has a blog site, web page, or Twitter account, if you I will throw in a free mention of your Twitter name and/or a link to your website.
48 hours after the GeoQuiz! tweet is sent. You may, if you wish, continue to post answers, comments, or thoughts after the deadline, although they won’t earn you the prize (your quizmaster will consider them, though, when assessing the Contribution portion of your grade.
The Big Announcement
Your quizmaster will deliver his judgement within 24 hours of the deadline by adding the announcement to the GeoQuiz! question. He will also explain his decision, and perhaps ramble on for a while (as is his wont) about it. You are welcome – indeed, encouraged – to add your by comments, complaints, and corrections l beneath the appropriate GeoQuiz! post.
Post them here, and your quizmaster and perhaps your fellow contestants will do their best to give you an answer.