This is the post for the week of November 15, 2016.
Connecting with Your Writing Group
We have only 12 class days left in the semester, so the time to get feedback and help from your group is quickly coming to an end. Ideally, you will have drafts of your remaining work to post this week in the 11/15 Group Discussion. Be sure to provide feedback on these drafts to your group members before you leave for Thanksgiving break so that you can work during break if desired.
Unsure Whether to Participate in Optional Discussions?
The optional discussions (listed in the Nov 1 post) contribute to your Participation grade. Look at the Participation Log you set up the week of September 6. Your goals are listed on each tab (e.g., 10 class contributions, 10 small group contributions).
If you do not have enough evidence of participation or of a particular kind of participation, you can contribute to the optional discussions to improve your participation in the course. The end of the grace period for all optional discussion posts is Friday, November 18.
How Participation Grades Will Appear in Canvas
You will propose the grade you should receive for the participation portion of your course grade in your Final Exam. To support your proposal, you can use the information in your Participation Log and your Discussion Posts.
The current course grades in Canvas are not accurate, since you will propose the Participation grade. You can see the categories that contribute to your grade in the Grades section of Canvas. After the last day of classes, the weights for these categories will change in Canvas in these ways:
The Participation Evidence category of your course grade will switch from 15% to 0%. All of the information for the Participation Artifacts will still be available in Canvas, but they will no longer contribute to your course grade.
The Participation category of your course grade will switch from 0% to 15%. The final exam is the only assignment in this category. I will read the proposal that you make in your final, and assign a grade based on how realistic* and convincing you are as well as how well written your proposal is.
To be realistic, you need to look at your participation as a teacher would. For instance, everyone misses an activity, but if you have missed a number of activities, you are not doing A work on the participation portion of your grade. Likewise, A-level participation is consistent, taking place across the entire semester. If your activities were only in the last weeks of class, you are not doing A work on the participation portion of your grade.
Continue Work on Your Projects
Continue work on your projects, following the schedule you set in your Coursework Proposal.
- Follow the project submissions instructions, if you are ready to submitting one of your remaining major projects.
- All your work is ultimately due by November 30, with a grace period that ends on December 7 (the last day of classes).
- I encourage you to turn your work in earlier, so that you can revise if you need to.
- Note that I do not grade projects during Thanksgiving Break.
Calendar for the Rest of the Term
|Day||Date||What’s left to do?|
|Tu||Nov 15||Post your group discussion during the week, according to the schedule on the Writing Groups page.|
|Tu||Nov 29||Post your group discussion during the week, according to the schedule on the Writing Groups page.|
|W||Nov 30||Major Projects due at 11:59 PM. Follow the project submissions instructions.|
|W||Dec 7||End of the grace period for remaining Major Projects at 11:59 PM. Follow the project submissions instructions.|
|M||Dec 12||Final Exam: Completion Report Assignment due by 11:59 PM. No grace period.|