In order for this class to be productive you will need to come to class each and every day prepared to discuss the material. This requires more than simply doing the reading (WHICH IS ESSENTIAL), but arriving at class with a readiness to discuss the issues for that day. Despite the size of this class, it is my hope that we can have engaging and productive conversations. While I will lecture, it is expected that the class be interactive. In an effort to facilitate dialogue and to encourage collective interaction, I am requiring that you purchase a clicker for this class. Your attendance and clicker is the primary basis of your participation grade –academic misconduct as it relates to clicker and/or attendance sheet will result in a 10% reduction (or an entire letter grade) from overall grade.
Beyond attendance, your contributions/participation via clicker (about 80% of score), your participation score will also be derived from in-class participation and participating in online discussions, which consists of commenting on the course blog – on “Participation posts.”
Additionally, participation extends beyond clickers, attendance, and talking in-class and within online space but rather all the things you can do to enhance the course.
Recognizing that silence is not always a result of a lack of interest or preparation, I envision participation along many lines. Participating in class not only consists of talking, but also includes listening (please do not talk while others are speaking), interacting with your peers, and contributing to our classroom energy (body language, being engaged – no newspapers, no playing “rock, paper scissors,” or cell phones). Your participation score will consist of clicker points, attendance, and in-class/online participation.
There are four additional ways to enhance your participation grade and contribution to class:
- You can e-mail me comments or questions prior to class,
- You can hand me a note at the beginning of class that asks specific questions (or relays comments) about readings, a previous lecture or film – I will do my best to incorporate into that day’s class
- Coming to office hours
- You can also enhance participation grade by reading the daily newspapers in print or online and bringing the class’s attention to relevant articles/developments
- Lunching with DJL; come to discussion sessions
As noted above, participation score will be derived from participation in class/online, attendance, and clicker points.
Participation Portion of grades based on following:
145-160 Points: Attends class (less than 2 absences); active participant in class in all regards; enhances and invigorates the class; active and successful with student response device; active in online community
128-144.99 Points: Attends class regularly (less than 2 absences); uses i-clicker with great frequency; participates and contributes on occasion either in class or online
110-127.99 Points: 3-5 absences; low clicker score; contributes in-class and online with rarity
85-109.99 Points: 3-5 absences; low clicker score; doesn’t participate in class and online
50-84.99 Points: Rarely contributes, more than 5 absences and low clicker score; shows limited effort and interest in class
25-49.99 Points: Does not contribute, and is often absent; brings little energy and generally demonstrates little interest or effort within class
0-24.99 Points: Rarely in class and when in class detracts from overall success of class because of disinterest, use of cell phone in class, sleeping during class, disengagement, negative attitude rudeness, non or disruptive/destructive participation, etc.