Finalizing All The Things

This is the post for the Monday, April 27, 2015 class meeting.

evil-plotting-raccoon-meme-generator-course-evaluation-day-finally-i-have-my-revenge-58b26eToday is our last day of class before the presentations, so there are several things to cover:

  • Evaluating the course
  • Preparing for your presentation
  • Turning in your remix
  • Finishing your blog posts
  • Completing your final exam

Evaluating the Course

Please take a few minutes to fill out the Student Perceptions of Teaching (SPOT) survey for this course. The feedback helps the department make important decisions about teaching methods, course content, and faculty promotion. Written comments help me decide what to keep or change the next time I teach the course. In many ways, I find the written comments the most helpful part of the evaluation. I do not see the feedback until after grades are submitted, and your comments are anonymous.

Preparing for Your Presentation

We talked about the information that should go into your oral presentation earlier this month. Email me the link to your presentation by midnight on the day before your presentation (no grace period) so that I can set up the post for class.

Turning in Your Remix

You need to provide three texts when you submit your Remix for a grade: (1) a link to your Remix project itself, (2) a link to any presentation materials you want me to review (e.g., your slides), (3) your reflection memo, which you will post in Scholar.

Your reflection memo is slightly different this time since your grade on this project is based on your participation. Review the information on Project Expectations, and write a memo that does the following:

  • Provides the link to your Remix project (and optionally, a link to the presentation).

  • Gives me a summary of the project’s rhetorical situation, using the questions on pp. 111–112 of Writer/Designer. Provide a SHORT explanation of your audience, purpose, and design choices. Aim for just a sentence or two to remind me of the context you are working in.

  • Explains how you have participated and shown effort as you worked on this project. Include concrete details that help demonstrate your point.

  • Shows me how you have taken risks, stretched yourself, and otherwise applied your best effort to learn and create as you worked on this project.

  • And if you are aiming for an exemplary grade, tells me whatever I need to know about how you have gone beyond satisfactory work and participation. Note that if you were not in class working diligently every class day, an exemplary grade is out of reach for you.

You must submit your remix by 11:55 PM on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. There is no grace period since I need to grade projects immediately. You may, of course, turn in your work earlier if you want.

Finishing Your Blog Posts

Be sure to write and publish a blog post for today with the usual headings: (1) What I Did, and (2) Why I Did It. Today, however, is the last day that you must post an entry. You should have 28 posts after today.

If you are still working on your project after today, you may continue to track what you did and why you did it in blog posts. This information will help you write the reflection that you submit with your project.

Taking the Final Exam

The final exam assignment is available under the Assignments tab here on the course website, and the exam is open in Scholar.

Your final is due, according to the university timetable, at the following time:

  1. CRN #13324 (10:10 MWF course): Due by 3:05 PM on Friday, May 8.
  2. CRN #20269 (11:15 MWF course): Due by 9:45 AM on Friday, May 8.

The Grace Period for both classes ends at 11:55 PM on Monday, May 11. Please be sure that your work is submitted by the end of the grace period so that I can calculate final grades.

If your work is not submitted by 11:55 PM on 5/11 and you have not made other arrangements, you will receive a zero.

Writing Schedule and Homework

  • Monday, 4/27:
    • Write a blog post with the usual headings: (1) What I Did, and (2) Why I Did It.
    • Check your grades in the gradebook. If you have a zero for any of the Projects, please fix it immediately by submitting your work. No late submissions for Projects 1, 2, or 3 will be accepted after 11:55 PM on Wednesday, April 29. After that date, the zero will stand.
  • Wednesday, 4/29 to Wednesday, 5/6: In-class presentations. Link to your presentation due by 11:55 PM the day before you present.

  • Wednesday, 5/6: Reflection Memo and Project 4 links due by 11:55.