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English 123, Section 951 Policies and Course Information Office hours will be Tuesday from 11:00-12:00 and Thursday from 11:00-12:00 and 5:00-6:00. My office is in Greenlaw Hall, room 533. My office phone is 962-8480. I can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. Most of the course information and activities will play out at http://teachmix.com/itsfiction. Consult the site regularly for important tasks and to participate. Assignments You will complete five major assignments Playlist Collage Annotation Assignment Video Podcast(s) In addition a number of smaller projects will be assigned throughout the semester, items like blog postings, research, and group activities. Participation A good deal of activity will take place through our class blog. You will be required to make at least three postings per week, though you likely will post more. Your postings can either be responses to readings or to the projects of your classmates. At points throughout the semester you will write a brief reflection on your postings. You will also be required to work in groups during the term to submit regular class activities. Reading Podcasts On each day that a reading is assigned you will be responsible for coming to class prepared to discuss the material. At the beginning of each class three names will be drawn randomly and those three class members will give an introductory podcast discussion of the assigned reading. You will be allowed one pass during the semester—you can use this pass to get out of one podcast. Grading We will use portfolio grading, meaning you will revise your work throughout the semester and submit it for evaluation at the mid- term and at the end of the semester. We will also have lots of opportunities to get feedback on projects throughout the term. In addition to submitting the portfolio for evaluation for a grade, to receive credit for the class you must fulfill all the criteria of the major and minor assignments. This will sometimes include drafts and review activities. Make three participation postings per week and complete readings, podcasts, and group activities. You must also attend on time all of the class meetings and participate in class. (If you miss more than three classes or are late more than three times, you will not meet the attendance requirements and your grade may be lowered.) Your portfolio will give you a chance to demonstrate that all of your activities represent learning, effort, growth, and work of the highest quality. You will also make additional revisions to your projects as you collect them for the portfolios. Your final grade will be based on meeting all of the requirements in the course and on the work represented in your portfolios. Policies Computer Use Policy: You will be asked to use computers in and out of class to conduct activities in this course. You must allow time and seek assistance for any technical issues that arise when completing computer-based activities (information and technical assistance are available at http://help.unc.edu or 962-HELP). You will need to backup your materials regularly and ensure that you have access to a working computer. You should also be aware that electronic class activities can be public in nature. The work that you conduct may reside on computer networks and may be viewed by an unknown audience. I will ask you to sign a permission form indicating that your work may be shared electronically or used for publishing and research. You must also observe appropriate behavior during all computer-based activities related to this class. Students must act with respect and responsibility. Engaging in activities deemed to be offensive or inappropriate will be considered violations of the UNC Honor Code and will result in a failing grade for any related assignments. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Late arrivals may be prevented from adding their name to the daily attendance sheet. If you miss more than three class periods, you will not be eligible to receive an A in the course and your grade will be lowered based on the number of absences you have. Plagiarism and Originality: Any student found plagiarizing work in this course will be considered in violation of the UNC Honor Code and the case will be forwarded to the Honor Court.
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