Relevant Course Outcome
  • Students will be able to develop and support insights effectively through written and oral communication.

Additional Assignment Outcome
  • Students will be able to demonstrate participation in, accountability for, and responsibility for own learning.



From syllabus:
Professionalism (participation, discussion, Facebook group, attendance, group work, class preparation, etc.): 10%

Since it is necessary to attend class in order to receive instruction and participate, attendance will be noted. You have 3 absences – excused or unexcused – to use as you see fit. Suggestion: “spend” them wisely. 2 late arrivals will count as 1 absence. More than 3 absences will cost 1 letter grade per absence. 6 absences will result in FAILURE of the course. Students are responsible for signing themselves in each class period. Students who must miss a number of classes or who have a conflict with the final exam due to extenuating circumstances should contact the Dean’s Office (Sanders 204; 978-665-3130) and ask them to issue formal notification to all instructors regarding the absence. Students are responsible for all work despite any missed classes.
*Students may, if they choose and as a courtesy, inform me of impending absences that fall into the above category. However, I will not always reply unless there is a question or concern to be addressed.*

While including attendance in class, this part of the final grade will involve participation in discussion and preparation of assigned materials, including readings and written responses. In order to participate in class and earn the participation grade, you must be fully prepared, engaged (which includes using laptops, etc., appropriately during class time – also, besides laptops, please turn off all electronic devices, especially cell phones and iPods, during class), present a positive attitude, and contribute to class.

Cell Phones, iPods, Other Electronic Devices

Besides laptops (or equivalent), please turn off all electronic devices, especially cell phones and iPods, during class. Laptops (or equivalent) will be needed regularly; however, it is expected that all activity on laptops will be focused on the class.


Assignment Rubric:
Criteria
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Time Management
On time and/or meets all deadlines; well prepared and organized
A few tardies and/or meets most deadlines; typically organized and prepared
Often late and /or inconsistent with deadlines; at times unprepared and disorganized
Frequently late and/or misses deadlines; consistently unprepared and disorganized
Participation
Engaged and focused; consistently volunteers relevant comments and questions; takes an active role in group work and fully participates during each session; frequently participates in Facebook group
Periodically offers comments and responds thoughtfully when called upon; displays a willingness to be involved in group work and participates often; often participates in Facebook group
Responds only when called on; responses may lack detail; lacks involvement in group work and rarely participates; rarely participates in Facebook group unless directed to do so
Reluctant responses or no responses; does not participate in group work; never participates in Facebook group
Accountability
Takes responsibility for academic progress; consistently turns in carefully completed, well-presented work
Takes some responsibility for academic progress; most work completed carefully and well-presented
Takes limited responsibility for academic progress, sometimes illustrates careless work completion and presentation
Unaware of own academic progress; often turns in incomplete and poorly presented work
Responsbility
Consistently prepared with a writing utensil/notebook and/or laptop/other electronic device; activity on laptop/other electronic devices consistently focused on class; consistently has assigned readings (textbook, digital, or print outs) available for class without being asked
May forget a writing utensil/notebook and/or laptop/other electronic device on rare occasions; activity on laptop/other electronic devices mostly focused on class;
mostly has assigned readings (textbook, digital, or print outs) available for class, may need prompting
Rarely has a writing utensil/notebook and/or laptop/other electronic device; activity on laptop/other electronic devices often not focused on class; often does not have assigned readings (textbook, digital, or print outs) available for class and/or requires prompting to have ready
Consistently unprepared for class; activity on laptop/other electronic devices frequently not focused on class; does not have assigned readings (textbook, digital, or print outs) available for class
Conduct
Focused on the learning process: ethical, conscientious, and respectful conduct and communication
Neutral, non-disruptive presence; respectful of learning environment
Behavior shows lack of attention (doing other work, sleeping, leaving class repeatedly, etc.)
Exhibits disruptive and/or disrespectful behavior