Monday, July 12, 2010

chapter notes and study guide

My notes are in the form of questions. This is to get you to think about what you are reading and look for important points - the answers to the questions. These are intended to guide your learning.

Your personal notes can be a summary of the text if that is what works for you.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Predicting consequences

There has been lots of discussion and some misunderstanding about predicting consequences. There is a difference between "predicting the future" and "predicting consequences".

Consequences - if this happens, then that might/should happen. It is about thinking ahead. Sometimes simple actions have important and often unintended consequences - good or bad.

In one student's example - predicting a car accident (a future event) is impossible. But if I am in a minor fender-bender car accident (both cars drivable), I need to check that no one was hurt, get to the side of the road safely and exchange driver, car and insurance information, and notify my insurance company. There are serious consequences for failing to do all of these things. All drivers should know this and be able to "predict the consequences" of their actions.

Would this keep you from driving? Probably not, but you understand that it is a possibility - there are consequences. If you never think about being in a car accident, you would have no idea what to do in that situation.

Thinking about the consequences does not mean you won't do something - just that you thought about it and made an informed decision. In fact, you may be encouraged to try new things as you see that the reward outweigh the risks so go ahead and just do it! That's the difference, and that's the point.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

discussion grading

Discussions have morphed from a course add-on to a major component of the course communication. Some discussion topics are "assignments" posted to the discussions so there is more visibility for your work and an opportunity for class discussion about important topics that are highlighted in your work.

There are multiple discussion topics within the Discussion forum for each module in the course. Your discussion participation grade for the week is the sum of the individual topic posting grades.
Each week, there are points for the quantity and quality of your posts. If you have participated in all the discussions as outlined in the Assignments, and your posts are on-time, thoughtful, and expressed in college level writing, your discussion participation grade for the week will be recorded as the maximum for the week's discussion participation.

As there are several ways to gain and deduct points, your total may be greater than the maximum, but you can't get more than the maximum. You will not get full points for any of the following reasons.
  • You do not include all the required elements
  • There are significant writing problems
  • The submissions are late
There are usually more points possible than the maximum recorded. This means that you could get full points, even though you missed some points in one or more of the discussion topics. And some posts are not graded, so even if you post in every topic, you may not get maximum points.
  • For example - if there are 4 topics in the forum and the total for the forum is 10, each discussion topic maximum may be 1-5 depending on the amount of work. If you contribute to all the topics you might have 3/10, 2/10, 4/10, and 3/10, the sum is 12 but your grade total for the forum will be 10/10 - the maximum.
This is a pretty general overview, so if you have specific questions about a discussion grade, please ask.