Expectations and Grading
Required and Recommended Texts
|I do not plan to have exams for evaluation. Instead, evaluations will be based on weekly assignments, your creation of a WWW-based portfolio, and your final project. Each of these is explained below.
WWW-BASED PORTFOLIO (15% of your grade): You will be expected to create and maintain a WWW-based electronic portfolio that documents your progress in this course. By the end of class, your portfolio will contain an online resume, you weekly assignments in the class, and your final project. The design and format for your portfolio is completely up to you. One reason why you do electronic portfolios is to give you some practical experience with designing and using the web to communicate. Note, that other students (and people you do not know) will be able to access your portfolio.
Weekly Homework (55% of your grade). Weekly homework will usually consist of some assigned reading (I'm still trying to gather resources and identify a textbook) and an assigned essay that will typically asks you evaluate an educational technology. The goal of these essays is to learn to critically evaluate the potential benefits and pitfalls of using technology in education. You'll be typically asked to write 2-3 pages that address the following questions about the technology:
You should address each question directly in your essay. Good grades are assigned to essays that are thoughtful, reflective, and complete. See the Essay on Teleweb as an example.
Final Project (30%): Students will work alone or in pairs to study an educational use of technology. Students will propose their group compositions and topics of study. Students will turn in their projects (typically a 15 page paper), and present their work to the class in the final two weeks of class.
Weekly Attendance: In general, the weekly assignments are related to what happens during classroom activities. Therefore, it is important that you attend all the classes. If you miss more than one week without a good excuse, your grade will be reduced by half of a letter grade for each additional absence.