Finalizing All The Things

This is the post for the December 1, 2014 class meeting.

Course Evaluation Day! Finally I have my revenge!Today 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

I will allow time at the end of today’s session for you 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 January (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 before Thanksgiving break.

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

Your reflection memo is slightly different this time since part of your goal will be some self-analysis of your project and an explanation of the effort and risk you put into the work. Review the information on Project Expectations on the assignment page, 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.

  • Tells me whatever I need to know about how you have gone beyond average work and participation.

  • Tells me if I can use your project(s) as example(s) in the future.

You must submit your remix by 11:55 PM on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. There is no grace period since I need to get things graded 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 that talks about what you have accomplished since your last post and why you did what you did. Today, however, is the last day that you must post an entry. I will use the posts, attendance, and other factors to determine the participation portion of your grade.

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 exam revision plan is due by 3:05 PM on Friday, December 12. Your grace period ends at 11:55 PM on Monday, December 15. If your work is not submitted by 11:55 on 12/15, you will receive a zero.