Grading Abstracts

Although I skimmed many of the abstracts as they were published, I’ll begin actual grading tonight. I’ll do my best to get 5-10 abstracts graded each day. You’ll see a comment on the abstract post from me, as well as your grade in the Blackboard Gradebook. 

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Great work during Wednesday’s class

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Wow. Just wanted to thank everyone for some great work during Wednesday’s class! You clearly came through with reading Chapter 8 (yes, it was a longer chapter) and you did very well with the writing prompts. I was impressed by your responses both during class discussion and in your Google Docs. I hope this was helpful in starting to make connections with the reading and what’s in Assignment 3.

Also, I hope you’re starting to see what’s expected in terms of depth in this assignment. Don’t over think it. Simply focus on the elements I’ve asked you to include and think about how you can best demonstrate your understanding in an effective, concise manner. It doesn’t matter if you choose to be simple and minimalistic or creative and audacious so long as you focus on quality rather than quantity of detail. Don’t forget to have a bit of fun with this assignment and realize that you’re learning how to use a new tool that may be very beneficial to you later on beyond this class (I hope, at least). Of course, I’m happy to meet with you individually to review before the deadline, or send me a link via email to your work-in-progress.

As we agreed during class, I will invite the 3 to 5 students who earned the highest grades in each section to present their Prezi presentations to the class (likely after Spring Break). Nothing formal or required; instead, simply a fun opportunity to show off your ideas! Also, these students earn the the prize of opting out of a future quiz (or to drop their lowest quiz grade).

Another idea: Would you be interested in an extra credit opportunity based on class voting of your Prezi presentation? The way this would work would be by checking the “Show likes on this post” box that is available toward the bottom of a New Post page. When you publish your Assignment 3 post, your peers can then view your Prezi and, if they choose, “like” your post. The students with the most “likes” from their peers will receive 5 or 10 points extra credit (TBD).

A winning idea? Let me know.

Assignment 3: Alternate Technologies

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Assignment 3 is due March 1 by 11:55pm

This is an individual assignment worth 100 points. You may of course share ideas with your group members and other classmates, but ultimately, you are responsible for publishing to your individual blog a new post with the following elements:

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Assignment 1 Evaluation Forms – Updated

Click the link below to do your audience evaluation (ODU Google Docs login req’d)

Assignment 1 Audience Evaluation Form

I will share with each group the aggregated audience evaluations by class on Monday.

Update 2.10.12

Click the link below to do your self / peer evaluation (ODU Google Docs login req’d)

Assignment 1 Self / Peer Evaluation Form

Please complete this evaluation by class on Monday. I will enter final grades for Assignment 1 then.