Summer 2011

Course Projects & Grading

Online courses require more time, effort, follow-through, active problem solving, self discipline, and time management than face-to-face courses.

Almost all of the writing and designing you do in this course will be done collaboratively, in teams. Therefore, the most important resource we have in this course is each other. We will spend time discussing collaborative work and how to create and sustain productive online writing, design, and editing groups. Part of your own grade will be based on your contribution to your writing & design group, as well as your collegial and professional responsiveness to their feedback.

Projects & Grade Percentages

Assignment Due Grade Percentage
Acceptance Memo Week 1: Wed, 6/3
10% (Individual)
Course Survey Week 1: Thur, 6/4 10% (Individual)
Collaborative Protocols Week 2: Friday, 6/12 15% (Team-based)
Project Proposal Week 3: Friday, 6/19 10% (Team-based)
Project Reports/Logs Weekly, as assigned
25% (Individual)
Team Report Project Week 5: Wed, July 1 30% (Team-based)

Grading and Evaluation Criteria

All of the writing and document design you do in this class is evaluated with this criteria in mind:

Your ability to articulate an intended effect, and the steps taken to achieve that effect
Your attention to the rhetorical situation and your ability to adapt to multiple audiences
Your effective and appropriate use of visuals
Your ability to incorporate relevant and compelling research
Your ability to edit and revise page (or screen) layout and design

A the writing & design is exceptional. This is the kind of text that might  lead to promotions in the workplace. It is professional and reflects the designer’s careful consideration of audience and purpose. It contains all necessary information, is written in an appropriate and engaging style, is memorable, and its delivery is visually appealing. It is free of mechanical errors.

B the text is strong. It would be considered acceptable in the professional contexts. It too reflects consideration of the rhetorical situation. It is generally above average in terms of the criteria mentioned above, but falls short of excellent in one or more category. It is free of mechanical errors.

C the text is competent. It would probably be returned for revision in professional contexts. It is generally average in terms of the major criteria listed above. It  has few mechanical errors.

D the text is weak. It would probably get the designer into a bad situation in professional contexts. It falls below average in terms of one or more of the major criteria.

E Pink Slip

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