Below is a brief description of how the overall attendance grade is
determined and how your participation and improvement affect your
overall grade. Policies for make ups and extra credit also are
described. If you're wondering what
general types of activities you can do for extra credit, that is
described below, too.
NOTE: THIS IS THE VERSION FOR 1140. IF I TEACH
2235 AGAIN, I'LL NEED TO CHANGE A FEW LITTLE THINGS
BACK--such as the "100-min. X," which will need
to be changed back to a 70-min. X. And if I use
this for Hum 1110, I'll need to add back in the
stuff about museums et al.
Basics of Attendance
Attendance is established mostly by your attendance on the
D2L discussion boards. There also are several times when you will, either
online or in physical meetings (your choice) attend such events as a
first-week meeting, plays/museum visits, and an end of semester individual
Remember that attendance is NOT homework. Homework is what
you email to me. Attendance, most of the time, means going on the D2L
discussion boards and interacting with others in the class by giving them
Remember, too, that this is a four-credit class
(not the normal three credits), and so the workload is 33% more than is
normally expected for a three-credit class. This applies to the total time
you spend both in attendance and homework. For attendance, the expected time
spent is the same as four 50-min. classes, or 200 minutes per week.
The grading for the semester is
based on 100 X's (100 points or 100%) being equal to an A+. The X's you
can earn are divided as follows:
(or points): weekly homework papers
(or more): attendance and/or extra credit
Participation, attitude, attention, hard work--can slightly lower or raise
final letter grade
earn X's by completing the work. In attendance, an "X" (or a "V")
is about 100 min. of work. The same is true for extra credit - about
min. of work per X. (In weekly homework, most assignments are worth 1 X
each, with a few being equal to 2 X's.) By the end of the term, your
total X's for attendance, extra credit, and homework will determine your grade as follows:
100 (or more) X's = A+
90-99 X's = A
80-89 X's = B
70-79 X's = C
60-69 X's = D
0-59 X's = F
Basically, you can determine your grade by how many X's you earn. The
method of doing well in this class is to earn as many X's as you can, depending
on what grade you want. 2009 was the first year in which I
have started using this system in online classes. However, I have used
this X's system of grading since 2006 in writing classes on campus, and
about 90-95% of students - once they get used to it - report by the end of
the term that they think it is a great system, one of the clearest and most
fair they have ever used, and they recommend I use it with future classes.
Anyone going 2+ weeks with no
attendance activity will be dropped from the class.
Make ups and Extra Credit: See below.
INVER HILLS ATTENDANCE POLICY AS OF 2012:
"Students are expected to attend all sessions of each class in
which they are enrolled. If an illness or emergency results in an absence,
students should meet with their instructors to determine if missed work can be
completed. A student may receive a course grade of FN or NC after two
consecutive weeks (or equivalent in accelerated courses/terms) of unexcused
absence at any time during the semester. Students who receive and FN grade may
request to have their grade changed to a W (withdraw) if done so by the course’s
withdrawal deadline. Class attendance is defined as being physically present in
the classroom. Online attendance is defined as having submitted an assignment,
taken a quiz, or posted/made a course content-related comment on the
discussion/chat board for the course in which the student is registered."
"Subpart A. Last date of attendance:
Instructors issue a grade of FN for students who never attend
class or stop coming to class. If a student misses two weeks of class (or
equivalent in accelerated courses/terms), instructors may report a last date of
attendance and issue a grade of FN. The FN grade is punitive because it counts
against both GPA and completion rate."
"Subpart B. Academic calendar:
PSEO students and students enrolled at other colleges must follow
the Inver Hills official academic calendar as it relates to their attendance and
registration at Inver Hills. Term breaks, holidays, and non-class days at other
institutions and vacations do not supersede the Inver Hills requirements or
Extra Credit and Make
If you are past the final due date for either attendance or
homework, you may, instead, make them up using extra credit. When you complete
make-ups, you are awarded X's as extra credit. Each X = 100 min. of time
spent. You also may earn extra credit anytime you want by completing extra work:
each 100 min. = 1 X.
Extra Credit/Make Up Options:
Always let me know when you are turning in extra credit/make up
work. Remember to tell me the source and how much time you spent both reading
and writing. You will get credit on the "Attendance" record--in the "Extra
Credit" section, for the number of minutes you worked.
Methods of Getting Extra Credit:
Get help about the course and writing the papers for it at the
Writing Center. Have a tutor send me an email stating how long you were
Write late homework assignments or D2L attendance. Let me know
how much time you spent writing (and reading, too, if that was part of it).
Read high-quality literature and write 200+ w. per 30 pp. (or
per 10 poems) about it. Let me know how much time you spent reading and
Attend a live literary play (which means almost anything at
college or professional theaters; ask me first if it's a high school
production). Write 200+ w. per hour of the actual play time; then tell me how
much time you spent watching, writing, and traveling to and from it (up to 60
Read other teaching/learning resources (web or print) that
describe how to read literature or write about it. Write 200+ w. per 30 pp. or
30 regular computer screens. Let me know how much time you spent reading and
See a literary video (1/2 credit only). A
literary video is, in this class, a video based fairly closely on a
recognized work of literature. For example, any Shakespeare video or ancient
Greek play in video form would be worth 1/2 credit. Write 200+ w. per hour of
viewing, and let me know how much time you spent in watching and writing--and
I'll give you 1/2 credit (For example, if you watch and write for 2 hrs.,
you'd get credit for 1 hr.).
What else does qualify as a literary
video? If it comes from a clearly literary reading and follows it closely,
then it can count. For example, movies can count that closely follow the
literary books Beowulf, Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, and the Harry
Potter/Hogwarts award-winning books. So can high quality children's literature
in a high quality movie that closely follows the book, such as Cat in the
Hat. All of these are worth 1/2 credit.
What does not qualify? Two
recent examples are two highly dramatized movies that do not closely
follow a highly literary book: 300, and Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Another example is Ghandi--while Ghandi might be an excellent movie, it
is not based on a highly literary book. Thus none of these examples are
worth any credit.
If in doubt, Google the video to see
if there is a corresponding work of literature it is made from. Then email me,
tell me what you found out, and ask me if it qualifies for 1/2 extra credit.
For very poor participation/improvement, you might
have up to one letter grade deducted from your final grade for the course. For
excellent to superior participation/improvement, you may have your letter grade
at the end of the course raised slightly, especially if it is one to three
points below the level for the next higher grade.
The most important thing you can do in this course
is to participate fully. Participating fully means much more than just
attending class and doing the assignments. It also means actively putting
your mind, heart, and guts into learning in this classroom. It means
talking, listening, responding, thinking beyond the text, and being interactive
with the instructor and other students. It means that if you find the
assignments easy, you still won't get a good grade unless you learn and
participate beyond what you now know. It also means that if you struggle
to do the assignments and have difficulty getting good grades in them, your
positive attitude and hard work might make a difference in grading.
Talking as an
reading: Developing an academic community--and maintaining a positive,
balanced, objective tone in class, emails, bulletin boards, and other
communication--is very important. To see more details about this, please
go to "Talking as an Academic
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