Participation in class discussion is crucial to student learning. It facilitates the generation of ideas for research and deepens our understanding of the theories and evidence presented in the readings and our observations made through community-based learning. Each and every student is expected to contribute regularly and meaningfully to the class’s analysis and discussion of the day’s lesson.
The objective of every class meeting, regardless of the substantive topic we cover, is to organize the scholarly literature; to generate questions for research, paper-writing, and further discussion; and to critique academic theory against our real-world experiences and observations.
When assessing participation, generally, I divide students into three groups. Those who demonstrate knowledge of the material by contributing meaningfully and regularly every class, by raising questions for consideration, and by drawing connections between the readings will receive an A. Those attend class by contribute less frequently or are less analytically rigorous in their discussion of the course themes will receive a B or C, depending on the quality of their contributions. Students who miss class and, when present, do not share ideas in class can expect a D or F for participation.
But on-line participation through the blog also counts. You get credit when you comment on other students’ posts and when your own posts foster a discussion.
I will post to Blackboard a tentative grade for discussion every other week or so, so that you can evaluate your progress throughout the semester.
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