Instructor: Aleksi Aaltonen, Section 002

Participation

This course applies a co-creation approach which relies on your active participation both in-class and online. This means that you…

  1. Review the assigned materials and comment on how it relates to learning objectives and your personal experiences.
  2. Bring in new content and persuade others on why it is relevant.
  3. Critically evaluate content and comments so that we develop a better shared understanding of the value and relevance of the material.

Class participation is mandatory

You are expected to attend every time we have a class meeting. However, we do not meet every time there is a scheduled weekly session – see course schedule for more information.

Job interviews and work conflicts are NOT acceptable reasons for missing a class.

Preparing for a class

Read the material prior to each class so you can respond to the following:

  1. What are one or two key points you took away from each assigned reading?
  2. What are one or two summary points you learned from the set of readings of the session?
  3. If you were facilitating today’s discussion, what question would you ask your fellow classmates?

We will start each session with the above opening questions. I will ask for volunteers but I may also call on people at random. To earn full credit for participation, you should be prepared to give thoughtful answers that reflect your own ideas as well as the assigned materials. An additional important aspect of class participation is completion of in-class assignments and contribution to break-out group activities.

Grading

Plan on making a substantive contribution to the class discussion a minimum of 6 times during the term. About 1/4 of the grade is for meeting the quantity guideline. The remaining 3/4 grade is for quality of participation. Quality is more important than frequency. Quality means having the courage to form and express a reasoned opinion. It does not matter if you are right or wrong – it is the process of reasoning that is valuable.

All students start with a “C” for participation and depending on the frequency and quality of participation, the grade will increase or decrease.

Online participation

A key approach to facilitate learning is to co-create content with the instructor and actively engage on an equal footing with others. As part of this, you need to:

Author 3 new posts relevant to the class that are spaced evenly across the semester (see schedule).

  • Write about a paragraph per post. The post should be readable in one “screen.”
  • Apply class concepts, terms, and theories in your posts.
  • Ask questions, propose new ideas, provide explanations and examples backed by analysis. Do not post stream of consciousness or simply recount and summarize news releases.
  • Include a picture or some kind of visual if possible. It will grab the reader’s attention. To add an image, use ImageInject, start a new post and scroll down until you see the ImageInject box.
  • Don’t post copyrighted material – however, it is acceptable to paraphrase the material and link to the original source.
  • Follow the posting schedule or you will not receive credit. You must complete the participation requirement to receive a grade for the course.

Comment on 6 existing posts to provide thoughtful critique or added insights.

  • Respond to a discussion question with your own analysis.
  • Don’t agree (or disagree) without providing a reason.
  • Provide additional examples to illustrate your argument.
  • Question the logic and analysis of the post.
  • Again, follow the posting schedule or you will not receive credit. You must complete the participation requirement to receive a grade for the course.

Grading

At the end of the term, the instructor will count and review every post and comment. About 1/4 of the grade is for meeting the quantity guidelines above. The remaining 3/4 grade is for the quality of participation. Quality is judged by the depth and insights of the posts and comments and the quality of the interaction your posts receive from other students.

How to post and comment

Check your access

  • All students have ‘student’ level access to the class site. This means that you can post and edit new content on the class site.
  • To confirm correct access, log-in to Community by clicking on log-in above and to the right (use the Temple AccessNet id and password).
  • At the top of this site, you should see your name listed under Blog Authors. If you don’t see your name, contact the instructor.

To add a new post

  1. Log-in to Community and navigate to the class site.
  2. At the top of the screen, hover over New and then click Post.
  3. Start typing your post.
  4. Use a descriptive title – this is important if you want to encourage people to read your post – think of a newspaper style headline.
  5. Select the Student category on the right (this will allow the instructor to find your posts later). Do not add new categories.
  6. Select or create new tags. Categories are for the kind of post you are making – tags are for the actual content of your post. They are similar to keywords. The tags are displayed in the “tag cloud” – the more a tag is used the larger the word appears in the tag cloud. So it is useful if you pick existing tags.
  7. Tags are critical – we are using a very unstructured medium – they provide a way for others to find your content.
  8. When done, click Publish on the right hand side.

To edit a post

  1. Log-in to Community.
  2. Come back to the front end if you see the Dashboard by hovering over the name of the course at the top and then click Visit site.
  3. Find the post you want, and click Edit next to your name.

To comment

  1. Log-in to Community.
  2. Come back to the front end if you see the Dashboard by hovering over the name of the course at the top and then click Visit site.
  3. Find the post you want to want to comment on, and click Leave a comment at the bottom of the post.