Participation is mandatory and will count towards the course grade. (First Discussion Question (Introduction) must be at least 250 words long. Your response must be submitted before the end of the first week, it is our way of confirming your attendance in the course. See instructions in classroom.) You are expected to provide a substantial and well-written comment in each session and a similar comment or reflection in reply to at least two other students’ contribution. Statements such as “I agree” or “good post” will not count as a reply.
The quizzes are on-line, open-book, and timed. They may include multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short essay type questions. They are due by the end of each week. You are not to collaborate on quizzes – all work must be your own.
The Final Exam will be comprehensive and cover weeks 1-8. The exam is on-line, open-book, and timed. It may include multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short essay type questions. You are not to collaborate on the Final Exam – all work must be your own.
Students will prepare and present an online presentation on a research topic of their choice (approved by the instructor), which is related to the course content. The presentation will be done using either PowerPoint or Prezi, and a video of the presentation including voice narration will be made using the Kaltura system. This exercise is designed to have each student conduct research, assess and summarize his or her research findings, and present these findings online with voice narrated slides. This will be just like writing a research paper, except that the research findings will be presented in outline form in PowerPoint or Prezi with voice narration, rather than as a research paper. Just like a research paper, your presentation should include slides that contain a title, introduction to the topic, main body, summary and conclusions, and bibliography. Creative use of properly cited graphics and photos that are relevant to your topic is required. The exercise has three primary purposes: 1) to show you are very familiar with the topic, 2) to become familiar with PowerPoint or Prezi software, and 3) to express your knowledge in an oral presentation format - efficient and understandable, captivating for your audience. Please check the assignment instructions for the details on the research project.
Goals of this project include encouraging development of research skills, familiarization with presentation of academic material, and practice in communicating research to an “audience”. The grading rubric is posted in the classroom.
Please see the student handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.