Assignments & assessment

How to succeed in this seminar:
Attend each class session on time, bring relevant readings and notes, and participate regularly in discussions, both inside and outside of the seminar. At the end of the semester, your classmates and the mentor — not the instructor — will evaluate your level of participation.

Take the initiative by asking questions. If you don’t understand something, odds are that other students are wondering about the same issue. Go ahead and ask!

If an illness or family emergency interferes with attending class, immediately inform your instructors and inquire about how to compensate for what you have missed.

Keep a calendar to manage your time and stay ahead of deadlines for all classes and obligations. Either paper or digital is fine — but use it regularly. My personal preference is Google Calendar, which is synced between my mobile device and my laptop, with a tool for students to book their own appointments.

Make time to talk with your advisor and mentor outside of class. Email is a good way to ask me a quick question, but face-to-face meetings are best for discussing you and your progress at Trinity. Drop in during my office hours or schedule an appointment.

Everyone — including your instructor — learns to improve our writing by sharing drafts, receiving reader feedback, and revising our prose. Make the most of peer review assignments, meetings with your instructor, and the Writing Center.

How your work will be evaluated, with individual scores on Moodle:

Post-class exercises: 10 online assignments worth 4 points each = 40 points
scoring: excellent (4), satisfactory (3), unsatisfactory or late (1), or zero essay assignment

  • draft 1 (comments by peers; evaluated by instructor) = 10 points
  • draft 2 (evaluated by community partner) = 10 points

Data visualization essay

  • draft 1 (comments by peers; evaluated by instructor) = 10 points
  • draft 2 (evaluated by community partner) = 10 points

Individual web essay (evaluated by instructor and/or guest) = 10 points

Note: Late essay assignments will receive a 20 percent reduction for every 12-hour period, with exceptions only for verified illness or family emergencies.

Peer evaluation of overall contribution to the seminar, on scale of 0 to 10 = 10 points

TOTAL = 100 potential points (with additional 1-point bonus opportunities TBA, such as the most thoughtful peer reviewer for each essay).

In this course, unsatisfactory work (below 70%) earns a D or F, adequate work (70-79%) is in the C range, good work (80-89%) is in the B range, and outstanding work (90 to 100%) is in the A range. Each range is divided into equal thirds for letter grades with minus (-), regular, and plus (+). Students may access their individual scores on the password-protected Moodle site.

Students are expected to engage in academic honesty in all forms of work for this course. Discussion inside and outside of class, as well as peer review of draft essays, is highly encouraged, but all assignments are expected to be completed independently, except for those clearly labeled as work for partners or groups. If these guidelines are unclear, it is your responsibility to ask for clarification.

Please notify the instructor during the first week of the course if you require any special accommodations (such as religious observances, learning disabilities, etc.).

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