Course Requirements

WSU uses a lettered grading policy, A-F, including + and – grades. Use this grade calculator to determine your standing, or use the spreadsheet available on Blackboard Learn. Your final grade will be calculated according to the following breakdown:

Engagement: 16%

Participation begins with attendance. Both absence and tardiness will affect this portion of your grade. I encourage open communication whenever you miss class. After two absences, you must speak with me to avoid penalty. Otherwise, a third absence will result in the reduction of your participation grade by a full letter grade. A fourth absence will result in the reduction of your final grade by a full letter grade. A fifth absence will result in a failing grade for the course. Arrival in class more than 10 minutes after it begins will count as an absence.

Absence does not justify turning in assignments late. Sickness happens, accidents happen, bad weather happens, computer problems happen, over-sleeping happens, family crises happen, the bus comes late… that’s why you get two absences no questions asked. Save them for such emergencies. Above all, stay in touch. Communication is central to this course.

Your engagement grade will also reflect the quality and thoughtfulness of your contributions in class, respect shown to class members, as well as your attitude and role in small group exercises. This course cannot work unless everyone comes prepared. Review your syllabus frequently and plan your workload accordingly.

Blog Posts: 24%

You will write three blog posts for our course page during this session, one for each unit. You can find due dates on the schedule. More detailed instructions are available on the blogging prompt. In short, blog posts will be evaluated for 1.) How well they respond to the unit readings, 2.) The quality of reflection and insight, and 3.) Writing and web publishing mechanics. Each post is worth 8% of your final grade.

Projects: 60%

Major assignments will be graded using the A – F scale. You have the right to revise one of the first two assignments for a higher grade. I encourage you to meet with me in advance to discuss the nature of the revisions you will make. All revisions for a higher grade must be accompanied by the original graded work and are due to me no later than Wednesday, July 27th.

Final Grade Breakdown

Engagement: 16%
Blog posts: 24%
Projects: 60%

  • Data Analysis: 20%
  • Design Thinking: 20%
  • Digital Curation: 20%