Humanities 1110 with Richard Jewell - Inver Hills Community College
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Tips: "Keeping Track of Your Grade"
When I was in my first two years of college, I decided that I could not always count on an "A" in every class, so I would decide which classes from which to earn A's and from which to earn B's. That allowed me to know where I could cut corners and where I couldn't. But to keep close tabs on my grade, I learned that I needed to understand exactly how I was developing my grade. Paying closer attention to my grade, week by week, enabled me to understand better how the course was formed, what the teacher expected, and what I was capable of doing to better control my grade.
The grading for the semester is based on 100 X's (100 points or 100%) being equal to an A+. The X's you can earn are divided as follows:
You earn X's by completing the work. In attendance, an "X" (or a "V") is about 70 min. of work. The same is true for extra credit - about 70 min. of work per X. In weekly homework, most assignments are worth 1 X each, with a few being equal to 2 X's. By the end of the term, your total X's will determine your grade as follows:
100 (or more) X's = A+
Basically, you can determine your grade by how many X's you earn. The method of doing well in this class is to earn as many X's as you can, depending on what grade you want. 2009 is the first year in which I have started using this system in online classes. However, I have used this X's system of grading for three years in writing classes on campus, and about 90-95% of students - once they get used to it - report by the end of the term that they think it is a great system, one of the clearest and most fair they have ever used, and they recommend I use it with future classes.
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Simply read the page to find out the basic grading policies and percents. You also can check this page to figure out what your grade is at mid-term or any time after mid-term.
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This portion of your grade will be determined by how many of your weekly, rough-draft, non-graded assignments you turn in. Most assignments are worth one X, a few of them two X's. The most you can get is 45 X's. You cannot be more than one week late with homework assignments (and Drafts I and II of your term paper cannot be late at all). The X's you earn will be added to the total X's you earn for the semester.
FINAL PROJECT GRADE, 20%
The grading of the term project/paper is by letter grade. You MUST turn in a final paper that follows a preponderance (majority) of the requirements in order to pass this course. If you do not do this, then you receive an "F" for the course, no matter how many points you may otherwise have. I translate your letter grade into X's or points as follows:
For more details about the final paper, see "Final Project."
ATTENDANCE GRADE, 35%
Attendance in is very important. Why? Some people think that taking an online course means there is no attendance. However, there is supposed to be either attendance or more work to replace it, so really, no time is saved in taking an online course (except for commuting time). In this class, just as much attendance is expected of you as if you were taking the class on campus. However, the majority of attendance for this class (or all of it, if necessary) is online in bulletin boards (discussion boards) and sometimes in other online activities. There are about 35 attendance X's to earn - or more if you want extra credit X's. Each attendance activity "X" (or "V") is designed to be about the equivalent of 70 minutes long. Some of you will be able to do some attendances in much less time; others of you - especially if you take more time than most to write or read, or if you like to write or read at a leisurely, careful, or meditative pace - will need to spend more time.
(Please note: it is okay - sometimes even good and wise - to learn to write and read faster, especially in a course like this that requires large amounts of both reading and writing. Generally, when people read faster - without skipping sentences - they tend to actually remember the contents better. And when people write faster, at least in rough-draft writing - as for most of the weekly papers - they tend to get more interesting and varied ideas out. So please, seriously consider learning to read and write faster in this class.)
THE REVISION, PARTICIPATION, IMPROVEMENT, ETC. GRADE
This part of the grade generally is based on the average of what you have done for attendance, weekly papers, and the term paper. If your grade is on the line, it could go down or up because of your participation, amount and quality of your revision on the term paper, and your hard work. In general, the best thing you can do to assure yourself a good standing in this part of the class activities is, simply, to get a good grade on everything else. Beyond that, here are some other ways to establish a better standing in this part of the class activities:
How can this part of your grade go lower? You can keep quiet; in the bulletin boards, offer few, poor, or overly short or overly simple answers and responses; avoid me, individual tutoring assistance, and the individual consultation; be negative or cynical about learning to other students; leave work unfinished; have poor attendance; resist doing much of anything to revise your final term project; and, especially, earn very low points (X's) on attendance, weekly papers, and your final term project.
The great majority of students who take this course demonstrate good to excellent behavior, the all of those who finish the course also work hard. I look forward to great behavior and hard work from each of you.
You may make up missed attendance by doing extra writing. Weekly papers cannot be turned in more than one week late (and Drafts I and II of the term paper cannot be late at all.) After weekly papers are late, you cannot make them up. (However, you may still read and write about them, state how long this took, and receive extra credit for the time you spent.) You also may do a number of extra-credit assignments, write about them, and earn extra credit at the rate of one X per 70 min. To see how makeup and extra-credit work, please go to "Attendance/Make Up and Extra Credit."
NOTE--New Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy: As of summer 2007, all Inver Hills students must maintain a 67% completion rate for all credits attempted. This is in addition to the existing requirement that students earn a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or above. You can drop a class in the first week, and this does not affect your completion rate. However, if you withdraw after that, fail to finish the course, or take an "I" (Incomplete), this will affect your completion rate and also may affect your eligibility for financial assistance. See www.inverhills.edu/Enrollment/CollegePolicies/SatisfactoryAcademic.aspx for the complete policy.
your X’s that you have, and also what you expect to get—attendance, weekly
homework, graded paper, and extra credit (on attendance sheet), and then
determine what grade you expect to get.
WEEKS 1-17 TOTALS:
Email me if you are having trouble figuring out how to do this: send me your X's (points) totals and ask me questions about what you don't understand.
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date of publication: August 21, 2001
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