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Designing the Course: It's Your Choice
For this first assignment of the semester, you will learn about the many CHOICES you will be making: choosing your schedule, and also choosing your grade. All that may seem a bit strange at first, but as you work through the Orientation Week, it will all fall into place, I promise, and you can contact me any time if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This assignment will take appx. 15 minutes to complete:
- read the information on this page
- fill out the Google Form (you'll find the link below)
- complete the Canvas Declaration
Returning students: Welcome back! In addition to reading the information here and filling out the form, you'll want to check out this important information: Orientation for Returning Students.
Canvas is where you will record your completed work and track your class progress, while the course content will be outside of Canvas at the various class websites. Each course has its own distinctive course card image: Isis for Myth-Folklore, Gajalakshmi for Indian Epics 995, and Samudramanthan for Indian Epics 996.
PART ONE: CHOOSING YOUR SCHEDULE
Core Assignments. This week is an Orientation Week, and then you will have the same basic schedule for Weeks 2-15, with six core assignments each week: two reading assignments, a storytelling blog post based on that reading, commenting on other people's blogs, working on your own class project, and giving other people feedback on their projects. You'll be learning more about those assignments later this week.
Time Required. Those core assignments will take about 6 hours each week to complete. Think of that as being the equivalent of the 3 hours you would normally spend going to class, plus 3 hours of work outside of class each week. The workload is very steady: no tests, no midterms, no final... just a steady 6 hours of reading and writing every week.
YOU Design the Schedule. Because this is a fully online course, there are no scheduled meeting times. That means it will be UP TO YOU to design the schedule. Maybe you want to do all the work on Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Maybe you want to do it all on Saturday and Sunday. Maybe you want to do the work on Monday and Tuesday, finishing up on Friday. That's totally up to you! At the end of this assignment, I'll ask you to fill out a Google Form with your preferred times so that I can help you arrange the core assignments based on the schedule you prefer.
Due Dates. Yes, there are due dates to make sure you do not fall behind, but I hope you will not wait for the due dates to do the work. Instead, you should work according to your own schedule. You can always complete the work early, ahead of the due dates. Take some advice from former students: their main recommendation is to WORK AHEAD. If you work a week or two ahead, you can finish the semester early!
Canvas Calendar. Each assignment in Canvas has a due date. All the assignments are due at "midnight" (11:59PM) on a given day of the week, as you can see here.
Canvas Grace Period. There is also an "unavailable until" date for each assignment which goes until "noon" (12:01 PM) the next day. The difference between the due date and the available until date is the "grace period" in Canvas.
You should finish the assignment by the due date, but the grace period is there as an emergency extension if you need it, no questions asked. Hopefully you won't need to use the grace period very often... but it's there if/when things do not quite go as planned.
Cartoon by Dan Regan.
PART TWO: GRADING
You will be doing all the grading in this class. I give you feedback (lots of feedback!), but the grade is up to you. My goal is for everybody to pass the class, but whether you want to go for an A or B or C is your choice. Here's how that works:
Points and Declarations. Each assignment has a point value, and you receive the points when the assignment is complete (no partial credit; the assignment must be complete before you take the points). So, as you finish each assignment, you will record the points in Canvas by means of a "Declaration" — which is just a true/false quiz checklist where you confirm that the assignment is done. The points you declare are automatically recorded in your total points, which you can see in the upper right-hand corner of the Canvas Gradebook.
IMPORTANT: If you have a question about the Declaration, send me an email explaining the situation and we will get it figured out, whatever the problem might be — but do not answer "true" to the Declaration unless you are really are done with the assignment. When in doubt, write me and ask! And if you forget to do a Declaration, that's okay too; you can always contact me, and I'll record the points for you manually.
Final Grade. Each week, there are 30 points of core assignments, plus extra credit assignments. So, that means there are 450 points total (30 points per week for 15 weeks), along with all the extra credit. Your final grade is determined by your total points. If you have 410 or more points at the end of the semester, that's an A. For 360 points, you will receive a grade of B. You need 320 points to pass the class with a C.
Dead Week / Finishing Early. You are done with the course as soon as you reach the total points you need for the grade that you want. If you complete the core assignments during Weeks 1-14, you will have enough points for an A at the end of Week 14, which means Week 15 is a total Dead Week in this class. If you work ahead and/or do extra credit, you can finish the course before Week 14. More about how that works: Progress Chart.
Honor Code. This class is governed by an Honor Code. So, make sure you read the Declaration carefully; this grading system depends on your Declarations being honest and accurate. For more information about the Academic Integrity Council at OU, see the OU Guide to Academic Integrity.
I know this grading system may seem a little strange at first, but it works really well! If you want to read what past students think about it, you can see their comments here: DIY Grading: What Students Say.
PART THREE: PLAN YOUR WEEK
Now that you've had a chance to think about how the class works, I'd like you to tentatively plan out your 6-hour weekly schedule. You can change your mind at any time, but you need some kind of schedule in mind for Week 2. Here is the Google Form to fill out: Designing Your Schedule. For example: MWF 2 hours each day, or maybe MWF 1 hour each day plus 3 hours on Sunday, or maybe 1 hour every day except Friday... any combination of 6 hours over the week will work!
Then, based on the hours/days you mark on that form, I'll send you back a customized schedule that you can use starting in Week 2. Save the email you get back from me with the suggested schedule for Week 2, and if you change your mind as you work through the assignments and want to try a different schedule instead, just let me know.
DO YOUR FIRST DECLARATION
Okay, you're done! It's time to complete your first Gradebook Declaration: log on at Canvas and choose this course from your dropdown menu of your courses. Click on the Modules link on the left and you will see Week 1 at the top. Click on this assignment: Week 01 Design Your Course. Take the quiz, answering "true" to the Declaration, and then "submit" to finish the quiz.
After you submit your answer, you'll be able to see your points in the Canvas. The total points should show up in the upper right-hand corner of the Gradebook; after you complete this Declaration, you will see "2/2" as your total points so far. Congratulations on getting started!
Are you ready to continue? You can move on right now to the next assignment: creating your blog!
Here is the text of the Declaration that you will see in Canvas:
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
I have read the information about assignments and due dates for this course, and I have also read the information about points-based grading.
I will be honest and accurate when I make my Gradebook Declarations, doing the Declaration only AFTER I have completed each assignment.
I have filled out the Google Form, including my tentative schedule for the class.
When creating an assignment, you can offer a grace period in which late assignments will be received but marked as late in your LaunchPad gradebook. You have the option of adding a grace period to an assignment when you select the date and time it is due.
Hover over the assignment you want to give a grace period and click More Options. Then, click Edit.
Open assignment settings
Click on the image to zoom in.
Click "Assignment" or "Assign Due Date"
In the Assignment tab (or Assign Due Date depending on the LaunchPad), below the due date settings, you'll find the checkbox for Allow late submissions until grace period expires. Check this box to set the grace period.