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grading philosophy

The professor cares much more about learning than about grades, but she knows that most people rely on grades to help move the learning process along, so she does her best to grade things fairly and accurately. She wants every student to get the highest possible grade for the course--that makes students feel successful as learners, but it also helps the professor feel successful as a teacher! 


grade breakdown for the course



Short assignments/responses—three altogether

Marked these will be marked with a ✔ (full credit), a ✔+ (full credit, outstanding work), or a ✔- (half credit); some of these—but not all—will also be marked with the professor’s comments


Midterm essay exam

Graded with traditional letter grade only


Term project—two-page project proposal

Written comments only; all on-time proposals meeting requirements will receive full credit (A)


Term project—email progress report

Graded with traditional letter grades; expect email response


Term project—final

Graded with traditional letter grade; written comments at student’s request


Term project—shareable digital format

Grade for shared file format only

grading standards

There is no grading rubric for this course; rather, students will be graded holistically; that is, a decision will be made about the quality of each assignment by considering it as a whole. Following is a list of questions that might be asked about each piece of work submitted.

    • Is this responsive to the assignment?
    • Does it make use of course readings and discussions?
    • Is it thoughtful and intelligent? Does the audience learn anything new, or will the reader be challenged by the ideas?
    • Does it seem as though the person presenting the work has learned something in the process?
    • How deeply does the assignment treat the subject?
    • Is the composition clear and relatively free of error?
    • Could it easily have been done better; or, does the piece show outstanding effort?

extra credit

Extra credit work is not encouraged; rather, students are urged to do all the assigned work for the course in a timely way and to revise work. Students who keep up to date with required work will get the most from the course. However, there are a few opportunities for earning extra credit; in particular, students are invited to create audio recordings for assigned readings and to consider creating video descriptions using YouDescribe.

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