Program-Wide Policies on Attendance, Participation, Non-Discrimination, Accommodations, Academic Misconduct, Syllabus Modifications, Dead Week, and Reflective Portfolio
Please carefully review the program-wide policies of Georgia Tech’s writing and communication program. Many of these policies may substantially affect your grade.
During the week (M-F), you can expect me to respond to emails within 24 hours. I may not respond to emails sent over the weekend until Monday. I expect you to read my emails, and you are bound to the information contained in them.
Technology Expectations and Technology Mishaps
In addition to the communication work we do in this course, I will expect you to learn the technologies required to complete course assignments. Since so much of our work will happen online, there may be minor technical mishaps along the way. We will do our best to work through them. I will not punish you for technology mishaps that are my fault. To avoiding technology problems on your end, begin your work early and to get in touch with me as soon as you run into problems.
You should keep backups of all of your work, even work you have posted to the blog. I recommend you compose blog work in a text editor before you post them here so that you have your own backup copies. Keeping drafts of work in progress is important not just as a backup, but also so that you have drafts to include in the final portfolio.
While I encourage you to attach your name to the work you do online, I understand that there are many reasons some students would prefer to remain anonymous. If you prefer to post anonymously, let me know in the first week of class what pseudonymous username you prefer for the blog. When you are posting material that might reveal your identity to the public (for example, a video of yourself speaking), you will be able to password-protect your post with a password shared by the entire class. If you choose to password-protect identity-revealing posts, your classmates will be able to see the content, but no one in the general public will.
I hold regular office hours as listed on the course overview page. I encourage you to come visit during the times listed as you plan and prepare your assignments, or if you would like to discuss ideas from class. I am also happy to make an appointment with you during regular business hours (M-F, 9-5) if these times do not work.
Since so much of our class revolves around discussion of readings and of work, it is crucial that you get your work done on time. Others are depending on you to post to the blog, for example, so that they can comment on your post. Any late work turned in within 72 hours of the due time will receive a full-grade (10 percentage point) penalty; work turned in more than 72 hours after the due time will receive a zero.
Completion of Assignments
All major assignments must be completed for you to pass this course.
The tutors at the Georgia Tech Communication Center are trained to help you brainstorm, plan, and execute your multimodal projects. I encourage you to take advantage of this excellent resource. The Communication Center is located in Clough Commons 447, and you can find information about it on the web here.
Textbook Tech Support
Macmillan Higher Ed handles tech support for WOVENText. For support, go to macmillanhighered.com/techsupport/ Click the chat button for live help, available 24/7; use an online form to request a response within 24 hours; or search the knowledge base for an FAQ. Or call 1-800-936-6899 Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. EST; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST; and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST.
The assessment rubric of the writing and communication program will help you understand places where your work can improve. Should the need arise, I will produce versions of this rubric that apply to individual assignments. The rubric is a guide to assessment, but particular data points on the rubric do not correlate to particular grades—the grade you receive will be a holistic assessment of your work on a particular assignment.
You should not understand the grades I assign as opening gambits in a negotiation but as my well-considered assessment of where your work stands at some point in the semester. You will be more successful in this class if the question when you come to office hours is not “How can I get an A,” but rather, “How can I improve my work?” It is inappropriate to ask me for a grade change unless you believe I have calculated a grade incorrectly.
Final course grades will be rounded to a whole number and will follow the standard Georgia-Tech grade ranges:
Individual work will receive finer-grained letter grades, with numerical equivalents as follows: