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Class Discussion

You are required to participate in class discussions using WebBoard for this course. You will be required to participate in 14 of the 16 discussion units for this class and will be given a score from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, for a maximum of 140 points within this grading category, which represents 10% of your total grade.

During these discussions you should practice good netiquette, always observing our agreement to respect others and their opinions, although we do not always have to agree with them. For a discussion on proper netiquette practices, you can consult Mr. Rambo's Netiquette pages on the subject.  

Note: These discussions can be very helpful in preparing you for the quizzes, so you might want to complete them before taking your quizzes.    

Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia in Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990)

Using WebBoard

For this course, again, you will need to use WebBoard. You may take this Enter WebBoard  link, or you may use the link on the bottom of each course web page.

For those of you who have not used WebBoard before, Mr. Rambo has a Using WebBoard link that is very helpful and very thorough, and you are welcome to use it. Note: Do Not Take the "Link to WebBoard" link from his page; that will take you to his class's discussion. Always take the link above this paragraph or the link at the bottom of any of the course web pages.  Two things Mr. Rambo, the IVCC expert, says are necessary to remember when using WebBoard are that 1) your browser must be set to accept cookies to use WebBoard and 2) if you type in the URL address to access the discussion rather than taking the links, then you must type the whole address, including the "http://" at its beginning.


Discussion Requirements

It is important to remember that you are required to participate in these discussions and that you are being graded on them. I will evaluate the quality and quantity of your contributions, and I expect them to conform to the parameters I explain here.

I will evaluate the quality in terms of your comprehension of the texts and topics we are discussing; I will look for you to quote from the texts to support your opinions about them; I will expect that your comments contain knowledge and insight, and since this is a discussion, I will expect you to react to others' comments and to provide helpful information to others, as needed. These comments should probably be at least eight sentences long a piece.

I will evaluate the quantity of your comments, as well. I expect that you will log in to the WebBoard at least three times a week, making at least five comments a week. At least two of these comments should directly respond to the discussion prompts that I provide, and three should address the comments of your classmates. 

This is the most elastic category of evaluation for the course. Should your comments be extremely analytical, helpful, creative, prolific, or profuse, you will earn more points, occasionally a few "extra credit" ones. Likewise, if your comments are bare minimum responses, not spread out over the week, or all posted near or on the last day of the week, your grade will be subject, potentially, to a negative score.

If you have any trouble with WebBoard, please do not hesitate to ask me for help as soon as possible. You don't want to lose points for a technical problem that can be quickly (and we hope painlessly) resolved.

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Contact Kimberly M. Radek, the instructor of Film, Art, and Literature, at Kimberly_Radek@ivcc.edu

This page was last updated on 30 May 2006 . Copyright Kimberly M. Radek, 2001.