TL;DR: This course has requirements designed to maximize online participation, community building, and writing practice. It requires one textbook.
This section of NMAC 3108 is composed of two wiki projects and daily work, listed in the chart on the right. Each requirement will be on-going throughout the semester, will require regular contributions, and be comprised of various assignments. Each assignment must be submitted in order to pass the course.
Projects you complete online should be able to stand alone; that is, assignments should not reference the class, but target a particular professional audience. Remember, these are public documents, not just assignments; your audience, if you’re considering yourself as part of an expert community, is not necessarily your classmates and professor.
Please read each project at the beginning of the semester, so you have an understanding of what will be expected of you during the semester. Some assignments will take longer to complete than others. Work a bit and practice every day — do not procrastinate.
Select the tabs for details of each requirement.
Any assignment that is not part of creating your MediaWiki projects will count for daily work, like discussion forums, training, writing/editing exercises. This work will be evaluated weekly, so students should keep up with the weekly schedule.
|“||The difference between getting an A as opposed to a B or C comes down to simply doing all the assigned work on-time.||”|
This course is challenging for at least two reasons: it is fully online, so student/instructor contact is minimized, and it depends on a writing platform that most students will be unfamiliar with editing. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary for students to actively engage and participate in working consistently throughout the semester.
Learning the skills necessary for the successful completion of this course (namely, writing for the screen and editing Wikipedia) will require daily practice. Consider this like learning a musical instrument or a new sport: You will be intimidated at first; you will be frustrated. The only way you will be able to gain confidence and ability is through consistent practice.
Most students who fail this class are those who do not take this warning seriously and procrastinate. Please follow the weekly schedule and practice regularly. In my experience, most often the difference between getting an A as opposed to a B or C comes down to simply doing all the assigned work on-time. Every semester I have students who just don’t do some assignments, and this alone impacts their grades more than anything else.
- This is the general percentage breakdown for these requirements. As I use a point system for evaluation, the percentages are just an estimate.
- Seriously, procrastination is likely the cause of 95% of failures in this course. You must work consistently and carefully each week to be successful.
- Part of the implications of this fact means that only through your weekly participation will I know that you’re still in the course. Any large gaps in your work could lead to a lower grade or class failure.
- Part of practicing is paying close attention to the conventions of Wikipedia and fixing errors in writing and coding when you make them. Most of the latter should be obvious; just leaving the error or letting someone else fix it will cost you points. Also, asking questions (particularly if something is unclear) is a good way to participate.
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