Last updated 3/13/18 6:56 AM
Deadlines matter . . .
The primary learning activity in this class is giving and receiving feedback on drafts. The suggestions you give classmates will help them improve their drafts, and the suggestions you receive in return will help you improve yours. The rationale for this is simple. Writing requires two separate skills: writing and editing. Research tells us that competent writers wear both caps. They’re able to write and edit their own drafts.
The goal in this and every other writing class is to develop both these skills, and the most efficient way to do this is to practice on classmates’ drafts. As you develop skill in evaluating their drafts, you’ll develop skill in evaluating your own.
In this class, you’ll be completing five writing assignments. Four will require a review draft (RD) and a final draft (FD). The last, the final exam, will require an FD only. For each RD, you’ll be submitting a minimum of three reviews. Since we’re writing four RDs, you’ll be writing twelve reviews. Twenty percent (200 points) of your course grade will be determined by the quality of these reviews.
For this process to work, you must have RDs to evaluate. If a student fails to submit one, some of her/his classmates will be short a review, and this could impact their course grade. Submitting a draft late creates stress for reviewers, who will have less time to complete their evaluations.
If you’re late in submitting a Review Draft (RD) . . .
Before the deadline, post a note in our Laulima forum for submitting RDs warning classmates that you will be late. Be sure to insert “Late” in the subject header. In your comment, let them know when you’ll be submitting it. (For more on what can or cannot be submitted late, see item 4 below.) This is your word. Keep it. Don’t explain why you’re late. Don’t apologize. The best apology is to never do it again. Hopefully classmates will stand by to evaluate your draft.
If you’re short one or more reviews on your RD . . .
Three reviews are required for every RD you submit. There will be a point penalty for missing reviews. If you’re short, email the class for help. To do this, click on MAILTOOL in our Laulima sidebar, and for the “To:” line, click on ROLES and select STUDENT and INSTRUCTOR.
Partial credit for late work . . .
Quizzes cannot be made up. RDs, RD reviews, and discussions can’t be made up if the class has moved past the related activity. In other words, they can be submitted late only if classmates can use the information in their drafts. For example, if RD evaluations are submitted late but a few days before the FD deadline, then you can still receive partial credit because classmates can still use your feedback. (See the items above for more information.) Also, if an RD is submitted after the FD deadline, classmates have moved on to the activities for the next paper, so you won’t be able to receive credit for it. Similarly, posting discussions after the RDs have been submitted means they can’t be used by classmates in their drafts. Thus, partial credits can’t be earned. FDs don’t require peer comments, so these can be submitted late. But be sure to email and let me know. Otherwise I won’t know they’ve been submitted late.
How to make up lost points . . .
Take advantage of the bonus-point opportunities. From time to time, I also offer the class extra-credit opportunities. Keep an eye out for those. These have strict deadlines. I don’t offer individual extra-credit opportunities.