This course has several specific goals:
The schedule page has many online readings. There is also a bibliography of online articles. This bibliography page is a work that is always in progress, because Web articles tend to come and go. I hope it will change throughout the term as we find new readings. From time to time, I will put other readings on reserve in Student Services in Allen Hall. Readings for the week appear on the tentative schedule. Assume the readings are to be completed by Monday's class.
Class meets twice a week for two two-hour sessions. Attendance is expected, and unexcused absences will affect your grade in the class. During many of the class meetings, we will be planning the class Web site and working on it. In a class with such a project, absences not only hurt you as an individual but also the group as a whole.The following is the suggested syllabus language for academic misconduct. Some of these criteria are more appropriate in certain classes than in others. For example, we will be working in groups for some assignments, as individuals for others. I'll explain the criteria for each assignment. The University Student Conduct Code (available at conduct.uoregon.edu) defines academic misconduct. Students are prohibited from committing or attempting to commit any act that constitutes academic misconduct. By way of example, students should not give or receive (or attempt to give or receive) unauthorized help on assignments or examinations without express permission from the instructor. Students should properly acknowledge and document all sources of information (e.g. quotations, paraphrases, ideas) and use only the sources and resources authorized by the instructor. If there is any question about whether an act constitutes academic misconduct, it is the students' obligation to clarify the question with the instructor before committing or attempting to commit the act. Additional information about a common form of academic misconduct, plagiarism, is available at www.libweb.uoregon.edu/guides/plagiarism/students.
Grading:Much of the class grade will be based on work on the Web site story or stories each student does. For the Web site, grading will be based on professional criteria for reporting. I do not expect all students to be proficient with multimedia elements; grading of these elements will reflect a willingness to work in these areas. I do expect that students will pay attention to the mechanics of writing in all assignments--grammar, spelling, punctuaton, etc.