You are responsible for completing the following deliverables this semester.
Success in this course will require you to do more than simply appear in class twice a week and answer an occasional question. I expect that all of my students will be prepared to actively participate in our in class, and digital, discussions since that is a key way to learn as much as possible. Please review the Engagement Rubric in the Engagement page of the Course Policies section of this site.
You will complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #success channel in Slack.
Your first deliverable will be the development of a plan describing the steps you believe are necessary for success in this course. Your plan must also describe how you will execute your plan to achieve success. Your submission, in a minimum of 750 words, should address the suggestions for success described here. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on digital writing. Do not post a Word or Google doc.
You will post your comments in the Course Blog that I maintain for my courses.
I post items of interest that are relevant to the material covered in my courses. The materials in the posts will be discussed over the course of the semester in class and on-line. You are responsible for keeping current on the posts to the blog and providing comments. The submission schedule is included in the Course Schedule. My goal is to encourage an active discussion between and among all of my students related to the events of the day. And remember … it is a public blog … be certain that your comments comport with the etiquette requirements described in the Etiquette section of the Communication page.
I will evaluate the following factors when I assess your blog comments:
- A thoughtful, substantive and well-reasoned summary/response to the blog post you have chosen – approximately five hundred (500) words per comment; and
- Your comments should not simply regurgitate the article you have reviewed. I have no interest in reading a “book report” version of the article that you have chosen. I am, however, interested in comments that provide your insight into the relevance of the article in question, and
- Evidence in your blog comments in that you have read and are specifically and thoughtfully responding to the points raised by the author and/or if responding to someone’s prior comments on a post.
Please refer to the Course Schedule and Calendar for details about the blog comments submission schedule. Don’t be late … you know my policy on accepting late submissions!
Click here to subscribe to the course blog’s Twitter feed.
You will complete this deliverable by posting your contributions to the appropriate TID channel in Slack.
A discussion is defined as “ discussing” and “ “. You will engage in a topic/issue discussion in each Module of the course. Each TID will begin with an article, video, podcast and/or question. Your initial response, in a minimum of 750 words, to the TID is your answer to the question(s) posed and issues raised, a reflection of your consideration of the issues that flow from those materials. The post function in Slack provides you great flexibility when preparing and posting your initial response to the TID.
I fully expect that you will rely on sources in support of your position … whether in your initial response to the TID or during the continuing conversation. When you do refer to a source you should create a hyperlink to the additional materials that help explain or support your position. The post function in Slack also allows for adding comments to a specific post.
That said, our continuing discussion is an important part of the TID exercise. You will note that there is a comment period available in each TID cycle. As I have noted elsewhere, you should engage your classmates ” … with commentary, reaction and/or analysis of their TID posts … ” during the comment period. The point of the exercise is to generate a robust conversation about the issue(s) at hand. These discussions, your engagement, are essential to create the atmosphere of active learning and critical thinking that is an integral part of this course. All students must express their own opinions and engage with other students in the process.
Our TID discussions are ongoing so simply posting your initial response to the TID will not be sufficient. You must engage your classmates with commentary, reaction and/or analysis of their TID posts (see the comment period in each TID cycle). Remember, discussion is defined as “ discussing” and “ “. The good news is that Slack will allow us to engage in either synchronous or asynchronous written exchanges that will stand in for conversations.
I will evaluate your level of engagement, the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, appearance and satisfaction of form requirements; articulation of all potential issues presented and the quality and depth of analysis when assessing your submissions.
You will submit your journal posts in the My Journal folder in Blackboard.
You will identify a current issue examining the intersection of law and business and prepare a Journal Proposal.
You will prepare a proposal, in a minimum of 750 words, that should include a description of your topic with information adequate to make a well developed argument in support of your proposal. You must post your proposed topic to your Journal no later than the date and time specified in the Course Schedule. Approval of your topic will be posted to your Journal.
You will post content appropriate to the approved topic as required by the Course Schedule. Each post will describe the relevance of the content to your topic in a minimum of 500 words per post.
The final post in your journal will be an Executive Summary summarizing, in a minimum of 1,000 words, your journal content. Your Summary must be posted to your Journal no later than the date and time specified in the Course Schedule.
All posts to your Journal, including your proposal and Executive Summary, must meet at least the minimum word count, contain multimedia (audio and/or video) content, include both live in-text hyperlinks (in lieu of footnotes or endnotes) and a Works Cited list using MLA format and live hyperlinks to each source. Each post should be appropriately sourced with a minimum of four sources (not Wikipedia or the textbook) supporting that post’s content.
I will evaluate the following factors when I assess your journal posts:
- The presence of content relevant to your topic, i.e., high quality, substantive material, supported by your sources, and
- The extent to which you address the requirements of the assignment, i.e., you have met or exceeded the minimum word count, included multimedia content, live in-text hyperlinks (in lieu of footnotes or endnotes) and a Works Cited list (using MLA format and live hyperlinks to each source). Please remember that Wikipedia, the course text and other non-primary sources, are not an acceptable.
You will complete this assignment by visiting the Final Exam folder in Blackboard.
Grades on each assignment will be posted to the My Grades folder in Blackboard. The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:
- Engagement (20%)
- Course Blog (10%)
- TIDs (30%)
- Journal (30%)
- Final Exam (10%)