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.
This is not a course that will focus primarily on a lecture format. We will focus on assigned cases using the Socratic method to engage with, and learn, the course material. That will require you to you complete the Before Class assignments found in the Course Schedule. Assessment of your preparedness and engagement will include your performance on unscheduled content quizzes.
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 writing on digital platforms. Never post 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 350 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, your success in writing on a digital platform, 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 complete this assignment by posting your memo in Slack.
We will complete two case analysis projects this semester. Links to the materials related to each case analysis is in the Course Schedule.
Each case analysis requires two phases.
The first phase will require you to review materials in the text. You will also study a case that examines issues related to the simulation topic, focusing on facts, a statutory excerpt and case law. Based on your knowledge of the particular area of law as a whole, you will then compose a neutral memorandum (not to exceed 750 words) that outlines each legal issue present with a short explanation of the applicable legal rules or doctrine. The sources of law for this memorandum are the text’s chapter on the area of law as well as any applicable statutory and case law. Your perspective is not that of an advocate. Rather, your analysis is as objective as possible in spotting any and all potential issues that could arise in the case and opine as to the likelihood of success on each point. You will complete this phase of the assignment individually.
During the second phase you will prepare for an in-class Q & A discussion of the issues presented by the materials included in the first phase. You will be assigned to a team that will advocate for one side or the other during the discussion.
I will evaluate the following factors when I assess your contributions to the simulations:
- Phase 1: Assessment will be based on the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, document appearance and satisfaction of form requirements; articulation of all potential issues presented and the quality and depth of analysis. You will complete Phase 1 individually. Your issues memorandum should reflect a thoughtful, substantive and well-reasoned summary; and
- Phase 2: Assessment will be based on your mastery of the issues under consideration, contribution to the preparatory work of your team and participation in the give and take of the in-class discussion.
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%)
- Case Analysis (30%)
- Final Exam (10%)