Grading Policy

Read this page CAREFULLY. You will be held accountable for its contents.

I do not believe in the bell curve. I believe that if a student does what I ask of them, they deserve a good grade. Every one of my students is eligible for an A in my course. Of course, that does not mean that earning an A is easy or that everyone will get one.

You will NOT receive grades on your writing throughout the semester, with the exception of the final portfolio. I believe that when students focus on a letter or a number, they forget about learning. Plus, I cannot expect you to be doing the same level of writing at the beginning of the semester as you will be doing at the end of the semester, when you have had time to learn more about the craft. It would be unfair for me to judge the early work the same way as the later works. Instead, you will receive feedback that I expect you to consider and address, so that when you get to the final portfolio, you have learned something, and you can present your best work.

Your final grade will be calculated as follow:

50% contract grade

50% quality of final ePortfolio

50% contract

The contract grade represents a contract between students and the instructor. Students will earn a grade based on their ability to complete work on time and according to criteria. The instructor will provide timely feedback.

Excellence – A

Students who demonstrate excellence will earn an contract grade. To earn an students should:

  • Post all work on time
  • Go above and beyond the criteria for each writing assignment
  • Respond to 3+ classmates’ posts per discussion and/or give insightful, thoughtful responses that go beyond the basic criteria

Satisfactory – B

Students who perform at a satisfactory level will earn a B contract grade. To earn at least a B students should:

  • Not turn in more than 2 assignments late
  • Meet the criteria for each writing assignment
  • Respond to a minimum of 3 classmates’ posts per discussion that follow the response criteria (instructions posted on Bb)

Bare minimum – C

Students who do the bare minimum will earn a C contract grade. To earn at least a C students should:

  • Not turn in more than 2 assignments late
  • Mostly meet criteria for writing assignments
  • Respond to a minimum of 2 classmates’ posts per discussion that meet the criteria for response; or respond to 3 classmates’ posts per discussion that do not fully meet the criteria for responses

Work missing/Incomplete – F

Students who perform at a satisfactory level will earn an F contract grade. I rarely give D contract grades, but that would fall into this category as well. An F contract grade will be given to students who:

  • Turn in 3+ assignments late
  • Have missing assignments
  • Fail to meet the basic criteria for writing assignments
  • Fail to respond to classmates’ posts

50% Final ePortfolio

The Final ePortfolio will be judged for quality based on a rubric that values content over mechanics. This rubric will be posted by week 3, as I learn more about what the students in this class value in writing and research processes.

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