credit may be earned in two ways, by:
an activity assignment, as described below, and/or by
selected Success Workshops.
see a class in a way no teacher can: as a new learner. With
that in mind, students in my class can gain substitute credit
(see the Mech 1 syllabus)
by improving the class using the skills and experience they learned
in the class itself. It's the opportunity for a student
to demonstrate how she would improve at least a portion of a class,
if she had the chance.
improve a lab/activity assignment grade, the student
must complete the following sequence:
- Choose an existing
activity topic (Transformers, RC Time Constants, etc.) and
decide what needs to be changed about that activity. The
student may choose to offer a totally new or different activity
(for that existing topic).
- Make a list of
the improvements that are to be made and the materials (parts
list / schematics) that would be required for the new handout.
list has to be substantial enough so that, in the instructor's
sole opinion, at least an hour and a half will be required
to redo the assignment into a finished product.
instructor will require the new handout have at least
first page will be for instructional steps, a materials
list and schematics (and/or pictorials).
- A second
page will be for fill-in data.
another way, the handout should have about the same
structure and quality as the instructor's own handouts,
although some of the original material may be reused
(e.g., pictorials and schematics, if unmodified).
- Submit the list
of changes (or the new activity) to the instructor for approval.
approval isn't granted by this point (prior to submission),
the improved handout will not be accepted for substitute
- Upon approval,
the student will substantially rewrite the activity so that
it is a functional document that could actually be used in
class for that topic.
Submit all of the
following by the due date:
original handout (get an unused copy from the instructor).
new handout (with instructional
steps, materials list and schematics).
The reasons why the activity was improved or changed
(the things wrong with the original exercise).
list of the improvements that were used to make
the exercise better.
each activity handout successfully improved, an activity grade
may be substituted with a better score.
instructor will grade the improved handout.
will be looking for problems a student could encounter while
doing the activity, such as: safety issues, missed topic
points, grammar and spelling, quality of the illustrations
and materials list, design and layout, etc.
assigned grade will replace the grade earned on the original
for example, the newly improved activity grade is a 90%
and the original lab grade that the student is seeking to
replace was a 70%, the 90% grade will replace it.
substitute grade will never reduce the initial grade, however,
and the substitute grade will never exceed 100%.
the exercise grade has been replaced, the substitute grade cannot
be changed to a different exercise.
about exercise improvements:
- Are subject to change.
instructor has the final decision on suitability of any activity
used for substitute credit.
credit" is intended to "substitute" for low scores,
not to replace missed grades.
exercises are part of the required curriculum and must be completed
to be eligible for substitute credit.
"0" (zero) grade will not be eligible for substitution.
Credit transfer isn't allowed.
of a grade improvement:
- There are many factors
that contribute to how much a student's overall grade may or
may not be improved by participating in substitute credit activities.
- Any change may not
be enough to affect the recorded letter grade for the class.
Participation in any
substitute credit activity is entirely optional, is intended as
an incentive to further student learning (not buffer student grades),
and is undertaken at the student's own risk.
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