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.
How to get Substitute Credit:
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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
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.
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.
will require the new handout have at least two pages.
page will be for instructional steps, a materials list
and schematics (and/or pictorials).
A second page
will be for fill-in data.
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.
isn't granted by this point (prior to submission), the improved
handout will not be accepted for substitute credit.
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.
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 exercise.
for example, the newly improved activity grade is a 90% and
the original activity 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.
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.
(zero) grade will not be eligible for substitution. Credit
transfer isn't allowed.
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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