On any list of twenty-first century skills, creativity, communication, and collaboration are usually the big three. In this course, you’ll have ample opportunities to hone your skills in each. Whether it’s responding to blog posts, critiquing in a Studio Time session, or collaborating on a group project, your generous participation assures that you are making the contribution that you can to your learning and to that of everyone in the class.
Synchronous Meeting Dates
We’ll call these Studio Times, and we’ve wisely created a window of opportunity on Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm ET when we can meet virtually in the Bookhenge. Since sessions are usually two-weeks long and begin on Mondays, we’ll devote the first Thursday’s Design Time to guest speakers, live tutorials, seminars, or other components of our collaborative inquiries. Then the second Thursday of the session will feature our creative works and public critiques. Please send me an email ahead of time if you find that you will be unable to make a class meeting. We will be archiving the meetings so I can plan on sending you the link right away and you can view and incorporate what you learn into the session’s work, including adding reflections to your Critical Reflection Post for that session.
With an excused absence, late work may be made up with no late penalty. Late assignments should be made up within the next week after the missed class or a longer period may be negotiated if necessary. For more information, please see Academic Regulations http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/pols_regs/REG205.00.13.php
Education is by its very nature a public endeavor. What we create we are most likely to share freely with others. That results in some degree of public exposure. Many educators blog and see this public electronic realm as another opportunity to make a contribution.
Since this course is open to others on the Web it involves electronic sharing or posting of personally identifiable student work or other information with persons not taking or administering the course. You have been asked to sign a consent allowing disclosure of your personally identifiable work. You are not required to sign the consent as a condition of taking the course. If you prefer, you may opt to create an online presence that does not in any way reflect your identity — a pseudonym.
All students are protected by FERPA (Family Educational and Privacy Act) and we as an online community must be vigilant in honoring everyone’s privacy. Please use pseudonyms if those are preferred and do not share any personal information (full name, email address, etc.) when we communicate in the public sphere.
Students are required to comply with the university policy on academic integrity found in the Code of Student Conduct http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/student_services/student_discipline/POL11.35.1.php
Specifically pertinent for this course is the policy on plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another and the representation of the other’s work as their own. The act of submitting work for evaluation or to meet a requirement is regarded as assurance that the work is the result of the student’s own thought and study, produced without assistance, and stated in that student’s own words, except as quotation marks, references, or footnotes acknowledge the use of other sources. Any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully and correctly acknowledged. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited, to the following actions:
(a) Representing the work of others as his or her own; or
(b) Submitting written materials without proper attribution or acknowledgment of the source.
In our digital world, when and how to provide “proper attribution” can be confusing. Copyright and fair use is an area of study that I find particularly interesting. I hope to share in this course that copyright and fair use are part of our intellectual heritage and make it possible for us to build on the work of others. When we study these laws and policies, we learn what our rights are and what we can do. Many believe that all creativity is combinatorial. Please review the “>Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons section carefully and ask questions freely when they arise over individual works this semester.
Know that your submission of any work indicates that you are making the University Honor Pledge: “I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test or assignment.”
Students with Disabilities
Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, student must register with the Disability Services Office (http://www.ncsu.edu/dso) located at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. For more information on NC State’s policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation at http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/academic_affairs/courses_undergrad/REG02.20.1.php.
NC State University provides equality of opportunity in education and employment for all students and employees. Accordingly, NC State affirms its commitment to maintain a work environment for all employees and an academic environment for all students that is free from all forms of discrimination. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation is a violation of state and federal law and/or NC State University policy and will not be tolerated. Harassment of any person (either in the form of quid pro quo or creation of a hostile environment) based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation also is a violation of state and federal law and/or NC State University policy and will not be tolerated. Retaliation against any person who complains about discrimination is also prohibited. NC State’s policies and regulations covering discrimination, harassment, and retaliation may be accessed at http://www.ncsu.edu/policies/campus_environ or http://www.ncsu.edu/equal_op. Any person who feels that he or she has been the subject of prohibited discrimination, harassment, or retaliation should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 515-3148.